He said in reference to sodality group meetings, “I hope it is not a drinking club. I hope it's not a club where you are targeting women in the church and breaking families.”
“When we meet as sodalities, do we challenge one another as Christian men and Christian fathers or do we become like the opposite sex and talk about people?” he posed.
Bishop Tsoke called upon Parish Priests who serve as chaplains in sodality groups like CMA in their respective Parishes to ensure that at least a monthly meeting of 30 minutes with all sodality men is held to discuss what it means to be a father and how to be role models to their sons rather than just discussing about money during such meetings.
Speaking on the ongoing 16 days of activism campaign that began November 25 under the theme, “End Violence Against Women Now”, Bishop Tsoke urged men to be active in efforts that seek to protect women against abuse.
“Violence against women continues to happen because you as a man and as a Christian do not want to do anything about it. I want to appeal to all men here; you have your daughters; you have your granddaughters; you have your nieces or cousins who have been beaten up by their husbands or boyfriends. I ask you to begin to do something to stop this,” he said.
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“Do you enjoy to see that they are beaten all the time?” he posed, and added, “For God's sake, do not just sit and watch; you will be judged on that. St. Joseph did not just sit around and watch; he defended his wife and his son when there was a threat of violence.”
The 57-year-old Bishop made reference to Pope Francis’ message during the launch of the Year of St. Joseph to speak about the saint’s role in protecting the church as satan works hard to bring it down.
“When Pope Francis speaks of St. Joseph, as the patron saint who is protecting the church, he says this because he knows that satan is busy trying to divide and destroy the church,” Bishop Tsoke said.
He explained, “When we talk of the church we are also talking of the Dioceses, the Parishes and the families of the basic cell of the body of Christ and satan is also trying to divide and destroy our Dioceses, our Parishes and our families.”
The South African Catholic Bishop added, “Family life is in a crisis; sometimes people are fighting one another, people are divided or people are fighting for positions and all this for me is the work of the evil one trying to destroy our Parishes.”
“We are fighting one another in our families. There is no peace. There is no love. Instead, there are wounds, hatred, lack of trust that is also the work of the evil one,” Bishop Tsoke said.
“When families are weak… the Parish becomes weak, the church becomes weak, the body of Christ is affected,” he said, and added, “We should make no mistake about it; Satan is working hard to cause fights and divisions in our Dioceses, our Parishes and our families.”
He urged couples to seek the intercession of St. Joseph whenever they have a crisis in their families because the family is the cell of the church.
Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.