“Watch out for jealousy, envy”: Catholic Archbishop in Angola to Scout Coordinators

Credit: Archdiocese of Lubango

Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lubango in Angola has called upon scout coordinators in his Metropolitan See to foster good relationships among members. 

In his address during the conclusion of the First Archdiocesan Meeting of Coordinators and Assistants of Catholic Scouts in Lubango, Archbishop Mbilingi cautioned against the vices of jealousy and envy. 

“Watch out for jealousy and envy. This jealousy and envy can bring the destruction of groups and movements and the failure of the scouts' mission,” the Catholic Archbishop said during the July 7 event that was held at St. Joseph Parish of Lubango Archdiocese.

He added, “Some of you get jealous of the boy or girl scout who is very active instead of rejoicing that there are these people in our midst who are committed to the mission.”

“Please avoid jealousy,” the Angolan-born member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers/Spiritans) said at the conclusion of the July 5-7 meeting.


He explained, “Envy could still be more or less acceptable because, deep down, envy is appreciating that something is good, and I also want it for myself. But jealousy is not; the jealous person wants to make the competitor disappear because jealousy is selfishness.”

The 66-year-old Catholic Church leader, who previously served as President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) appealed to Scouts officials to serve with love and humility.

“There are many young people in the Church who still don't identify with the charism of the existing movements,” he noted, adding, “The scout leader must know how to lead his brothers at all times.”

The Local Ordinary of Lubango since September 2009 called upon Scouts leaders to “know how to evangelize with deeds, to practice what you say to others.”

The success of the scouting mission requires unity among the members, he said, and added, “If those who carry out the mission are not united, their work will go down the drain.” 

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“There is a greater need for better accompaniment of assistants to improve the quality of leaders in the groups. Scouts should continue to cultivate unity and solidarity because everyone is important in the mission,” he said.

Archbishop Mbilingi thanked the Catholic scouts in the Archdiocese of Lubango for the work they do as Church members, “a mission of such importance which aims to train young people to do good things in our Church.”

“Thank you for your work in the church, particularly in the Archdiocese of Lubango, and in this mission of proclaiming the Gospel. I am counting on you,” the Angolan Catholic Archbishop, who started his Episcopal Ministry as Coadjutor Bishop of Lwena Diocese said.

João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.