Problems in the third world
But in Africa, the problems are worse, especially where HIV has hit.
Like other fatal diseases, people get desperate and turn to witchdoctors/traditional medicine; many traditional healers are okay (using herbs and ceremonies that reconcile the patient with those he insulted in the past to remove their curse on him) but some are into evil. One notorious "treatment" for HIV is to have sex with a virgin; as a result many young girls are raped and even contract HIV from the abuse. And others are treated with cermonies that invoke powerful demons.
In Zimbabwe, the problem is exacerbated by a communist president who, when his power was slipping, started to impose "land reform" and confiscating businesses. Of course, since the land confiscated were the white farms that grew surplus for the cities and irrigated crops, and since the land was not "given" to the farm workers who knew how to do this but to the president's cronies who did not, the result was a collapse of the economy and famine in excess of what one would expect from the periodic droughts. In addition, many opponants were small business owners, so the president "cleaned up" huge neighborhoods of houses that had small shops, leaving 70 000 people homeless. These sisters lost their main convent in the "operation cleanup"...
With the collapse of morality, and the withdrawal of many foreign missionaries, many isolated priests slipped into concubinage. That would be bad enough, but some merely became promiscuous, and rumors of sex with church workers and nuns became rampant (note: like the "pedophile" crisis in the west, the numbers were probably lower than the rumors suggest, but it was enough to hurt many people).
The letter posted if from a new charismatic community of nuns seeking a cloistered/contemplative life. Several of the nuns were SJI sisters, an order whose rule is based on simplicity and works. However, some sisters felt the call to deeper prayer, and left to found this order. In their naivity, some did not do the paper work first.
Another problem was the inter church cooperation and praying with other churches, and the charismatic lifestyle.
Sister claims that they are persecuted because others disliked their condemnation of immorality. I have no reason to question her, since the nun I know best is a very practical woman and not one who would put up with immorality around her....
May I take this opportunity to let you know that at
long last we now have a Bishop in our diocese. His
name is Bishop Martin Munyanyi. He saved for many
years as a rector at the major seminary (Giving
lessons and monitoring the training of seminarians. He
was ordained Bishop on the 26th of August.
Sr Martha, our oldest and latest addition made an
appointment to see him last month. She had previously
worked closely with him before. She explained how we
were banned from attending mass and how she was
expelled from S.J.I. The Bishop had a very different
and distorted version of both incidents, he also asked
about the five suspended priest and one deacon. The
Bishop asked Sr Martha to ask the expelled priest to
come and see him.
About our case all he said was that we should pray for
him so that God may show him how best to resolve the
case. What is most important is that he was able to
sift the truth from lies, and he supports what we
stand for. He said that he is going to do everything
in his power to see that we go back to church. He said
that at present, there is a lot of speculation going
on especially about how he is going to handle our
case. He thinks it best to ignore it and concentrate
on many other issues wanting his attention. He said
keep on praying and be patient. Dr Nancy I am very
happy. We are all very happy about this turn of
One of the expelled priests went to see the Bishop.
They had a good time together and he said their case
was much more complicated since it involves the most
senior Bishop Bhasera. All he said was that, now that
he is armed with correct facts he is going to make use
of them when ever the issue is discussed at the many
conferences held by Bishops. We are all not very much
concerned with how long it will take we are just happy
that the Lord has a very willing instrument in him.