Catholic bish­ops should preach peace and jus­tice

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - LETTERS -

I at­tended mass at the Christ the King Catholic Church, Nakuru on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9, 2017. The Kenyan Catholic bish­ops who have been hold­ing their yearly con­fer­ence in Nakuru con­gre­gated to­gether with the Chris­tians to pray for the faith­ful de­parted souls of the bish­ops and also to com­mu­ni­cate their prophetic mes­sage on the sta­tus of our coun­try. In their state­ment read by Homabay Bishop, Philip Any­olo, who is the chair­man of the Kenya Con­fer­ence of the Catholic Bish­ops (KCCB), they called for Kenyans to live in peace and unity. But, painfully, the church ig­nored the is­sue of jus­tice. All the bish­ops present who rose to speak af­ter the state­ment pleaded for peace. Bishop Zacheaus Okoth of Kisumu arch­dio­cese is the only one dur­ing that func­tion who men­tioned jus­tice in the same sen­tence with peace. The church, which is sup­posed to rally Chris­tians in the words of Proverbs 21:15 and 24:24-25, is skirt­ing around crit­i­cal na­tional is­sues. To most Kenyans, jus­tice has been in­creas­ingly marginalised as a sweet, old fash­ioned no­tion that is not viewed as an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of our cur­rent dis­pute res­o­lu­tion canon. We are un­likely to ob­tain sus­tain­able peace as a coun­try if the shepherds are not real­ists and pa­tri­otic enough to con­vince us that they stand for truth and jus­tice.


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