PF cannot compromise the Catholic church, maybe a few members – Fr Lungu

PF cannot compromise the Catholic church, maybe a few members – Fr Lungu

sataThe Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) says the Catholic Church has not been compromised in providing guidance, checks and balances to Government even if current President Sata professes to be a staunch Catholic.
ZEC secretary general Father Cleophas Lungu said if some church members have been compromised, this does not represent the views of the religious organisation.
Fr. Lungu said on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday Interview that if some members can no longer provide checks and balances to the PF Government, this does not mean that the entire Catholic Church has been affected.
“Perhaps there could be some people who are compromised but I don’t believe that the church has been compromised in any way…I would like to refer to Caritas Zambia, which was very vocal and participated in the elections.
“The same people in Caritas Zambia are the ones now issuing the state of the nation report. If you read that report, you will see that Caritas Zambia is not compromised,” he said.
Fr Lungu said the church has remained prophetic, forthright and objective in distinguishing what is right and wrong, adding that the church will remain consistent and impartial.
“That is why even with a Catholic President, we issued a strong pastoral letter which even hammered on issues of good governance or maybe failure to implement tenets of good governance by the current Government,” he said.
Fr. Lungu said the church has empowered its members in small Christian communities with the word of God, which they apply in daily situations after critically analysing social issues.
Fr Lungu also said from the time the Catholic Church issued a pastoral letter early this year, there has been an increased level of consultation by Government on a number of national issues.
He said the Ministry of Home Affairs recently called church leaders for a consultative meeting to discuss, among other things, gay rights, deregistration of churches and mushrooming of prophets in the country.
“I remember sitting in the boardroom and telling the deputy minister of Home Affairs that ‘this is the right way to go. When there is a challenge, call people around the table, discuss and find the way forward’,” he said.
Fr Lungu said resolutions from the consultative meeting that took place at the Ministry of Home Affairs will not raise unnecessary debates because there was consultation on many issues.
On gay rights, Fr Lungu said the church does not support gay activities because they bring disorder where God put order.
“For a man to engage in sexuality with another man, or for a woman to engage in a sexual act with another woman, is intrinsically evil. It is a sin, it is barbaric, it is unChristian and it is unacceptable,” Fr Lungu said.

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