Thursday, July 18, 2024

Bishop Mambo Disagrees with Archbishop Banda’s Representation of Catholic Church’s Stance

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In a press statement released on the 30th of May 2023, Bishop John Mambo, founder of the Chikondi Foundation, has called for a national conversation characterized by sobriety and respect. The Bishop commended His Royal Highness Senior Chief Dr. Chisunka, the Chairperson of the House of Chiefs, for offering wise counsel to religious leaders regarding the need for dialogue in addressing national issues.

Highlighting the importance of unity and respect for dialogue, Bishop Mambo quoted Colossians 4:6, which emphasizes the need for conversations filled with grace and wisdom. He expressed his concern over the confrontational approach adopted by Archbishop Alick Banda, a fellow Catholic leader, particularly in his dealings with President Hakainde Hichilema.

Bishop Mambo acknowledged that addressing the current issues of hunger and poverty required addressing past instances of treasury looting and reckless borrowing that have led to a debt trap. He argued that failing to question past tragedies, such as the incidents of gassing that claimed innocent lives, or the fatal shooting of Nsama Nsama and Joseph Kaunda, undermines the credibility of those who adopt combative and acidic attitudes now.

Refuting the notion that Archbishop Banda’s opinions represent the stance of the Catholic Church, Bishop Mambo highlighted the Archbishop’s silence during atrocities, human rights abuses, and rampant corruption in the previous regime. He asserted that the Archbishop’s failure to condemn such acts did not reflect the position of the Catholic Church.

In light of these concerns, Bishop Mambo urged Archbishop Banda and Fr. Sangaleta to seek dialogue with President Hakainde Hichilema. Additionally, he offered his assistance in facilitating their engagement with the President.

Bishop John Mambo’s statement serves as a call for a more respectful and constructive national conversation. It emphasizes the importance of addressing past issues and engaging in dialogue to find solutions to the challenges facing the nation.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Sit down and think about it, and you will realise that all this is caused by HH who is extremely arrogant and pompous. Note how the SDA who are majority t0ngaz are quiet. They cannot criticise their fellow tribal villager. Upnd is a sda supporter and hates Catholics.

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    • This one is a fake bishop. Who ordained him. KK knew how fake the bishop is .He deported him back to his home land. Iam wondering what he is still doing here- Mashonaland

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  2. This man has no moral ground to point a finger at the priests, he himself is a fully-fledged UPND cadre.

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  3. In my view there should be a separation between the state and the church. It’s a very clear principle.
    The role of the church is primarily spiritual. So the two churchman must refrain from engaging in politics from the pulpit. The bible is very clear that the church must “pray for all men, for kings and all those in authority so that we may have a peaceful life…”

    Non the less, Bishop maambo’s words don’t spring from a spiritual motive but political and tribal motive. It’s very clear.

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    • #Mwata. It depends on what you mean by separation. Mambo at his highest point sided with the MMD. That’s why KK deported him.

    • @deja Vu….my point is a to state a principle.
      Eg its not the job of the president to teach the bible in his capacity as president. But he can do so in his other capacity as a church elder. But when he does so, he must not take politics to the pulpit.
      Similarly it is not the job of a Bishop to engage in politics in his capacity as a Bishop. But he can do so in his private capacity as a citizen. Hence the throne of the king is not a pulpit and the sit of the Bishop is not a throne.
      Let each do what he must I the correct capacity.

    • He is still zambian……..

      If you get deported to DRC according to the whims of GRZ, that ……..

      Does not mean you are not still zambian…….

      Even if we know you are a Congolese

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  4. Bishop commended His Royal Highness Senior Chief Dr. Chisunka, the Chairperson of the House of Chiefs, for offering wise counsel to religious leaders regarding the need for dialogues.
    The Chief never did so when HH and Bishop Mpundu were attacking those in government….why now? Blood is thicker than water.

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  5. This man doesn’t deserve the title ‘Bishop.’ He’s not an ordained elder in the church, so where does he draw to address himself as Bishop?

  6. Zambian society needs to secularised……..

    The president did well to scrap that useless day of national prayers as a first step…..

    Move away from this fundamentalists Christian nation crap and instead preach hard work , patronisim and honesty……….

    Black people are especially prone to the notion that God will provide for them and develop the country for them if they pray hard enough……….and will gladly relegate hard work as a none essential……….

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  7. …..

    ” Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful…”

    Seneca

    None of these religious figures deserve any national credit………

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  8. This one uses tribe to think and not a brain.We have indocrinated people who can’t think beyond tribe and this one is the man.We are in problems.The chaps were not ready to rule the country because ruling a country is to be above tribalism.Catholic bishops are mature and have demonstrated that unlike this boshop of one church without followers.They don’t want to critise thier own even when he does stupid things.look at cost of living.look at farmers stranded with soya beans.This govt is a danger to the democracy of mother Zambia

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  9. If I might just give my view:
    You cannot run from religion. Man is by nature religious, because he is created that way.
    The big question is WHAT or WHO he worships.
    Is it the one true God? Or a god of his own making? Or is it self?

    It’s always interesting when people dismiss religion as “for the common people”, all the while elevating themselves to be among the “wise”. Is that not worship of self?

  10. find it even more unfortunate when people dismiss religion casually by quoting from some figure who was considered wise.

    That saying from Seneca….did he think himself wiser than Plato? Or Aristotle? Probably not. Because practically all of western philosophy (including seneca) is built on the foundation of the teaching of plato and his student Aristotle. And yet neither of these two great philosophers dismissed religion casually.
    It’s important to think carefully before speaking. Especially so when we are going to try to assert something by referring some ancient or even contemporary authority without a full understanding of the subject matter. Because instead of appearing wise, as we may desire, we end up looking foolish and shallow.

  11. As for religion….if people followed a logical and objective investigation they would find what is the true way.
    The evidence is right before our eyes; in nature above, around and in us. It’s in ancient documents and in archeology. But in our desire to be wise and autonomous, we dismiss everything and we want to be the final authority. Can a man who is like a plant that grows today and withers tomorrow, be the final authority and the sit of all wisdom?
    Can a creature that controls neither his birth, health and death be self existent?
    Can a world so beautiful crafted have designed itself.
    It is true he came “that the blind may see and those that think they can see may remain blind”.

  12. Bishop Mambo’s statement is to the point. Do not judge him from past but what he has communicated in this particular statement. Period. No controversy. Why are you so scared of graphs when it was a means of communicating.

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  13. Bishop mambo is a big mouth for nothing ad who supports ama rubbish. Wht our Catholic priest(s) are saying are on the side of the poor Zambians than him always side with the elite so tht he’s big bucket is filled up, wht the Zambians are going thu it’s our business.
    Ba Bishop with respect better u shut up

  14. My Prayer as a Catholic Faithful is that our Bishops and Priests should stay out of the Social Media Platforms. It is embarrassing to hear in one breath an Archbishop say that he does want to see the people we voted into office fail while another Archbishop and a Priest are seeing to be attacking the Republican President, let alone, trying to resuscitate a destroyed Party we labelled a Monster. I shall count it a Blessing when use our usual official way of communicating.

  15. My Prayer as a Catholic Faithful is that our Bishops and Priests should stay out of the Social Media Platforms. It is embarrassing to hear in one breath an Archbishop say that he does not want to see the people we voted into office fail while another Archbishop and a Priest are seen to be attacking the Republican President, let alone, trying to resuscitate a Party we labelled a Monster that would have consumed us had we not kicked it out. I shall count it a Blessing when use our usual official way of communicating.

  16. This man is a bona fade we are tired of such characters of the 18th centuary.Bishop you should be ashemed of yourself your friends are working fighting for the poor,and you are there to discourage shame on you shame on you.Ba Mambo it is time to go settle at the farm and concentrate on your farm please.

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