Catholic Bishops during the SECAM plenary
Secretary General for the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) now Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) Father Cleophas Lungu says the Bishops in Africa are worried that social media can break families unless people are catechised.
Fr. Lungu said this in a briefing to Catholic Media Services (CMS) on the recommendations made by the bishops at the just ended 17th Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Angola. Father Lungu said that the Bishops in Africa want the institution of marriage and family to be highly celebrated as that’s the core of all vocations. “To promote the institution of marriages, bishops in Africa are saying marriages should be celebrated from year one. We should not wait for silver, golden or diamond jubilee for those who are strong,” He said. He said that the bishops in their plenary discussed the need to also invest in marriage preparations and continued accompaniment of couples so that marriages are successful. Father Lungu said that in order to see this happening, the church shall work at reviving marriage encounter and reawaken family life movement in the country. He revealed that plans are under way to set up a Family Life desk at the national Catholic Secretariat as stated in the ZCCB strategic plan. And Father Lungu has also disclosed that Catholic bishops in Africa are also worried about ideologies that the western world are introducing on the continent of Africa and how they are connecting aid to practices that are questionable. He said that the influence of the West on the family in Africa is some of the challenges that the bishops are concerned about and want to address. “The western world are promoting contraception, abortion and tying aid to homosexuality which is against Christian values and traditions. So the bishops want to revive promotion of natural way of contraception and promote pro-life,” Father Lungu said. Over 220 Catholic Bishops recently met in Angola for the 17th Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Zambia was represented by Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu.