What the Government said

The Zimbabwean government is taking the moral high ground in relation to the Anglican Church and telling both sides to shake hands and make up - not unlike the unity government.

From the Herald
After rehearsing a summary of the dispute to date:

The Anglicans are going to have to find a solution to their own problems and no one can dictate what they should do.

But certain facts are fairly obvious to those who wish that communion well and would like to see it put behind this time of turmoil.

Archbishop Kunonga must recognise that many Anglicans in Harare do not wish to be separated from the Province of Central Africa and that it is unlikely that the other old dioceses of Zimbabwe will follow him out of that province. His new Zimbabwe province will be small and almost surrounded by the older and far larger province.

Yet the Province of Central Africa needs to recognise that Dr Kunonga has a significant following, including the majority of the clergy of his old diocese.
Even if the Province of Central Africa wins the court battles and is found to be the owner of the church property, it will have to face the fact that many Anglicans in Harare would have wished for a different result. The same problem will face Dr Kunonga if the courts find that his old diocese owned the property and could pass this on to his new province.

A total victory for either side, in other words, will leave wounds unhealed and a shattered church communion.

All here.

So that's it. No mention of justice. No mention of Kunonga's use of the youth militia or the police. No mention of ignoring court judgements when it suits. But what else can a government say when Christians fall out?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7/4/09

    if by one of your actions you cause another to doubt or forget the lord you shall be accountable for their plight