By Ashwell Zikhali
The government has revealed its intent to engage the Vatican Pro-Nuncio, Archbishop Marek Zalewski over the Catholic Bishop’s “The March is Not Ended” pastoral letter that provoked many government officials by its sensational pointedness.
The minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi in a press statement held recently said the government had tasked Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Sibusiso Moyo, to meet Pro-Nuncio Archbishop Zalewski over the chilling pastoral letter released by the Bishops.
According to Minister Ziyambi, the language used by the Bishops on the President and the government officials was unbecoming for an institution like the Catholic Church.
“It constitutes an outright insult to the person of President Mnangagwa and his entire Government and is couched in a language decidedly unbecoming of an institution such as the Catholic Church.”
“Given that the venerable bishops represent the Catholic Church, Government is compelled to directly engage the Vatican to ascertain whether or not such statements reflect the official attitude of the Holy See towards Zimbabwe’s leadership or whether these are merely the views of the various individuals concerned.”
This is pursuant to the chilling statement issued by the Bishops on Friday last week pointedly challenging the government to take responsibility for its actions. The government has since then made a number of responses including the president who encouraged the clerical leaders to promote good relations and uphold the word of God not nefarious agenda.