Francisco poderá entrar na história como mais próximo do continente

A convicção foi partilhada pelos argentinos espalhados pelo mundo
contactados por nós. Os nossos interlocutores apontaram para a grande coragem do argentino em defesa dos emigrantes, “Lâmpadusa é um exemplo”, disseram.

SACBC Statement on Sexual Abuse August 2019

“The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful.”  With these words, Pope Francis has called for “a profound conversion of heart” and “concrete and effective actions” on the part of the Church to eradicate the scourge of Child Sexual Abuse.

Bispo culpa o clericalismo como uma das causas de abuso sexual

O bispo Sithembele Sipuka, que é o bispo de Mthatha na África do Sul, bem como o presidente da Conferência dos Bispos Católicos da SACBC, culpou, entre outras coisas, o flagelo do clericalismo predominante em alguns setores da Igreja como um dos as causas do abuso sexual infantil.

Bishop blames clericalism as one of the causes of child sexual abuse

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, who is the Bishop of Mthatha in South Africa as well as the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has blamed, among other things, the scourge of clericalism prevalent in some quarters in the Church as one of the causes of child sexual abuse.

Bishop Sipuka was speaking at the plenary assembly for 2019 of the SACBC currently taking place in Mariannhill, South Africa. In his view, clericalism is the “use of clerical status or power for selfish reasons and getting away with it. In the case of sexual abuse, the selfish reason is the perverted sexual engagement with children by priests with impunity and being offered the opportunity to repeat the offence by being covered up by the bishop and lay people”.

The SACBC, being an assembly of the Bishops of Botswana, Eswatini and South Africa, has chosen the topic of child sexual abuse for study during the current plenary session. To this end they are hosting Fr. Hans Zillner SJ who has worked in this area for a number of years now.  There is also a presence of some Bishops from Lesotho.

In the same address, Bishop Sipuka recalls the meeting of the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences which took place in Rome in February as a momentous occasion for the universal church in tackling child sexual abuse. For him, the meeting in Rome was not just a face-saving scheme for a church struggling with its image. On the contrary, the meeting managed to also focus on the fact that such abuses happen even outside the church and as such the causes of abuse are far more than mere clericalism.

The Bishops of the SACBC normally meet twice a year to reflect on the life of the Church in their territory and this is their second meeting for 2019.

Os nove países da IMBISA no Jubileu do SECAM

Mais de 20 bispos da IMBISA participaram no evento que elegeu Sua Eminência Philippe Nakellentuba Cardeal Ouédraogo, Arcebispo de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso como Presidente em substituição do angolano Gabriel Mbilinge. As procissões típicas das celebrações africanas apresentavam as cores do IMBISA, emocionando participantes africanos e não só.

Longe de Uganda, os cristãos oraram pelo evento. O nosso relato testemunha o fato na paróquia do padre Claudius Maganga, na paróquia de São Pedro Canísio neste domingo, 16ª época ordinária, 28 de julho, na Arquidiocese de Harare. O padre Maganga, de 2 anos de idade naquela comunidade paroquial, compartilhou com os fiéis que o arcebispo de Harare, Dom Robert Christopher Ndlovu, estava em Uganda, Kampala, com outros bispos africanos para o evento e pediu às pessoas que o seguissem em oração para a Igreja Africana. Segundo ele, que também é assessor nacional da Pastoral Juvenil, o maior desafio para a Igreja na África é Juventude, Justiça e Paz: “Precisamos, como você sabe, da ajuda de Deus para fazer mais com os jovens, da família, nos níveis paroquial, diocesano, nacional e continental ”, compartilhou.

A nossa reportagem no comunidade falou com alguns fiéis que sugeriram maior divulgação do SECAM. Para eles, com tantos problemas enfrentados pelos africanos em suas relações com os outros povos, e mais ainda, com o grito de defesa do Papa Francisco, uma novena teria querido conscientizar os fiéis da data. “Precisamos ser mais pro-activos”, eles apontaram.

O SECAM, que agora se proclama como um exemplo para a Igreja na África, foi criado por ocasião da primeira visita de um Papa católico à África em 1969, com a canonização dos mártires ugandeses em Roma. Namugongo, onde as festividades aconteceram é o lugar que guarda o monumento histórico desta legião de santos que precisamos de visitar como um lugar de milagres e bênçãos.

The nine countries at SECAM Jubilee

More than 20 IMBISA bishops attended the SECAM Jubilee celebrations that elected His Eminence Philippe Nakellentuba Cardinal Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to be the President. The typical processions of African celebrations featured the colors of IMBISA, thrilling African participants and beyond.

Far from Uganda, Christians prayed for the event. During his homily on the 28th of July 2018, Fr Maganga of St. Peter Canisius July 28, in the Archdiocese of Harare shared with the faithful that the Archbishop of Harare, Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu, was in Uganda, Kampala, with other African bishops for the event and asked people to follow him in prayer. Fr. Maganga; who is also a national advisor for Youth Ministry, said the biggest challenge for the Church in Africa is Youth, Justice, and Peace and that we need God’s help to do more with young people at the family, diocesan, national and continental levels.

Some parishioners at St Canisius however, suggested further disclosure of SECAM activities so that they may also pray for such events. With so many problems faced by Africans in their relations with other people, there is a need to be more proactive,” they pointed out.

SECAM, which now proclaims itself as an example for the Church in Africa, was created on the occasion of Pope Paul VI first visit to Africa in 1969, with the canonization of Ugandan martyrs in Rome. Namugongo, where the festivities took place is the place that keeps the historical monument of this legion of saints.

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