Harare, 17 August, 2020 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Catholic Professional Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ) have expressed their solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in the country after their recent Pastoral Letter drew criticism from the Southern African nation’s leadership.
The Bishops’ August 14 collective statement as members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government to address economic and political challenges bedeviling the country.
In their Sunday, August 16 statement, CPNZ members “note with some dismay the statement issued by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Mrs. Monica Mutsvangwa on 15 August 2020.
“The statement appears to be an angry and rushed response to the temperate and clear call to government made via the Pastoral letter of 14 August 2020,” the members of CPNZ add in their statement published on their social media page.
They acknowledge receiving “with comfort and satisfaction the ZCBC pastoral letter of 14 August 2020” and explain that the Bishops’ letter “follows the long, proud, pre- and post-independence Catholic tradition of speaking out in support and defence of the large majority of Zimbabweans, many of whom are disadvantaged, marginalized and seemingly powerless.”