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CHURCH/GOVERNMENT CONFLICT IN ZAMBIA Michael J Kelly SJ Over a long period but intensifying within the past twelve months the government-controlled media (two national newspapers as well as TV and radio channels) sustained what the Bishops’ letter called “a growing barrage of attacks” on the Catholic Church in Zambia One of the newspapers featured articles drawn heavily from the more vitriolic type of Seventh-Day Adventist literature portraying the Church (and in particular the Jesuits) as using every trick in the book to achieve a position of world hegemony There were frequent criticisms of church practice with numerous slurs and innuendos For instance the Minister of Education herself a Catholic and ruling party spokesperson said: “If the Catholic priests want they can leave the Church and join politics so that they have money to start looking after the children they have produced” Add to this that the official government spokesperson is a minister of one of the newer churches and is far from friendly to Catholicism Running parallel with this was government sensitivity to outspoken criticisms coming from Catholic priests Some (but by no means all) of these priests were/are under suspension or had withdrawn from active ministry since they appeared to be getting themselves heavily involved in politics But their statements were almost uniformly banner-headlined as “Catholic priest says …” or “Catholic Church says…” In addition there were statements of dissatisfaction with government practice coming from outspoken critics firmly within the Church such as the retired Bishop of Mongu (Paul Duffy an Oblate) and a weekly newspaper column from Pete Henriot SJ which was always factually based but which hit hard at corruption neglect absence of good policies lack of pro-poor action failure to live up to commitments squandering of public monies etc The wider background is that this is an election year (presidential parliamentary and local government elections will probably be held in September or October) and the current government is hell-bent on retaining power and the Presidency Hence it doesn’t brook opposition lightly Further the leader of the main opposition party is a well-known Catholic and hence the easy identification of the Catholic Church with the opposition This means that undermining the opposition seems to call for denigrating the Church and hence the steady build-up in public criticism of the Church its personnel and its utterances The subsidiary issue Church teaching on homosexuality arose from remarks on homosexuality that the opposition leader made on Danish television As far as I can gather his position was that homosexuals had rights that should be protected; but the hostile government media paraded this as meaning that if his party won the elections the door would be opened to the implementation of all “gay rights” including the right to same-sex-marriages Some Church personnel spoke out in defence of the rights of homosexuals and this in turn led to statements from the anti-church media that the Catholic Church promoted homosexuality Paragraph 6 of the Bishops’ letter is a direct rebuttal of this position and some defence of the human rights of homosexuals What effect did the letter have It was due to be read at Masses on 3rd June (Ascension Sunday) but was released much earlier on 19th May and was available to the media from then on My interpretation is that it made the government run scared Within a few days the ruling party called for dialogue with the Catholics “to resolve contentious issues that have brought unnecessary tension between the ruling party and the Church mother body” Notice that I have slipped from “government” to “ruling party” I think it is fair to say that the hostile articles and attitudes in the media could be attributed to the ruling party but it would be difficult to pin them down as the views of the government; a fine distinction but a necessary one where the borderline between government and party can be vanishingly indistinct The government protects itself by not issuing adverse statements since it feels the party will do so Before the end of May the President went out of his way on a number of occasions to say that there was no conflict between the Church and the government; he spoke in a very supportive manner about the Church at the consecration in Mongu of the successor to Bishop Paul Duffy (who also spoke at the ceremony) and eventually it appears that the government-controlled media were instructed to desist from criticism of the Catholic Church All of this was before the letter was read out at the Sunday Masses and it appears that part of the thinking was the hope that this would not be done But the letter was duly read out on 3rd June and this drew little comment from the public media I don’t think the conflict is over The government media have now turned on Caritas Zambia alleging that it is scheming to declare the opposition leader as the winner of the 2011 elections This is largely because the United Nations has asked Caritas to oversee (and handle the resources for) the civil society monitoring of the election process a move that is resented by other concerned bodies One of yesterday’s papers stated explicitly that “Caritas Zambia has in the last few years taken an anti-government stance” So we must wait to see if there will be further developments along these lines

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