Nairobi, 03 October, 2019 / 3:14 am (ACI Africa).
In a country where cases of corruption involving colossal sums of money have often made headlines, the leadership of the Catholic Church in Kenya is making an intervention that will see Bishops make a commitment at a national event that will bring together clergy, women and men religious, and laity from across the East African country, one of the organizers told ACI Africa Wednesday.
“I would like the Christians who will be present to really observe the movements of the Bishops as they move from the Church to the main sanctuary and then come back,” Fr. Josiah Muthee told ACI Africa Wednesday in a veiled disclosure of the gestures of commitment that will accompany the Bishops’ declaration to fight against corruption on Saturday, October 5.
Fr. Muthee who is the National Executive Secretary of the Commission of Pastoral and Lay Apostolate of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said the commitment to fight corruption will also take the form of prayer and clarified, “The prayer does not really put blame on anybody but we want to make it a realization as a Church, we need to say no (to corruption) under all circumstances and at all costs.”
The event will take place at the Village of Mary Mother of God Shrine, Subukia, 210 kilometres west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi as part of the National Prayer Day convened by KCCB.
In preparation for the commitment, some Kenyan Bishops were recorded in a video shared on social media. In the video, the Bishops decry corruption in the country and describe it as a “curse”, a “monster”, and a “Goliath” that the Church leaders as “David” are keen at crushing.