To Bishops Lukudu & Santo: Please stop the desecration of the Catholic Church by Kiir & Igga

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS: JUL/21/2014, SSN;

Whilst the nation profusely bleeds and people keep dying daily, the Holy Catholic Church in Juba seems to be in some spiritual and moral confusion by inexcusably perpetuating its insensitive policy of allowing the two habitual ‘sinners’ in the forms of president Kiir and his vice Wani Igga to continuously desecrate the Holy Catholic Church.

Every Sunday and on other holy occasions of the Catholic faith, since 2005 when they came to town, Kiir and Igga have been accorded the un-sanctified privilege to spew from the Holy pulpit what can only be classified as mendacious and un-Christian statements without any shame or compunction.

But more importantly, however, since the start of their war of genocide on December 15, 2013 when they embarked on the killing of innocent citizens which continues up to this moment, Kiir and Igga have obviously been accorded absolute impunity by our Kator Bishops to keep committing the sin of lying against the 8th Commandment, which clearly states: “THY SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR.”

Every Catholic and Christian, for that matter, has been taught since childhood by our priests and bishops that this particular Commandment absolutely forbids a Catholic or any Christian from ‘telling lies’ which is an abomination against the Lord and one’s own Christian faith.

Furthermore, the Eighth commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relationship with others, doing otherwise means refusal by an individual to commit oneself to moral uprightness.

The opposite, sad to say, is what the poor parishioners are exposed to every Sunday from these two leaders’ regime of duplicity, dissimulation and hypocrisy.

Unfortunately, every Holy Sunday, right from the sacred pulpits of Kator’s St. Theresa Catholic Cathedral and at St. Joseph Catholic Parish Church, either President Kiir or his vice, Igga, has been needlessly accorded the privilege to annoyingly regurgitate lies upon lies that are then widely beamed across the world via SSTV.

Personally, as a Catholic from the cradle, baptized in that Church in Juba, and amongst the first generations of Catholic children educated at Kator Catholic parish, our Italian priest in the late 50′s steadfastly ensured that we never ‘lied’ or stole even a peanut at home (then our poor parents never had any money around).

In Psalms 120:2, it’s says, “Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.” Unfortunately, our two heroically popular bishops in Juba seemingly are failing to deliver and save the poor souls of those devout Church goers being lied to and deceived by Kiir and Igga every Sunday, Christmas and Easter in perpetuity.

Moreover, never in the world, not even at the Holy See at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, has any Pope ever allowed crimes-tainted, genocide perpetrators or morally questionable Catholic and non-Christian presidents, politicians or even princes, ever step into that most Holy pulpit to commit a sin against the Eighth or any Commandments.

The problem, my most dear Bishops, is that, sincerely speaking and after hearing the speeches of those of Kiir and Igga for years, these two are the poorest motivational speakers one can ever think of.

Seriously, there is nothing ever that is inspirational or spiritual in those church speeches ever delivered by either Kiir or Igga, a sincere assessment is that all their tirades at that holy pulpit are very despairing, annoying, irritating and in most cases belligerent.

Whilst most Juba kids who attend these speeches describe Kiir as mundane, boring, confused and rumbling a lot of gibberish not completely understood, a chronically pathological liar who on many occasions promised ‘heaven on earth,’ but only to break his promises and instead brought terror and death, a true Lucifer!

On the other hand, Igga is a national disappointment whose comical and clownish theatrics especially in the church are utterly incongruous, deprecating and embarrassing but above all, boring; even children in the audience only sneeringly laugh just to please him. What a disgrace!

The point, my dear bishops, is that you and the Holy Catholic Church cannot continue being oblivious of the underlying sensitivities and emotions of your devoted church goers, who, let’s be frank here, sacrifice so much just to go to church every Sunday so as to have their down-cast spirits uplifted in the uncertain future looming and the difficulties they confront daily in the country.

Every Sunday, both Kiir and Igga un-repentantly stand before the faithful promising to do so much but deliver nothing, while the people especially your devoted church-goers are starkly faced with harassment, insecurity, hunger and anxiety whether they and their families will wake up alive the next morning.

In all fairness to both your holiness, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro and Bishop Santo, and with my utmost personal respect as an unwavering Catholic faithful, I wish to reiterate my utmost commendation of the great roles you played in saving the lives and souls of Juba Southern citizens during the long war.

Undoubtedly, as individuals and men of God, your Holiness have been exemplary and well-respected personalities across the country and history most certainly will laudably vindicate the great roles and sacrifices you both made in the country’s evolution to total independence.

But, however, in the nation’s current predicament, whereby the SPLM leadership of Kiir and Igga is allowing innocent lives to be needlessly eviscerated, where everyday living has become a life-or-death struggle, South Sudanese are certainly looking at you, my holy bishops, for salvation and divine intervention.

Surely, the Catholic Church is fully cognizant of the lies, the immorality and deviousness of the Kiir-Igga regime as visibly exemplified by the stubborn refusal and callous intransigence to concede to popular national and international appeal that they step aside and allow a transitional government be formed as resolution to the political and military stalemate.

On that fateful Sunday December 15th, 2013, before Kiir-Igga conspiratorially embarked on the genocide against fellow citizens, it must be recalled that His Grace, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu himself was at president Kiir’s side during the SPLM Convention, praying for reconciliation with him at the church and at Nyakuron.

But, what happened that very shameful night? Kiir and Igga, as pathological liars, whilst publicly assuring your Holiness Archbishop Paulino Lukudu and other bishops of their willingness to peacefully and consensually resolve the internal contradictions within the mis-ruling SPLM and mis-governing GOSS and follow the rule of law, they instead unleashed their killer tribal SPLA and thousands were instantly butchered that very night.

Kiir, obviously, was totally subsumed with tribal hatred of a particular people in Juba and that can’t be tolerated from a leader pretending to be a pious Catholic for that fact, a man freely accorded a privilege he never dreamt about, that of weekly addressing the faithful at St. Theresa Catholic Cathedral, Kator.

Critically, in the aftermath of the murderous SPLA campaign, the Catholic Church at Kator became a refugee camp for the victims of Kiir-Igga’s terror and once again, Archbishop Lukudu and Bishop Santo, you exhibited your true Catholic virtues in saving and placating those poor souls now refugees once again inside their own supposedly independent country.

Psalms 31:18, reads, “Let the lying lips be put to silence.” That, my dear Bishops, is what is now required from you, as representatives of God on the land known as South Sudan nation to speedily withdraw those ‘lying lips’ and terminate the misplaced privilege accorded these two presumed power-hungry leeches the use of the holy pulpit.

This is the gist of this article from a Catholic who considers himself a life-parishioner of Kator, that your holiness MUST stop those lying lips of Kiir and Igga misusing the church for their empty and irritating rhetoric, aka, lies.

Furthermore, Your Holiness, your close association with the Kiir-Igga leadership can be rightly or wrongly presumed that you have become inadvertently involved in the realm of the dirty politics of the nation by supporting and abetting this regime, and as such, must be prepared to expect some criticism.

Of direct relevance, your Holiness can’t replicate the moral ineptitude of Pope Pius XII who despite colluding with the Hilter’s Nazis in Germany in 1939, kept his silence while the Nazi persecuted even those Jews who had converted to Christianity.

In the face of the looting, failed leadership and killings across the country and especially in Juba today where fathers and mothers are shamefully forced to doing their toilet in bottles and cans in the bedroom at night in the presence of their children during the rampant insecurity, the Catholic Church cannot remain oblivious, or at worst, complicit in this criminality.

Whilst common people are barely scratching a living, Kiir and Igga are ostentatiously riding to Kator in expensive fleets of Mercedes limousines, their wives and children living in East Africa like princes and princesses driving nothing less than a Hummer or Porche car.

Destitution is rampant, thanks to failed government of Kiir-Igga, that generations of South Sudanese children are now inevitably condemned to life of misery in perpetuity.

If Jesus Christ ever came to Juba, certainly he would do us and the South Sudan nation the honor of driving these inept, corrupt and sinful leaders from Kator and St. Joseph, just as the Lord drove those exploitative tax-men from the ‘house of His Father.’

Rightly, as reportedly circulated, one of your Catholic priests one Sunday years ago declared how some of these leaders came to Church on Sundays directly from their concubines’ beds unashamedly ‘uncleansed’ and dare to stand up to lecture to the Sunday faithful about ‘morality?….. that was deservedly a bitter statement that sent Kiir into self-imposed exile from Kator for nearly one year.

Finally, quoting again from the Holy Bible, Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

How can the Holy Catholic Church, your lordships, Lukudu and Santo, be a mouthpiece and platform of a regime bent on perpetuation of terror and disaster on your very parishioners?

Silently and unquestionably, the majority of those parishioners are quietly begging your Lordships, Lukudu and Santo, that your continuous propping of these two on the holy pulpits is a painful and unforgivable reminder of their aggravated agonies.

One thing is sure, my most holy bishops, is that these opportunistic and unpopular duo, Kiir and Igga have found a free avenue and are expeditiously exploiting it for their deadwood speeches.

I bet both your Holiness, that in reverse, if Kiir and Igga were the Bishops instead in your places, nobody would ever voluntarily enter their churches. Take my word!

Seriously, your Holiness, our Bishops, the question is, are these two, Kiir and Igga, really morally sanctified and exemplary, or even motivational and inspirational, to be accorded these holy pulpits to vomit their lies every Sunday, and the next, and the next….?

In conclusion, the Holy Scripture tells us in Proverbs 13:5, that “A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.”

Don’t we all hate lying and lies, especially coming from so-called leaders?

I beg for Your Forgiveness and blessing. Amen


36 Comments

  1. Okumu Wani James says:

    Catholics Church welcomes sinner just as Jesus did, but it does not tolerate sins. There appearance in the Church is not bad. The worst thing is what the two figures are doing to the nation in the name of targeting Nuer, and a lot of related inhuman act. Yes they are sinners, but going to Church cannot be prevented for them. Just think about it if you are a catholic, I don’t know for other religion.

    THE POINT IS NOT ATTENDING CHURCH SERVICE BUT WHY AND HOW THESE LEADERS ARE ALLOWED TO SPEAK FROM THE PULPIT AS IF THEY DESERVE THAT PRIVILEGE. …. EDITOR

  2. Charles says:

    Mr Editor, this editorial piece is long overdue. I do not see why the Archbishop should allow these politicians to address Christians from church pulpit at all, let alone on Sundays. Whenever in Juba I no longer go to Kator for prayers on Sundays even if it is where I was baptized, confirmed, and where I started my rewarding educational journey. I hope the good Archbishop or his aids will read your piece, to know how many of us feel. Church pulpits are not places for politicians.

    THANKS, CHARLES, I STRONGLY BELIEVE IT’S DESECRATION. Editor

  3. Joseph Gur says:

    Hi, Dear South Sudan Nation Editor, Could you please avoid the word called genocide that happened in 15 December, you think today is different, do not repeat something even people don’t want to talk about. enough is enough. to who are negatives feeling and put on whole Nations to become an agenda.
    Don’t you think that Nuer and Dinka are still brothers even though there is a Conflict; between them they be still brothers and sisters. Nevertheless it is about Dinka and Nuer issue It is the power struggle person seeking to have power by force. No killing No genocides.

    Cheers. With in regard By Joseph Gur.

    • Diktor Agarab says:

      Joseph Gur, you’re indeed naive like all Dinkas who think that people will simply forget the henious crimes they commit against other communities. Do you’re rally think that Nuers will forget the genocide perpetuated against them? You’re indeed a fool to think that Nuers still consider Dinkas brothers. What kind of a brother wants to exterminate the other?

  4. Choromke Jas says:

    The opposition deserves the right of reply if Kator now has become a party political platform; invite the representatives of Riek and other leaders to speak on alternate Sundays.

    MR. CHOROMKE JAS, IN AS MUCH AS FAIRNESS IS CONCERNED, THE OTHER POLITICIANS OR OPPOSITION MIGHT HAVE TO BE TREATED EQUALLY, BUT MY POINT IS WE MUST STOP THE POLITICIZATION OF THE PLACES OF WORSHIP.
    OTHERWISE, IT WILL LIKE SOME ‘CHRISTIAN’ TALIBANS OR HEZBOALLA OR BOKO HARAM, WHERE RELIGION AND POLITICS ARE MARRIED TOGETHER….. EDITOR

  5. Wau Naar says:

    Alhag Paul, this one worth’s Alleluia Amen.

  6. Elhag Paul says:

    Dear editor
    HE the Lord Almighty is talking to our spiritual leaders through you and I want to believe that his representatives in South Sudan will see it and do the right thing. Thank you very much for being a conduit for God’s work. God bless you.

    HI, ELHAG PAUL, I THOUGHT SOMEONE HAS TO TELL OUR BISHOPS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THEY ARE IN POLITICS, THEREFORE THEY MUST FACE THE POLITICAL MUSIC….. THANKS AGAIN. EDITOR

  7. Awomdit says:

    Editor,
    If you an honest Catholic who knows the history of this church then agree with me that ‘apostasy’ is the middle word for it. Right from the Bishop of Rome (Pope) down to the cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests in history have closely and will closely work with leaders who shed blood till Jesus returns. Why blame Lokudu and Santo?
    Don’t forget that you are also committing sin by passing judgement on other mortals like yourself. Its a sin that you will be judged with, ain’t it?
    However, I agree with your call to stop politicians talking nonsense at the pulpit. It is happening where I’m and I hate it too.

    MR. AWOMDIT, I DON’T REMEMBER PASSING ANY JUDGMENT AGAINST OUR RESPECTFUL BISHOPS, MINE IS AN APPEAL SHARED BY MANY THAT THE BISHOPS SHOULD QUICKLY TERMINATE THAT PRIVILEGE.
    POPE PIUS XII WENT DOWN INTO IGNOMINY FOR COLLUDING WITH THE NAZIS.
    ON THE OTHER HAND, UGANDA’S ARCHBISHOP JONAM LOWUM IS REMEMBERED FAVORABLY FOR STANDING AGAINST PRES. IDI AMIN WHO KILLED THE HOLY MAN.
    THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE LEADERS IN THE SPLM ARE SHAMELESS PATHOLOGICAL LIARS AND HENCE DON’T DESERVE THAT HONOR TO TALK FROM THE HOLY PULPIT. EDITOR

    • Awomdit says:

      Editor,
      I did not mean the Bishops but the politicians themselves. Hats down to you though for highlighting men of God who stood up against injustice, unfortunately our very own do not have the same spiritual gusto to do so. In my observation, young Santos has a bit of stamina than his grace. If only they distant themselves from receiving V8s as gifts from a government that buys expensive cars to run on muddy roads!

      THANKS, BROTHER AWOMDIT. IT WOULD BE SHAMEFUL AND MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE FOR THE HOLY CHURCH TO RECEIVE SO-CALLED ‘DONATIONS’ FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS THE WORST RECORD AS THE MOST CORRUPT AND FULL OF THIEVES.

  8. Chief Abiko! says:

    DEAR EDITOR:

    BOTH LEADERS,KIRR AND WANI,THEY ARE TOP STATE LEADERS IN THE COUNTRY.THE CHURCH HAVE A RESPECT FOR THEM.THE REASON WHY THEY ALLOW THEM TO TALK IN PULPIT AND LECTERN IS THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE LEADERS.THEY DO NOT DO NO SINS IN THE CHURCH.THEY ARE THERE TO WORSHIP GOD! THEIR CRIMES,ARE ALWAYS DONE AWAY IN THE CHURCH IN THE GOVERNMENT IN THE COUNTRY. PRESIDENT EL BESHIR,WENT TO ROME FOR OFFICIAL VISIT.HE WENT TO VATICAN,AND HE MET WITH THE POINTIFF ONGOING FORMER PROVOST.

    ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU SAID,ALL HUMAN BEINGS INCLUDE BISHOPS IN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OTHER BASED FAITH,THEY ARE SINNERS.NONE EVER BEEN BORN IMMACULATE! WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY IN THE SOUTH IN SPLM RULING PARTY IS THAT LEADERSHIP STRUGGLE BECAUSE PRESIDENT KIRR IS BLOCKING THE FELLOW MEMBERS TO UNSEAT FROM HIM POWER FROM PRESIDENCY IN OFFICE! HE WANTS HANG ON -ON POWER IN LEADERSHIP LIKE HIS CRONY PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI.BUT HE DOES NOT KNOW WELL THE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH SUDAN THE SOUTH SUDANESE, ARE ALL EDUCATED IN UGANDANS PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY!

    THE SOLUTION FOR THE ONGOING CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY IS THAT KIRR AND RIAK,HAVE TO COMMIT THEMESELVES FOR A PEACE WITHOUT EVER DOING A TERRIBLE FUCKIN POLITICAL GAME BETWEEN A FROG AND A HYENA. A HYENA CASTIGATED A FROG.IT SAID YOUR A FROG,YOU HIPLESS.I WILL WIN YOU ON RUNNING RACE.BUT THE FROM SAID I WILL OUTRUN YOU ON RUNNING! THE FROG BECAME A WINNER!

  9. Defender says:

    I said it before: the Church in South Sudan has been coopted. There is nothing that we can do about it. Vatican needs to get involved to put what is happening in South Sudan straight. Those Church leaders who were used to negotiate on behalf of government with DYY have shown that the church is selling partial truth. Something that Jesus will surely be upset about. Jesus would not have accepted chameleons to come and preach peace while their true intentions are hidden in plain view.

    To the Editor, please post this editorial on Vatican’s facebook page or somewhere that will bring attention to this cause.

    DEFENDER, IF YOU HAVE THE LINK FOR VATICAN FACEBOOK, PLEASE SEND IT TO MEL

  10. Choromke Jas says:

    Editor and Paul,

    Actually, I was being sarcastic to the Bishops (who seem to resemble each other). There is no place of politics in the pulpit. The sooner this is stopped the better for all. Cheers.

  11. False Millionaire says:

    Editor:

    But what is most disturbing is the fact that the church n the bishops r victims of the church principles of opened door for all.The sinners as the godly alike being wellcomed,one feels obliged to support the bishops for praying for them.It’s the only best thing they can do.

  12. Chul Mi Bor says:

    Truer Words Were Never Spoken! I couldn’t agree with you more – Editor in Chief. Many thanks.

  13. Chief Abiko! says:

    DEAR MR.JOSEPH GUR:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I AM DELIGHTED. YOU HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB WHEN CORRECTING EDITOR DR.PETER WANKOMO ON A WORD GENOCIDE!!! THE VIOLENCE THAT WAS OCCURRED IN JUBA IN THE COUNTRY ON DECEMBER 15,2013,WAS POLITICAL.THERE WAS NO PREMEDITATION KILLING AGAINST NUER TRIBE IN THE GOVERNMENT!

    Wake up, Chief, when has a national army become political and start killing on group of citizens?
    Politics, Chief, is the business of civilians. By your own logic above, how can the government or soldiers target and killing Nuer only if this is not premeditated?
    Finally, Chief, just google the meaning of the words before refuting real facts! EDITOR

    • deng hanbol says:

      Dear EDITOR, the man called Chief Abiko is a Jieng agent. In fact, he ( Abiko) always attacks any person who criticised Dinka or the genocider Kiir. He’s against the south Sudanese Nationalist figures such as El hug Paul, Joana Adam, Editor, James Nguen and many more. Chief Abiko even went so far by criticizing south African generalist mr. MoathThabo because he told us the facts . Any way, we can not rule out that this old man has taken bribe from the Dinka Mafia. Sultan Abiko,have you know shame?

  14. deng hanbol says:

    Dear editor, let us admit that at the moment all church leaders including bishop Lukudu and all politicians particularly non- Dinka politicians are at the mercy of Kiir and his tribe men. Therefore, we can not blame them at all. The only church leader that should be I blame is bishop Taban for associating himself with Salva who massacred some membered from his church who hailed from Nuer tribe. I ‘m wondering why bishop Taban has been working tirelessly to be the mediator between Kiir and YauYau while the Dinka president had committed genocide against Nuer people. Is because the innocence Nuer who Massacred by the Dinka were not from his tribe? I quoted what bishop Taban said ” the people of south Sudan should be humble so that without any condition each one should stretch out a hand to one another, for reconciliation and forgiveness and mercy rather than inflict judgment or point fingers in the eyes of each,” said the bishop. In fact, I was stunned when *I saw bishop Taban preaching in the Catholic Church of Bentiu 7 days before Juba massacred. Bishop Taban was my hero particularly when he openly opposed Dr. Garang policies on Equatorian people during nineties.

  15. False Millionaire says:

    defender:

    Do not forget we r in a bloodbath in our country n it’s not finished becouse some days back,brother Elhag Paul predicted spread of the war n violence in equatoria.It’s needless to tell u that we r too divided now to such an extent no one is ready to listen to another.There r only two forums left that can assembly us n that r the church for the christians n the mosque for the muslims.The president n his vice president being sinners in principle,there is nothing in church’s principles that obliges the bishops to close the church’s doors on them.In fact it’s even better that they go to the church.At the end,if church’s influence does not change them,let the bishops go home in peace.They will still have long years in their mission to accomplish with so many difficult problems to put to an end.

    But do u really believe that our church leaders r foolish to have intermediated peace between the government n David Yau Yau?Ofcourse no Sir.On the contrary,one would hope that they should still play decisive roles to bring to an end the bloodbath that is raging in our country between the rebels n the government forces.We r peace lovers in our struggle,my friend,n peace is wellcomed no matter how or who brigs it.Our church n it’s leadership corespond well to our needs in south sudan therefore to speak of Rome n the pope u r irrelevant.But go to Rome urself if u have any need to see the pope.U r only validating the false concept that God n Jesus r whites n that blacks r inferior than whites.

    In fact one must not dare to show lack of respect where it is undue.It’s most undue n unjestified to our church n it’s leaders to b made victims of this mean behaviour.These leaders r most educated than any one of us could ever dare to imagine.They r intelectuals.They r scholars.They r teachers.They r educators.They r consolors.They r peace makers n they r the last agents of refuge at most times of needs.If they seem failing to make peace on a given matter,it’s becouse circumstances could b too difficult to permit them.Never out of lack of goodwill.If peace comes one day in our country,they will still b the ones who will bring reconciliation n healing among us.They will also b the ones to open schools n formulate the necessary curriculum for better education of our society.

    But unfortunately,may be either out of pure arrogance,uncivlised mannerism,ignorance or simply out of malicious acts to discredit them that warranted ur undue ill treatment.U don’t necessarily see what they represent.Bad for u n ur editor.The president,his vice president n their regime r the enemies of our struggle.Going to the church or not will never change our struggle against them.But that will not make the church n it’s leadership our enemies.There r so many among us in this forum who waste so much time writing comments so that we may b well focused on who r our real enemies,only in vain.But u r free to shoot bullets wherever n on whomever u want.At the end:u would b very lucky if did not help to see this great sacred object named south sudan n it’s society coming to unrecognisable pieces like a fat elephant blown up by a merciless landmine.May be that would please u if u r too lucky to survive to b able to see.

  16. DEAR EDITOR:

    ARMY,THEY THEMESELVES INCLUDE ALL FORCES,IN THE GOVERNMENT IN THE COUNTRY,THEY ARE PART OF POLITICS IN SPECTRUM!.THERE IS NO ANY DIFFERNT BETWEEN THEM AND CIVILIANS!.POLITICS IS EVERYTHING!

    REMEMBER THAT BEFORE,ABUL GASIM.THE VICE PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT JAFAR MOHAMMED NIMERY,HE AND NIMERY,THEY KILLED CIVILIANS GEZIRA IBA NEAR KOSTI IN NORTH.THEY ARE MILITARY MEN IN THE SUDAN NATIONAL ARMY.WHAT DO YOU THINK??? THANK YOU.BACK TO YOU!
    CHIEF ABIKO! MISSOURI,USA

  17. Defender says:

    False Millionaire,
    You seem to be confused like those whom you are giving credit to. The church’s principle is very clear, whether it is govern from South Sudan or Rome. So, please review your understanding about the role of the Roman Catholic Church before you begin your rant about role of the church in the politics of destruction that is transpiring in our country. Just for your information, the church in South Sudan does not work independent of the Holy Sea. If you understand that alone, you would have saved time writing a response to my comment on the Editor’s excellent article.

    Second, bringing peace should not achieved piece meal if the church is really interested in the wellbeing of the people in South Sudan. The DYY and government peace agreement is what we do not want in South Sudan. For one, it transgressed against the constitution, a supreme law of the land. It gave the church, a non representative member of the political domain to decide on the fate of the state and the constitution. The recently created Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) directly contravene all the stipulation of the Transitional constitution. The Church, as an agent of the state, instead of being an independent entity that is respected for its high moral place, has been coopted to do the dirty deeds of the state, in dismantling the constitution without the consent of the public. How do you see this anomaly? if you are really an independent thinking being that is looking for the wellbeing of the nation, instead of the people who are leading it. It seems that leaders are immune and the constitution is vulnerable. Is this what you seem to think as important? Is this what you want the Church to be involved in? Why can the Church be an independent voice for the voiceless instead of the voice of those who have a platform to spew their venom…Those political animals have political rallies, party meetings to do their bids of talking about peace and reconciliation.

    For your information, no one has indicated that they should not go to church. They are welcome to go to church like any other parishioners that want to have spiritual relationship with their God. But, as the editor mentioned, they cannot use the Holy pulpit to do their political bid. That is where I have a problem. So, Jesus will even agree with me that the Church is meant to receive sinners. But he did not indicate that sinners and murderers are given platform to tell lies in the name of God. If this reality escaped you, then I do not have anything to use to convince you about the principle of the Church.

    Peace and reconciliation cannot be brought by those who are complicit in any shape or form with process of agony that the people of South Sudan are going through. Even if we choose to use the current leaders of the Church in South Sudan, their place in history has already been tainted. Thus, in any organization where hierarchy is entrenched, the Catholic church in South Sudan must answer to their the spiritual mentors about how the flocks of the faithful are being shepherd. This does not indicated that there is a principle of superiority here. If South Sudanese authorities want to establish a politically driven church in South Sudan, let them take the high road that the crown in UK took some few centuries back by nationalizing the Church and make the president the head of the Church, instead of Rome.

    DEFENDER, I COMPLETELY CONCUR WITH YOU. THAT PEACE ACCORD WITH DYY (MURLE DAVID YAU YAU) WAS A MESS AND UTTERLY CONTRAVENED THE CONSTITUTION. THOSE OF BISHOP PARIDE TABAN AND JANDA WERE MANIPULATED BY KIIR TO BRING PEACE WITH DYY AT ANY COST.
    ON YOUR LAST POINT, IT’S ALMOST AN UNSPOKEN AND UNDISPUTED FACT KATOR CATHEDRAL HAS BEEN SECRETLY ‘NATIONALIZED’ BY THE GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT EVEN BROUGHT ITS OWN LUXURIOUS SOFA CHAIRS, IF KIIR AND WANI IGGA AREN’T THERE, NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO ON THOSE CHAIRS. JUST IMAGINE THE BLATANT SACRILEGE AND DESECRATION OF THE ONCE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH!!!!! EDITOR

  18. Deng says:

    Dear Editor, I hold the same views in regard, unfortunately the bishops you have just mentioned seem to have no trouble with the poor leaders’conducts and in particular, the “ring kisser”.

  19. Tyson says:

    Editor,
    You have said it all!
    The church should be there to defend the defenceless rather than being used as platform for political mockery.

    THAT IS THE POINT I AM SENDING OUR BISHOPS, THANKS. EDITOR

  20. monychol says:

    Which country on Earth has that political arrangement? You must learn from neighboring countries such as Uganda and Kenya where you have been buying all of those fake degrees you have.I have been saying that Equatorians education is useless.They are either witb fake documents with English or Arabic that has no relations to those languages.If you listen to them speaking those languages, you will know that everything they have is fake.Fake knowledge, fake people and fake degrees.I have been classes with them from primary to university, they donot know how to read and write.All students from Equatoria were always pulling the dogtail of the class and even some committed academic plagiarism at the University.So what civilization and knowledge they can claims? Bunches of shallow unreasonable illiterates.They way they get excited for something they have no details shows how shallow they are and are driven by emotions that are fuel by nothing other then ethnic hatred and habitual complaining.Playing victimhood is their character.They should not be allowed to play with people minds.There is no price for the land only human life and blood which we have already paid dearly and if anybody toys with the state of things, you will implement that type of federalism over our lifeless dead bodies.I guranteed that we will be deadbodies when you are dried bones.
    These unteachable Equatorians with fake useless education must be told to zip their filthy rat eating mouths.Their minds are short like the bodies and Maridi lesson shall be the best medicines for them.Shoot them in the street in a broad daylight like mad dogs and let them go complains in hell.
    Unreasonable idiots.

  21. Joana Adams says:

    Editor,
    This editorial is indeed long overdue. Since these SPLM hooligans came to town in2005, they systematically desecrated places of worship across Juba especially the Catholic Cathedral in Kator. I have utmost respect for some of our church leaders especially Arch Bishop Lokudu, who had for many long hard years been a good Shepard to his sheep in Juba and elsewhere during the war of liberation. After the CPA, the Bishop did not shy away from his responsibilities but on several occasions went on collision course with the Juba politicians.
    In South Sudan today, the Jieng government has disempowers and abuses non-Jieng groups and institutions including the Holy Catholic Church at will! The issue is not whether or not these murderers, thieves, adulterers, oppressors etc. should be allowed to go to church but why they are being given the previledge to use the holy pulpit to consistently preach evil politics? It is the responsibility of our church leaders to uphold the integrity of the church which is the body of Christ by sticking to church doctrines and not importing materialism and inequality into the House of God. Before God there are no social or political classes; all is equal before God. Why have the churches in South Sudan broken with this tradition and introduced luxury sofa seats into our places of worships. Since when have churches become places of comfort? The parents of Kiir and Wani and many others didn’t have chairs to sit on in their tukuls, why can’t they sit on traditional church benches? If the House of Gd is not good enough for them, then they should keep away or not come into it.
    Secondly and most importantly, not everyone should routinely be given the previledge to use the holy pulpit for purposes other than that which it is intended for- preaching the word of God. By allowing sinners to desecrate the pulpit, the bishops are complicit in allowing their congregations to be fed with lies which is an affront to God. The Church leaders, should rise up to this affront and stop this practice of allowing Kiir and his vice to address the congregation. The Bishops ought to know that it is not the duty of Kiir or Wani to address the congregation. This responsibility squarely lies with the bishops and priests. In the Old Testament only high priests were allowed to go any where ner the holy of holies. Those who disobeyed met instant death!
    Obviously Kiir and Wani Igga are taking advantage of the bishops and priests who must feel intimidated and bullied by the power of the state. This is not just wrong but it is sinful and these abusers will surely pay for it here or in the next world. The politicians are also taking advantage of the lack of awareness of the majority of the congregation. Otherwise these infidels should be told that when politicians want to address the nation, they should create their own fora and spaces. They can hold public rallies, or use the media such as the government monopolised SSTV. Kiir should stop boring the church goers in Kator and start behaving like a real president who should dare to leave the comfort zone inJuba and start visiting and addressing citizens in all the states and counties. He needs to go out like a soldier to encourage and comfort his so.diers dying in their numbers on the front lines. In the past Kings used to lead soldiers into battles, what’s happening with our faint hearted president who wants to be treated like an absolute monarch yet can only address the nation in the comfort and security of the church? Oh incase, he didn’t know this, or has not been informed so, the President of the republic can have a regular monthly or weekly TV programme to address the nation on any burning issue including their paranoia and obsession with Riek Machar.
    Let the House of God be the House where worshipers go to encounter their maker not to be distracted by politicians. Obviously Kiir lacks not just the fundamental of good leadership but also the fundamentals of Christianity! The Arch Bishop should consult the Bishop of Rome about the inappropriate behaviours of Kiir and get him ex communicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Alternatively the congregation can take matters into their hands and boycott services at Kator or at St Joseph’s. Without the congregation, they will surely not come to church since they come to church not to worship but to be seen and adored! Enough is enough!

    DEAR JOANA, THAT EXACTLY IS MY MESSAGE TO LUKUDU AND SANTO: KEEP THE LIARS AWAY FROM THE HOLY PULPIT IN SPITE OF THEIR ILL-BEGOTTEN MONIES DONATED TO THE CHURCH, ESPECIALLY THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH. EDITOR

  22. Langoya Opoka says:

    The church is open to both sinners and the “holy”.But the church should not be used for political propaganda. Let there be separation of State from Religion.

    Dr. OPOKA, THAT’S THE POINT I AM TRYING TO SEND AND IMPRESS ON OUR HOLY BISHOPS TO KEEP THE LYING POLITICIANS FROM THE PULPIT. EDITOR

  23. kolangthok says:

    Dear brother!

    I would like to direct my message to you through your contact maile you gave,am here replying your message you wrote about the evile plan of JIENG.
    what I want to tell you is this,you Equatorias God created you naturally to be slaves of other tribs.Why I said this looke it is you who wrote all those things and you are still there without taking an arm to one who disarm you and kill you.In Africa talkig alone does not bring any changes and you Equatorias you don,t like war and still you don,t dies at age of 100 yrs while you are sufferring yourself with great fear befor your death.For me it is better,if you keep silence without voices your grievance b/c knowing the problem and you won,t solve it,it is graet shame on the victime.
    You can send it to any webe you like I don,t care. I am from Akobo town

    BY;Dr.Kolang Thok Yak(MD)

  24. Holo Kor says:

    Oh, a Dr. eh! Uh and me, as a South Sudanese, I am ashamed-especially when indeed you are a Dr. Poor English-with no grammar at all. Eh Doc, go away and don’t come near my kids. Because I am sure whether you’re the real doc. Sorry, I don’t want you to kill my baby.

  25. False Millionaire says:

    Defender & Editor:

    Let us reconcile n unite ourselves for the next steps of our struggle.I apologise I had no intention to do u any harm.I am most satisfied with defender’s reply n more so with the consistence of the editor’s position.That is why I believe that dialoque is good.Our excanges would have been very useful if the church leaders n those of the SPLM/SPLA leadership read them.

    Wishing u a very best day,False Millionaire

  26. Defender says:

    False Millionaire,

    We are discussing issues of public importance and people differ in their points of view. However, acknowledging the fact that there are grave concerns with the way the Church has handled these issues is important. Our exchange as you indicated are health if we are able to see the point being put across. We will surely agree on other topics as we did on this one.

  27. False Millionaire says:

    Defender:

    I thought I was crossing the desert alone,brother.Thank u very much for ur undersatnding n cooperation.

  28. Rumunu says:

    Dear Monychol,

    Am very sorry for your comments and sorry that you personally can not write proper English. What you have mentioned in your comment about Academic papers is actually the opposite, I believed you did followed what happened in Juba when Hon. Ayut Deng requested for the verification of academic papers in all the public offices, can you really remember of what took place that led to the stoppage of the exercise. You very know most of your boys and Am sure including you all having forged papers. Don’t let us to speak other things because I can not remember in which School of University where Equatorian sons and daughters are ever the tails in class performance that is a total lie.

  29. Diktor Agarab says:

    The church erred from the very beginning when it gave those rogues a platform to pontificate. All over the world, churches don’t allow political leaders onto their bully-pulpit. It is only in South Sudan that allows this holy place to be desecrated. In most countries, I’ve yet to see any political leader addressing the faithful from the bully-pulpit. The church needs to revisit this policy urgently. And, also stop with those special chairs for dignitaries. The church is where everybody is equal before God. Once you start making special dispensation to dignitaries, you compromise the church.

  30. manut says:

    Dear writer,
    I don;t see your argument as a real sense. Since you accused both his grace and his lordship for allowing the sinners for prayer. God says donot judge others , how come to talk about the president and vice president while you never know your place in heaven.

    • info@southsudannation says:

      FROM EDITOR,
      GOD’S JUSTICE DOESN’T AFFECT US THE POOR AND SINLESS PEOPLE.
      JUSTICE WILL BE DONE AGAINST THOSE SINNERS IN THE PERSONS OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE. THE BISHOPS AND CATHOLIC CHURCH MUST NOT ALLOW THESE TWO TO PERPETUATE THEIR CRIMES VIA THE CHURCH’S PULPITS.

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