Cape Town, 05 March, 2022 / 6:41 pm (ACI Africa).
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrespects “the sovereignty of each nation”, the spokesperson of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), Archbishop Stephen Brislin, has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the SACBC official said the Catholic leaders in the three countries of Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa condemn the war and advocate for mediated dialogue.
“We condemn the violence and the aggression. We condemn the fact that the sovereignty of Ukraine has not been respected, and we must ask all countries to respect the sovereignty of each nation”, Archbishop Brislin said during the Thursday, March 3 interview.
The South African Archbishop added in reference to the ongoing war that started February 24 when Russia invaded Ukraine, “While this violence is terrible, and we condemn it, the fact of the matter is that some other countries seem to be able to encroach on the sovereignty of countries hostile to them, or which they perceive to be hostile to them; and they do so with a little bit more impunity.”
“The church cannot take sides in such things,” the Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese said in reference to the Russia-Ukraine violent conflict, and explained, “If we are going to condemn the violence of one country, we must condemn the violence of all countries.”