The Catholic Church has just set the tone. No question of getting involved in political quarrels during this election campaign period. The slogan has just been given in all the parishes of the country, as in 2006 and 2011. The clergy being warned in the foreground. Hence, the recently issued Code of Conduct.

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) recalls the conduct that ecclesiastics and pastoral agents must adopt during this campaign for the elections of December 23, 2018.

The Catholic prelates have, for this purpose, issued a code of conduct for ecclesiastics and pastoral agents.

Considered as a period of high social tension where political opponents and their supporters clash and sometimes violently, priests are required not to give the floor to politicians during Masses, not to do the electoral propaganda of a candidate and not to put church rooms at the disposal of politicians for the election campaign.

They are also prohibited from participating actively in the activities of political parties and associations of a political nature, as well as the leadership of state institutions responsible for organizing elections at any level.

Also, they must not found political parties or other political movements or associations, let alone take an active and direct part in them, in the form of responsibilities assumed within the government or in the form of candidatures for the elections.

Or as members of the electoral preparation bodies in this case in the offices of the CENI.

"Anyone who goes against the legitimate prohibition of his authority can be punished with just punishment, without excluding censorship, taking into account what is prescribed by law", Catholic prelates warn…


(CKS/Yes)