He added, “We have noted that others are soliciting funds in the name of these social media Church groups yet lack accountability and transparency in how the funds are used,”
“Let anybody soliciting funds be accountable and seek permission, especially here in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, otherwise stop tarnishing the Ecclesiastical name,” the Malawian Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in January 2016 as Local Ordinary of Malawi’s Zomba Diocese said.
Archbishop Tambala urged Catholics to console relevant Church authorities before establishing any social media group or page bearing the name “Catholic”.
In his July 30 message, the Archbishop who has been at the helm of the Archdiocese since November 2021 also spoke on the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality and urged the people of God under his pastoral care to walk together in the synodal path.
He said that the Synodal process provides a platform even for the marginalized to share their thoughts and be heard.
“During this Synodal process, all Catholics are invited to listen with open hearts and minds, to share from their own lived experiences, and to make space for the voices of those often marginalized or excluded,” the 53-year-old Archbishop said.
He described the Synodal journey as an opportunity for healing. He said, “Just as the first assembly in Jerusalem healed the tensions among members of the early Christian community, a synod like this one should fundamentally be a process of healing, both from wounds suffered inside the Church, and those experienced in other areas of our lives and relationships.”
The Synodal journey, the Local Ordinary of Lilongwe Archdiocese who doubles as the President of ECM said, “should be a platform where the people of God see the new ways of experiencing and practicing those supreme virtues of unwavering faith, hope and love in their own situation.”
“We should find ways of binding ourselves to Christ as the ‘Way, the Truth and the Life’ and to one another”, Archbishop Tambala further said referencing the Gospel of John.
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.