Bahai News - Matembe Blasts Church Leaders Over Public Bickering
Matembe Blasts Church Leaders Over Public Bickering
September 18, 2000
Ethics and Integrity Minister Miria matembe on Saturday lashed out at
church leaders for what she called bickering in public.
"Most of you religious leaders are self seekers. These Protestants and
Catholics, why are they fighting in the press?" Matembe asked participants
at an inter-religious dialogue at grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.
She said it was unfortunate that differences were cropping up at a
time when the country was beginning to look to religion for political
solutions. "Of late I saw the Church of Uganda seeming to open a war on
the Catholic Church. When I saw it I felt a bit apprehensive," Matembe
said "I wish these people had come here and listened to what I am saying.
We cannot afford to see Christians quarrelling now when the Muslims are
peaceful," she said. Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala of the Catholic Church and
Arch-bishop Mpalanyi Nkoyooyo of Church of Uganda were invited but did
not show up at the function. No apologies were sent.
The COU at its recent provincial assembly accused the Catholic Church
of harbouring sentiments for acquiring state power but veiling them
with complaints of being marginalised.
"People see God in religious leaders but when religious leaders begin
quarrelling publicly it is a shame," Matembe said.
The dialogue was organised by the Always Be Tolerant Organisation
(ABETO) in conjunction with the Bahais of Uganda.
Matembe said many religious people were spending time maligning and
destroying each other in the name of God yet their goal is to gain
supremacy. Present were representatives from the Hindu, Orthodox and
several sects of the Islamic faith.
ABETO chairman Moses Musana criticised accusations and
counter-accusations between the judiciary and executive.
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