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Zimbabwe Catholic justice leader fears priests could be targeted {Ecumenical Thread}
Catholicnews ^ | 5 July 2011 | Bronwen Dachs

Posted on 07/06/2011 1:54:13 AM PDT by Cronos

The national director of Zimbabwe's Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace said he fears that priests could be victimized after a recent commission statement urging political leaders to intervene to stop politically motivated skirmishes in the capital, Harare.

Bishops and priests were targeted after the country's bishops spoke out against political intolerance early this year "and the same could easily happen now," Alouis Chaumba said in a July 5 telephone interview with Catholic News Service from Harare.

...A priest at St. Peter's Church in Mbare, Jesuit Father Oskar Wermter, said he and other priests in the area "are always aware that what we say is being noted" by President Robert Mugabe's loyalists.

"This is nothing new," he said in a July 4 telephone interview, noting that "they have been listening in to our telephone conversations for at least 10 years."

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: zimbabwe
It is good for the Church to speak out against political oppression.

Please note that this is an ecumenical thread. The guidelines for an ecumenical thread are here

Ecumenic threads are closed to antagonism.

To antagonize is to incur or to provoke hostility in others.

Unlike the “caucus” threads, the article and reply posts of an “ecumenic” thread can discuss more than one belief, but antagonism is not tolerable.

More leeway is granted to what is acceptable in the text of the article than to the reply posts. For example, the term “gross error” in an article will not prevent an ecumenical discussion, but a poster should not use that term in his reply because it is antagonistic. As another example, the article might be a passage from the Bible which would be antagonistic to Jews. The passage should be considered historical fact and a legitimate subject for an ecumenic discussion. The reply posts however must not be antagonistic.

Contrasting of beliefs or even criticisms can be made without provoking hostilities. But when in doubt, only post what you are “for” and not what you are “against.” Or ask questions.

Ecumenical threads will be moderated on a “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” basis. When hostility has broken out on an “ecumenic” thread, I’ll be looking for the source.

Therefore “anti” posters must not try to finesse the guidelines by asking loaded questions, using inflammatory taglines, gratuitous quote mining or trying to slip in an “anti” or “ex” article under the color of the “ecumenic” tag.

Posters who try to tear down other’s beliefs or use subterfuge to accomplish the same goal are the disrupters on ecumenic threads and will be booted from the thread and/or suspended.

1 posted on 07/06/2011 1:54:23 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos
It is good for the Church to speak out against political oppression.

The Vatican is not in a good position to do that since the recent Mugabe incident.

2 posted on 07/06/2011 2:16:12 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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