The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Septem­ber 6, 1966 — There is a grave short­age of Euro­pean can­di­dates for the priest­hood, and un­less cler­i­cal and lay staff mem­bers are main­tained, the work of the church will be im­per­iled in the Mata­bele­land dio­cese.

The Bishop of Mata­bele­land Dioce­san Synod said that this was a warn­ing to the Church in­side the dio­cese. He asked del­e­gates to hon­our the mem­ory of the late Miss Edith Dug­dale, ad­min­is­tra­tor at St Pa­trick’s Mis­sion Hospi­tal, who was mur­dered there in July. “She had al­ways wanted to do mis­sion­ary work and hav­ing the chance to give a few years at the end of her life to Africa she gave her life. There is no greater love than this,” Bishop Skel­ton said.

He re­ferred to the “coura­geous de­vo­tion of the late Archdea­con and Rec­tor of Gwelo, Fa­ther Adams. One of the many del­e­gates at the synod, who have come from as far as Gaberones, is Canon Fred­er­ick McDon­ald, pro­vin­cial of­fi­cer of the Angli­can prov­ince of Cen­tral Africa, who is per­sonal rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Arch­bishop of Cen­tral Africa.

Bishop Skel­ton said he was one of the fruits of mu­tual re­spon­si­bil­ity and in­ter­de­pen­dence in that he had been pro­vided by the Amer­i­can Church as a con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­vin­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion. He said Rhode­sia and Botswana Chris­tians were liv­ing in a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

“Chris­tian his­tory had shown that peo­ple re­acted in one or two ways to crises. The first was to re­treat into the in group. But the great cre­ative fig­ures in the faith were men who re­acted dif­fer­ently.

“If Christ had com­pro­mised, if he had wa­tered down his mes­sage, if he had al­lowed peo­ple to con­tinue in their blind­ness, the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion would never have been achieved, the suf­fer­ing would have been greater”, he added.

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