Catholic bishops should preach peace and justice
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.
BONIFACE O. MOUTI, Nakuru