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Rwanda – Vatican : Letter requesting resignation of Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE His Holiness Pope !
Kabgayi , September 22, 2012
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Rome
Vatican City – ITALIA
Subject: Request for resignation of Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE the pastoral care of the diocese of Kabgayi ( Rwanda – Central Africa) inability of government and serious scandals.
Holy Father ,
It is with great sorrow that we , priests of the diocese of Kabgayi , Rwanda (Central Africa) , are writing to request the resignation of Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE now Bishop of Kabgayi from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kabgayi inability of government to the diocese and serious scandals paralyzing the whole mission of evangelization in the diocese of Kabgayi .
Holy Father, there are only six years , the Clergy, Religious and Religious and the entire community of the Diocese of Kabgayi greeted with joy and relief the appointment of Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE the Episcopal Kabgayi after the resignation of his predecessor SE Archbishop Anastasius MUTABAZI for personal reasons. This appointment has raised hopes for the whole local Church Kabgayi , after a long time of vacancy of the episcopal see of Kabgayi complicated by poor interim administration has exacerbated tensions and divisions within the clergy and the entire Christian community Kabgayi .
Unfortunately, six years after the presence of Monsignor Smaragde MBONYINTEGE at the head of the diocese of Kabgayi as a Bishop, we note with bitterness that Kabgayi diocese is in the process of gradually and irreversibly sinking into the abyss.
We denounce the absence of a genuine administration for a large diocese already centenary as Kabgayi gross divisions deliberately maintained by Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE among the clergy , a permanent state of tension and fear and conflictual relations between the Bishop and the clergy , a disastrous financial managements and property of the Diocese , and finally his scandalous relationship with women who have an impact on its function and Bishop compromise its credibility in the diocese of Kabgayi where he was born and or the world knows her private life since childhood.
Holy Father let us stop for a moment on each of the items listed above to inform your father’s decision to take the diocese of Kabgayi the disastrous and outrageous where he is because of his pastor position .
I. Absence of a genuine diocesan administration .
Holy Father , it is true that there is no recipe for administration “perfect” of a diocese , however, for the government and administration of the diocese , the Church has clear and accurate readings recorded in the Code of Canon Law and Church documents . These indicate a number of essential ecclesial structures , skills and operating procedures .
To be effective, functional and practical , these general principles of government and administration are complemented by pastoral guidance developed by the clergy and lay participation notified and issued by the diocesan bishop . These guidelines provide pastoral ministry line to follow the pastoral work of priests and pastoral workers working in the diocese. This avoids the confusion that can generate too personal initiatives confuse the community of believers and promote unity and cohesion of the whole diocese .
Holy Father , the priests of the diocese of Kabgayi regret that Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE probably busy and preoccupied with his personal problems and difficulties can not find time and serenity necessary to establish a minimum credible diocesan structures , which are essential for the proper functioning of diocesan activities.
By absurd , saying that one can understand the reference “sine die” the appointment of Vicar General to cause divisions and rivalries that undermine the clergy of the diocese of Kabgayi . However, the situation becomes more worrisome when the diocese does not have some basic diocesan structures as a credible College of Consultors , a Council of Economic Affairs that works, a diocesan pastoral council , the board of laity, the parish council as yet mandatory canon law and many others …
Indeed, these diocesan structures have existed at some point , then quickly broke or became extinct because of internal rivalries and the inability of the Bishop to unity and communion in consistency , and to work in a reasonable, rational and transparent way how its important structures for the administration of a diocese .
In the absence of structures and pastoral committees should lend a hand with their commitment and cooperation , and guidance in the administration of the diocese , it is normal that Monsignor Smaragde MBONYINTEGE – actually cut his clergy and the Christian community – is one man, isolated and unable to face the complexity of the issues and challenges facing our diocese faces.
Yes , Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE is one man and cut off his clergy and community and no longer has any moral authority in the territory of our local Church . He sees well that he can not control the situation and despair . This is evident in his reactions meetings and meetings . Unable to dialogue and listening to others, it is authoritarian in his remarks , aggressive in his responses and unable to hold a coherent speech and before his priests to the congregation , so much so that even the evangelical teaching and magisterial compromised .
Holy Father, because of lack of organization and disorder in the diocese not finally pastoral plan for evangelization , we believe that Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE is not up to the task and responsibilities that are hers as Bishop of Kabgayi .
II . A permanent state of division and conflict relationships among the clergy Kabgayi
Bishop Smaraggde Mbonyintege )
Holy Father, who does not know the unhealthy climate and the fear in the clergy Kabgayi , this may seem a slander to the place of the Bishop of Kabgayi . The reality is that every day the priests live in Kabgayi divisions and maintained by Bishop Smaragde MBONYINTEGE permanent tensions. Despite all the pain experienced by our country because of the genocide of 1994, Monsignor Smaragde MBONYINTEGE to divest or rising above ethnic divisions or other types of divisions to really be a father to all , a sign of unity and communion for all priests and the Christian community Kabgayi and Father welcomes all son and daughters of the diocese without prejudice or exclusion. Rather it is a sad fact that when he is not personally -bearer of these divisions , it maintains the subtle and malicious manner within the clergy and the entire community.
The diocese of Kabgayi is the only diocese in Rwanda where the priests are cataloged and appointed mission stations in reference to their ethnicity, their country of origin when they are missionaries , they are loyal when they obey blindly policy divisive and partisan of the bishop and ” unruly and delinquent ” when they dare to make critical judgments about some evangelical attitudes of the Bishop .
In the diocese of Kabgayi words like “unity” of the presbyterate ” communion and priestly fraternity ” are empty words and make us smile . Indeed how to speak of unity, communion and priestly fraternity “without communication between the priests , the priests and their bishop , in a climate of fear and terror exacerbated by a group of priests who are either opportunistic saying its defenders, and play role of the second column of the Bishop . Yes, the priests no longer live colleagues but most of their days in watching the movements of each other and in clandestine meetings in which they express their anger and helpless outrage the person of their Bishop.
Given the lack of unity and communication between Bishop and his priests Smaragde MBONYINTEGE , the climate of fear , suspicion , and distrust between them and their Bishop and the regular flow of criticism, even insults and About malicious addressed to the Bishop , through the national and international press , which not only greatly tarnished the image of the Church of Rwanda , but also the universal Church , we conclude that our pitiful situation like priests Kabgayi diocese is not just an isolated problem of the Diocese of Kabgayi , but a problem of the universal Church . Our call to our dear cry and Beloved Holy Father is in this context of the very lack of essential elements of the mission and pastoral work of the Church by the same fault of our Bishop. Without unity and communion between priests and their bishop and priests among themselves, what’s left of their testimony and credibility to the community of the faithful, with honesty and realism say that there is virtually nothing otherwise the ship to change course.
Let us return to the serious problem of lack of unity and communion between the bishop and the clergy of the diocese , which is the crux of the problem and the operation of services in the diocese of Kabgayi . Indeed, despite the lessons learned from the tragic events of the 1994 genocide , the Bishop of Kabgayi , supported by a handful of priests imbued with ethnic and regionalist spirit continues to play this game the devil.
So when in other dioceses , bishops , making treasure the unfortunate experience of the past to strengthen the unity and communion of their clergy , the diocese of Kabgayi remains in antiquated prejudices and conclusions that are also new in this diocese . Also, in the new times we are currently living in our country and our Church , it is surprising that the priests are categorized by ethnicity and regional origin . Thus, in the diocese of Kabgayi rarely speaks of Presbytery , because it does not exist. Rather, there is :
– Hutu priests from Kabgayi , who are proud and lack of display and call time and cry their innate right to occupy all key functions in what they call ” the diocese ” ” diyosezi yacu in Kinyarwanda )
– originating Tutsi priests of the diocese of Kabgayi which are considered second-class priests and for the most part , carry with them internal injuries due to the consequences of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994
– Particularly Ugandans foreign priests that has no important function in the diocese and have no rights , have no care in the diocese . And awareness and demonstrate that the Bishop does not want them. Example Ugandan priests died from lack of care and attention , while the Bishop knew they had delicate health and they would need special care.
– The missionaries of all kinds priests, who have every reason to keep quiet , they are strictly out of a sense of fear that the Bishop does not show them the exit door and gives them the ticket for the first plane makes return to their country of origin.
III. mismanagement of finances and property of the diocese and embezzlement organizations and benefactors.
The diocese of Kabgayi is probably not the poorest dioceses in Rwanda . On the contrary, if the finances and property of the diocese were managed intelligently and transparently , we would not have the economic and financial difficulties that our diocese today .
Many people , especially our people wonder where your grants organizations and donations of our faithful . Note that the Diocese of Kabgayi recently celebrated 100 years of evangelization . He has had time to consolidate its economic resources by a few works of production and cash flow . Unfortunately this centennial effort should have put the priests and workers in good conditions for pastoral work is about to be ruined by a disastrous property management and finances of the Diocese . In truth, there is no real Council for Economic Affairs. Everything is concentrated in the hands of the Bishop who does not know the difference between personal property and assets of the Diocese . Thrifty and other officials are irresponsible and without extras initiatives simply run awkwardly orders of Bishop. Financial meetings are not held regularly. Credible financial reports are not produced quarterly and annually. There is a notorious inability to correctly fix the annual budget and be followed for better implementation of pastoral and diocesan work . No responsible government , no transparency . This creates a chaos that encourages squandering and embezzlement of property and funds of the Diocese .
Most of the reports made by the Diocese are reconstructed and invented , not having met for donors or term “ghost ” projects whose diocese received the money but were never realized. A simple audit would show unequivocally . This is in case that has revealed an audit of projects financed by organizations and aid agencies as Mission who have claimed the refund unconditionally a large sum of money to build a vocational school and whose nothing has been done. In such a context, it is no wonder that donors and benefactors , disappointed , lose confidence in the leaders of the diocese of Kabgayi and want more help for the realization of his pastoral social work . Simply because of poor management and lack of respect for the agencies funding benefactors . Applications for assistance are being rejected and are constantly challenged and forced to repay the funds not diverted .
Special and intimate with women IV.Relations where several children were born
Holy Father , we come to the crucial problem of Kabgayi diocese and pastor Smaragde Mbonyintege . These are his scandalous relationships with women where many children are born . To this day the priests and the faithful are wondering what this subterfuge important criterion was able to escape the vigilant attention and understanding of those who are responsible for conducting preliminary investigations of nominees to the episcopate ?
Her aunt Soline Christian deeply involved in parish Musumbira ( Diocese of Kabgayi ) is asked the same question and entrusted with indignation to a group of priests of the diocese who asked him if this is told of Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege was true ” Yes, what people tell about children allegedly Bishop Smaragde is true we are members of his family and we all know – . Especially now that they are all major and we need to address the problems of their legacies . And these children have grown up with us with our own children. Today is a Bishop , a great man. this is a great honor for our family, but as a Christian , I sometimes wonder how Rome was able to make a bishop while for us mere ignorant Christians , we have learned that it is forbidden thing I still wonder how we could make a Smaragde Bishop still Kabgayi where this is known to all . ” .
Yes , the thing is well known. And yet everyone is you and some would have preferred even hide the truth , but the story is compelling and fiercely resistant to the ravages of time . And his kids are there and well known.
Holy Father , we give you the names and numbers for your wise and discreet verification:
1.Immaculée MUKARUTESI , born from the union of Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege with Lady Consolata , the wife of his elder brother Jean Baptiste Karenzi .
2.Sophie MUKAMUVUNYI now Secretary for Social Affairs in the Cyeza Sector Cyeza Parish , Diocese of Kabgayi .
3.Florence : Cashier at the Catholic Institute of Kabgayi , born of his marriage with a lady Nyamiyaga when he was a young priest serving in the parish of Kamonyi ( Diocese Kamonyi ) .
4.François MURENZI aka GIKO now executive secretary of the administrative cell Kabugondo , Sector Mugina , in the parish of Mugina .
5.Epimaque NKUNDINTWARI , motherless died during the genocide, today it has been welcomed by the family of Jean Baptiste KARENZI , big brother Monsignor Smaragde .
6.Augustin Mbonyintege , died during the 1994 genocide.
Six children at all well known. They are all major and easily identifiable. A good record for a bishop worthy of being recorded in the periodical ” Guinness ” .
With this offspring and regular claims of their rights to their natural father , it is clear that Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege no longer has the strength and serenity to deal with problems of the diocese of Kabgayi . Can we continue to live irresponsibly this scandalous situation that undermines our mission as priests and flows into the humiliation and shame the whole Christian community . This is too much, too as they say.
After the outrage , today we shout our anger . We do not want later our silence about these serious and shocking facts is interpreted by the Church as complicity or any irresponsibility in this vile condition .
Most Holy Father , to the serious problems plaguing the diocese of Kabgayi six years at both evangelism and institutions of the Diocese , considering the limits of personal character , life and personal history and its effects, its failure to promote the communion of his clergy , the people of God and the nation.
We priests of the diocese of Kabgayi , not hatred or human challenge to the person of Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege , an elder member of our Presbytery and incardinated in the Diocese of Kabgayi , but motivated by pastoral charity and love the Church , strong loyalty to truth and conscious revival Kabgayi , have recourse to your fatherly authority to ask you to meet Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege of his office as Bishop of the Diocese of Kabgayi for his personal property, much of people of God in Kabgayi and the good of all the Church of Rwanda . We would ask you to make your decision wisely but quickly, because the climate is too tight in the diocese and the press might take over, turning in the mud the whole Church.
Sincerely , Most Holy Father, to express our filial feelings your Person and our faithful attachment to the Church of God which you are the universal father.
The priests of the diocese of Kabgayi :
1 . Bishop Alphonse Rutaganda , National Representative for Education
Catholic Rwanda, se
2 . Monsignor Pastor Anaclet , Parish Priest Musumbira , se
3 . Abbot Innocent Buregeya , pastor of the Cathedral Parish Kabgayi se
4 . Father Vincent Kagabo , Rector of the Catholic Institute of Kabgayi se
5. Abbot Theotimus Gatete , Rector of the Minor Seminary St. Leo Kabgayi se
6 . Father Aloys Munyensanga , Parish Priest Kinazi , se
7 . Abbe Pierre Musabyimana Parish Priest Mushishiro , se
8 . Father Jean Bosco Munyangabe , Parish Priest Mugina se
9 . Father Alphonse Munyanziza , pastor of St. Andrew Parish Gitarama , se
10 . Father Mathias Hategekimana, Parish Priest Cyeza , se
11 . Father Vincent Uwizerwa , Parish Priest Byimana se
12 . Abbot Revocatus Sindikubwabo Parish Priest Gihara , se
13. Maniraguha Abbot Joseph Parish Priest Kamonyi se
14. Abbot Damascene Habimana , Parish Priest Kibangu , se
15 . Abbot Valens Ndayisaba Parish Priest Kayanzi , se
16. Father Aloys Hakizimana Parish Priest Kivumu se
17. Father Emmanuel Sindayigaya , Parish Priest Nyarusange , se
18 . Father Eric Karamuka , Parish Priest Ntarabana , se
19. Father Vincent Habyarimana , Parish Priest Nzuki , se
20 . Father Silas Ngerero , Parish Priest Karambi se
21. Abbot Chrysanthe Rwasa Parish Priest Ruhango se
22. Father Romuald Kubwimana , Parish Priest Kigoma se
23. Father Yves Emmanuel Rucamumakuba , Parish Priest Ngamba , se
24 . Father Jean Berchmans Gasasira Parish Priest Nyabinyenga , se
25 . Father Jean Bosco Bizimana , Parish Priest Nyabinoni , se
26.Father Uwigaba John Baptist , pastor of the Paroise Kabuga , se
27. Father Edmond Hategekimana, Parish Priest Kanyanza , se
Copy for information to:
– His Eminence the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for
Evangelization of Peoples, Rome.
– His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio Monsignor Rwanda -Kigali
All – Catholic Bishops of Rwanda
– All Catholic Bishops ACEAC
– All the Bishops of SECAM
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