Umtata, 02 December, 2020 / 6:10 pm (ACI Africa).
The need to enhance accountability in the administration of Church resources, the upsurge of COVID-19 reported cases, and corruption are the three issues a Catholic Prelate in South Africa wants duly addressed.
In a reflection published by the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) Tuesday, December 1, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka explains his concerns and acknowledges with appreciation efforts being put in place to address the concerns in some cases.
The Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese who doubles as the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is concerned about the lack of accountability in the administration of resources by Church and government leaders.
He says, "One of the painful consequences of the inefficiency of our Provincial and Local governments has been to see funds being recalled by the national treasury because of the inability of the local authorities to effectively use these funds for their intended purpose of giving service to the poor people.”
"As Church, we are not completely innocent of this inefficiency,” Bishop Sipuka notes and explains, “While Priests and Religious generally fulfil the physical pastoral work of celebrating Sacraments and visiting the sick, some do fall short on administration."