YOU SHALL NOT KILL (MATTHEW 2:21)
I have been devastated by the death of Mapenzi Chibulo and others who have been shot by the Police. Speaking as a citizen and concerned servant of God, I wish to condemn in the strongest terms possible this killing of an innocent citizen. I believe in the Catholic Church teaching which states that “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being (CCC 2258). What has come upon us? What is this country turning into? I cry for my beloved country with tears of blood. Where is our hope of growing a generation of democrats, men and women of integrity, humane, loving, believing not in fists and police buttons but in intellectual competition of ideas; in the rule of law of Institutions that arbitrate on precepts of justice and logic and not security of tenure of office in a protective and not predatory law enforcement? If we listen carefully we will hear the voice of God declaring the wickedness of this fratricide: “What have you done? The voice of your sister’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your sister’s blood from your hand” (Genesis 4:10-11). They were plenty of options of non-lethal means which could have been sufficient to disperse the people and the authority should have limited itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person. Never forget! Remember! Remember God’s Commandment, “You Shall not Kill”(Exodus 20:13).
Rev. Fr. Chanakila Muyunda