Kinshasa, 30 November, 2021 / 9:06 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have suspended their participation in the Forum of Religious Denominations, an umbrella body grouping religious leaders in the Central African nation.
In a Monday, November 29 statement, the members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) say their decision follows “difference in doctrines and perception of ethical values” among religious denominations in the Central African nation.
“With the appointment of the animators of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), we realized the great difference in doctrines and perception of ethical values with some religious denominations,” Catholic Bishops in DRC say.
For this reason, CENCO members have decided to “suspend the participation of the Catholic Church in the forum of religious denominations.”
Faith-based leaders in DR Congo have been divided over the choice of the Chairperson of CENI, a prerogative accorded them by the country’s constitution.