Sunday, July 29, 2007

Kenya: Catholic Will Punish Its Politically Aligned Clergy

The Catholic Church does not allow its clergy to vie for political seats and anybody who goes against the rule will be dealt with.

The Kenya Episcopal Conference, which is the official mouthpiece of the over one million Catholic faithful, said the rules are in 'black and white' and any priest, deacon or nun who goes against the Church's rules will be dealt with.

The conference Chairman, Archbishop John Njue, in an interview with The Standard, said: "The Church's position is well known. You are either serving the Church or in politics."

The Archbishop said the Catholic Church was a mission for everybody and hence the clergy are not supposed to be partisan or allied to any political party.

On the other hand, the Anglican Church of Kenya supports the idea of its clergy going for elective politics but will never form a political party or sponsor its own candidates in the General Election.

Head of the Church Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi said Christians as individuals have rights to engage in politics just like other Kenyans.

In a statement, Nzimbi said the church recognised that Kenya was a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-racial nation that recognised personal liberties of every citizen to express themselves and participate in national affairs.

Nzimbi further said the church acknowledged that Kenya was a country where democracy was upheld in giving every citizen a right to participate in governance at all society levels.

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