Bishops apologize for church’s role in 1994 Rwanda genocide
KIGALI, Rwanda — The Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized on Sunday for the church’s role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regretted the actions of those who participated in the massacres.
“We apologize for all the wrongs the church committed. We apologize on behalf of all Christians for all forms of wrongs we committed. We regret that church members violated (their) oath of allegiance to God’s com- mandments,” said the statement by the Conference of Catholic Bishops, which was read out in parishes nationwide. The statement acknowledged that church members planned, aided and executed the genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists. The local church had long resisted efforts by the government and groups of survivors to acknowledge the church’s complicity.