CHURCH EXPERTS DECRY LOW QUALITY OF LIFE OF AFRICANS
Theologians of the Catholic Church in Africa have expressed concern at the rate things are falling apart in the quality of life of Africans, “in spite of the fact that the continent has the highest growth in the Catholic Church.
This concern was expressed in the communique issued at the end of the congress attended by participants from different parts of the continent, under the initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). The communique was signed by the principal convener of the congress, Rev. Fr. Stan Ilo and read by Rev. Fr. Ifeanyi Enwerem, Chairman of the Communique Drafting Committee.
The communique noted that there was evidence that the church and the continent were facing signs of fragmentation and disconnection at both the level of intellectual and spiritual lives. The participants further observed that things continued to fall apart in the quality of life of Africans in spite of the fact that the continent had the highest growth rate in the Catholic Church.
The congress therefore acknowledged that sometimes, their theologies had been far removed from the contexts and had not helped to deepen the faith of their people and the transformation of society.It was stated in the communique that: “As members of the family of God in Africa, we pray and resolve to form a pan African catholic theology and pastoral network that will meet biennially to assess our journey,”
The participants declared: “We, therefore, affirm at this congress unfailing desire to accompany the church family of God in Africa by seeking together the ways and means through which Africa theology, pastoral plans and projects in our dioceses, parishes, religious communities, catholic social agencies and all channels of evangelism in the continent.”
They expressed dismay that the hopes of their fathers and mothers for the church and society in Africa was far from being realized emphasizing: “things were getting worse as there was a growing gulf between their faith, life, rich and the poor in their church and society.