GENOCIDE AGAINST TUTSI : The Role of the Church.

The church’s hands during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994 is well documented. It is lammentable. It was not the first time either. Same bloody hands were at work during the Holocaust.

Thanks to the ICTR, embattled genocide suspect, Pastor Jean UWANKINDI has been transferred to Kigali. Those who continue to question the integrity of the Rwanda justice system, go hang. This is a vote of confidence.

While all genocidaires are despecable, but for men and women of the cloth to have been so instrumental in the genocide is a hard pill to swallow. To add insult to injury, the Vatican continues to shield many who were instrumental in the genocide against Tutsi in 1994.

This thought continues to nag me : why are churches in Rwanda still packed to capacity?


One response to “GENOCIDE AGAINST TUTSI : The Role of the Church.

  1. Dear Willis,
    As you know, the Roman Catholic Church has been a principal driver (perhaps even THE PRIMARY driver) of Rwanda’s political and social development from the moment their missionaries arrived in the country after Africa’s partition among predatory European powers at the 1884-85 Berlin Conference until the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The church was closely involved in the forced abdication and exile of King Musinga in 1931 because of his unyielding opposition to his subjects’ conversion to Christianity; it was instrumental in the administrative reforms that replaced Hutu local chiefs with Tutsi chiefs in 1943; and it was the moral and intellectual force (most importantly through the personal influence of Monsignor Perraudin) behind the radical Hutu ethnist creed that over time evolved into the murderous Hutu Power ideology, etc.

    Contrary to how the Vatican would have us believe, the involvement of such a large number of its clergy in the Genocide is less a result of individual failure (though that too is true) and more a reflection of the utter moral bankruptcy of the Church as an institution that had a privileged spot at the decision-making apex of the Rwandese state and, instead of using it for good, abused it and the trust of its folk by involving itself in the most heinous crime. The Vatican continues to compound this sin by its refusal to fully acknowledge the Church’s accessory role in the processes that led to genocide and by its assistance it has provided to clerics and others who were directly involved in its execution to escape from justice.

    Given all that we know about the Church’s role in fomenting the ideology that led to Genocide and the wholesale involvement of its clerics in its planning, organisation, and execution, I too often wonder why Rwandans remain so attached to such an institution. Perhaps social pyschologists might help us understand this apparent illogicality.
    Mwene Kalinda

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