Johannesburg, 17 June, 2023 / 9:51 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has said that Catholic Bishops, just like Peter the Apostle, “are not perfect” in their Episcopal Ministry.
In his homily during the Tuesday, June 13 Holy Mass celebrated at the tomb of St. Peter on the second day of SACBC members’ Ad Limina visit, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka urged his brother Bishops at the helm of the Church in Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa to be guided by “humility and dependence on the Lord”.
As shepherds of God’s flock, Bishop Sipuka said, there is no need to “be hard on ourselves or each other but, like Peter, turn to the Lord to ask for the increase of faith, forgiveness for our failures, and the grace and wisdom to carry out this task of being elders in humility and dependence on the Lord rather than trusting in ourselves.”
The Bishop of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese recalled the imperfections that the Apostle Peter displayed, saying he “denied Jesus three times and tried to run away here in Rome when Jesus met him and asked, ‘Where are you going?’”
“We come to a fellow elder who understands that we are not called because we are perfect,” said the South African Catholic Bishop during the June 13 Holy Mass at the tomb of St. Peter in Rome, the second day of the SACBC members’ June 12-17 Ad Limina visit.