On July 22nd 2019, the African Catholic bishops' assembly marked their 50th anniversary at the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
In this ceremony, about 400 clerics, representatives of religious congregations, the lay faithful, Catholic media and other dignitaries came for the one week SECAM golden jubilee and assembly which was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda.
According to various people who graced this event, this was an opportunity for the Catholics in Africa to renew their commitment to the proclamation of the Good News with even greater zeal, dynamism and courage.
The clerics included representatives from the Vatican, cardinals, bishops and priests, the Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of Lubango in Angola. Also present was President of SECAM, the main celebrant on the occasion.
SECAM was launched in Uganda in 1969 by Pope Paul VI during his first visit to Africa. By then, Africa had 50 bishops but as for today, the continent has 500 bishops and archbishops and 25 cardinals. There are also a few thousand African priests and religious men and women.
The number of catholic laities has also increased from 40 million to 178 million which makes 17% of the global number of Catholics ( these statistics were mentioned by the Archbishop of the Ghanaian Archdiocese of Cape Coast, the Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle).
In his speech, Palmer-Buckle applauded the catholic church and in his words, he said, “The Catholic Church in Africa has also contributed to the integral development of Africa through her dynamic involvement in health, education and social development. This is reason enough for the family of God in Africa to celebrate.”
With this statement above, Museveni asked bishops to address low productivity and consumption in Africa of which per now is hampering development in Africa. He reiterated his appeal to the religious leaders to guide their congregations into wealth creation.
In his message read by the Vice President, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, President Museveni applauded the church for advocating for family, but appealed for the gospel on wealth creation among their congregation, Uganda’s New Vision tabloid says.
This indicated that all gospel preaching should be based on education, health, social development as well as hard work.
After this was alluded to, now there is a lot of discomfort in born again churches most especially in Uganda where Museveni leads.
Most churches are asking, “How can man sell the blood of Jesus Christ, which are His people to the government of this world?”
Is there going to be any transformation in this?