Zambian regime funds division in Catholic Church

PF now target their energies to divide the Catholic Church

The PF propaganda machinary has now started a campaign to divide the Catholic Church using “tribalism” in an effort to embarrass his grace Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu.

So far, K5 million has been released to pay Catholic Bishops to attack Archbidhop Mpundu. We understand Bishop Alice Banda of Ndola collected his brown envelope from State House on Saturday evening.

The PF machinery using discredited Journalist Tilyenje Mwanza has been phoning “tribally” inclined PF bishops to disassociate themselves from the statement read by his Grace.
However their desperation seems to be wrongly targeted as the statement was made by the three church mother bodies but only read by the Archbishop.
Below is a statement written by Tilyenje and is being cicukated by the PF propaganda machinery. The route taken by the Lungu administration is reminsecnet of what Rupiah Banda was doing while in State House.

*CHIPATA CATHOLIC DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM ARCHBISHOP TELESPHORE MPUNDU’S STATEMENT*

*…Those are his personal views*

ARCHBISHOP Telesphore Mpundu’s statement is not reflective of the entire Catholic Church as it was not done in consultation with us says Chipata Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Benjamin Phiri.

The Chipata Auxiliary Bishop is the second Bishop from Ndola diocese bishop to distance himself from the statement issued by Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu who declared Zambia as being under dictatorship.

Bishop Benjamin stated that a it was not appropriate to have a statement circulating as having been issued by ZCCB when the membership was not consulted.

“Whatever was said and is inappropriate does not represent the official position of the Catholic Church in Zambia,” he said

He noted that the Church’s official position was to play a mother’s role to all.

The Auxiliary Bishop noted that the Catholic Church could not take sides of political parties as it’s membership was very diverse.

“Whatever was said there we were not consulted… what is supposed to happen is that we are supposed to go to Lusaka sit down if we want to issue a particular statement,” Bishop Phiri said.

“That is the view of the one who issued the statement not the official position of the church, so I want this to be very clear.”

Bishop Phiri alleged that a few people with a private agenda are using the Churches name.

He went on to also refute the pastoral letter that was issued by the Archbishop in April noting that it too was not crafted in consultation.

“That to is a position of the bishops, it was the position of an individual who issued the statement in the name of the institution or organisation. But it is not the correct position.”

He observed that it is for thus reason that the dioceses across the country had not been reading the pastoral letter that was issued.

The Auxiliary Bishop emphasised that the Catholic Church was none partisan and would continue to work with the government of the day.

COMMENTS

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    Mundia 2 months

    Bishop Phiri has been directed by Lungu to disassociate himself from the Pastoral Letter to support Wako ni Wako and Mukwasu solidarity. All Easterners are required to blindly support Lungu’s newly found Dictatorship. Its all Regionalism and corruption at play. HH is being persecuted in Prison becoz he is Tonga and he is threatening Lungu’s Dictatorship.

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    Buck Teeth Lungu 2 months

    The easterners have exposed themselves. Their Wakonism is disgusting and should not be allowed to weaken the church in Zambia.

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    I just feel sorry for Archbishop Mpundu after having researched from the Catholic Church about what could be driving the man to make those statements. He is using his disgruntlement with the governance system of the Catholic Church during his reign as ZCCB President and Archbishop of Lusaka to hit back at a region of the country he thinks has been spoiling it for him. I wish it did not have to come to this. Issues of church governance should not be mixed with those of national governance. Anyhow, the Archbishop leaves the position of President of ZCCB at the end of next month.

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      Buck Teeth Lungu 2 months

      Regardless of whether he is President of ZCCB, he is an Archbishop while those others are mere Bishops or even Auxiliary (like Assistant?) Bishop. His Grace is the most senior Catholic in Zambia in the absence of a Cardinal. Archbishop Mpundu is a holy man and Lungu is an evil man. I know who to believe between these two.

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    FARM BOY 2 months

    His grace Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu is aspiring to be Minister of Religion and National Guidance IF (HH)HANYA HANYA WINS,SORRY THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.Very Shamfull UPND CADER WHY CAN YOU TAKE A NEUTRAL STANCE OR BETTER STILL JUST KEEP QUITE INSTEAD OF SAYING USELESS THINGS.

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      Back Farm boy, are you sure the man of God is saying useless things? I am very sorry and sad that you can reduce such serious matters about what is going on in our country to insults. I wonder whether we are living in the same country or not, where others are not seeing that things are not fine or is It just blind loyalty? Sad indeed.

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      Moya 2 months

      Bishop Mpundu is standing for Justice and speaking on behalf of the silent majority. “An injury to One is an injury to all of us”. They have injured HH and have injured all of us.Lungu is persecuting HH partly becoz of his hatred for Tongas.Lungu and his fellow Easterners are consolidating Lungu’s Dictatorship along ethnic lines. Lungu’s newly found Dictatorship is based on ethnic cleansing and Wako ni Wako and Kumozi Kumawa Philosophies. Lungu will pay for incarcerating and persecuting HH and his workers.

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    Muntu 2 months

    Will Edgar Lungu succeed in dividing Zambians, churches, NGO, media completely? We are a serious test.

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    No matter what the Zambian Watchdog thinks about what Bishop Benjamin Phiri has said, that is indeed the modus operandi of the Catholic Church not what Archbishop Mpundu is trying to do. I would not be surprised if Archbishop Mpundu is retired to the status of Archbishop Emeritus if he continues with his manner of taking political sides. The members of the Catholic Clergy are not according to Church Law or Canon Law expected to practice partisan politics the way Bishop Mpundu is doing.

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      Musonda 2 months

      Iwe zedok,when Mpundu speaks he has clearance from the Vatican and the view is of the church. He just doesn’t talk like you are used to your day dreaming and yapping.

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      Buck Teeth Lungu 2 months

      @Musonda, you are so right. In fact the Vatican Radio has repeated the statement of the three Church Mother Bodies. His Grace is the most senior Catholic in Zambia.

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    Francis 2 months

    Surely we are in troubled land.In which men of God bow to materials and contradict there pastoral mission.Compromise is sin for the bible tells us to stand for truth .It says let your no be no and yes’ be yes.adding any that comes from the devil.I doubt the credibility of these 2 bishops.The truth is arch Bishop Mpundu is right.Things are bad.Dialogue is vital. Be blessed

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    To start with, Zambia has no Bishop “Alice” Banda. It is Alick Banda. I am not surprised other Bishops are coming out the way they are. Catholic prelates are not known to issue statements in their individual capacities but as a group. As a Catholic with some priestly training, I just could not believe Archbishop Mpundu could use his position as Archbishop of Lusaka and President of ZCCB to issue a unilateral statement in the manner he did.As President of ZCCB, Mpundu is merely first among equals with his brother Bishops. The manner Archbishop Mpundu has behaved is what brought about Archbishop Milingo’s recall to Rome as he was seen to be dividing the Church the same way Bishop Mpundu is trying to do by thinking he is the boss of the Catholics Church in Zambia just because he happens to be the Archbishop of Lusaka. The papal representative in Zambia, the Pronuncio needs to prevail over him. Government through its Foreign Affairs Minister, Kalaba, can actually seek audience with the Pronuncio over the matter as Archbishop Mpundu is clearly dividing the Church if the responses of Bishops Alick Banda and my good old friend Bishop Benjamin Phiri are anything to go by.

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      Francis 2 months

      Mr. Zedoc does your conscience tell you that there is nothing wrong with the current situation in the country? I believe Bishop Mpundu said with good faith as the church must speak for voiceless.Working with the government of day no matter how bad that government could be.If that is the case then the church doesn’t matter.We must be realistic not hypothetical.please come back to your senses.Be blessed

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        First of all, I do not understand why someone people have taken it personal with the archbishop Teresphore Mpundu. What he read out was not his personal opinion, but a collective resolution of the church mother bodies. Let us debate these issues in a sober manner and avoid hateful sentiments and insults. This country is for all of us. Ruling parties have come and gone and remember that no situation is permanent. Those who have been given the privilege to supritend over national affairs should rule or lead with humility.

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      Buck Teeth Lungu 2 months

      Is Zedoc that ka PFaza PFlaky Bwalya after all? He is the only PF cadre with priestly training.

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    Mwachunga 2 months

    Lungu and your regime don’t start war with God’s workers. Just watch what God will do, to show your adamance, then you will know God is God. Men of God have spoken and you don’t want to listen and change, you are condemned!! This PF, the whole world knows that its way of rule people is dictatorial, even yourselves know it. Soon and very soon, you will be answerable before the law as no one is above the law, you will soon be history.

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    Muntu 2 months

    This is the first time I have seen statement by head of catholic being refuted by a subordinate. It is definitely political meant to weaken the head of the Catholic Church. Insubordination. Why go to the press? He should have talked to his boss secretly.

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      OneNation 2 months

      The Archbishop of Lusaka is not the head – the Pope’s Representative is the Head.

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        Buck Teeth Lungu 2 months

        You are wrong. The Nuncio is just an ambassador of the Vatican to the Republic of Zambia. The head of the Catholics in Zambia is His Grace Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu. Cardinal Mazombwe was more senior but he passed away.

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    Can a human being succeed in dismantling God’s house? If so then I will start doubting the existence of God.