VATICAN CITY (CNS): Rwanda’s Catholic bishops have criticised a government report that lays fresh blame on the Catholic Church for complicity in the nation’s 1994 genocide.
“There are deplorable and painful errors in the report, as serious and grave accusations are made that have no basis in factual truth,” the bishops wrote in a letter dated July 26.
The August 21 edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, translated and published the letter, which was signed by the head of the Rwandan bishops’ conference, Archbishop Thaddee Ntihinyurwa of Kigali, and bishops from Rwanda’s eight other dioceses.
The bishops said their letter was addressed to the report’s authors with the aim of highlighting “some mistakes in need of correction”.
The bishops rebutted accusations that the Catholic Church spread genocidal ideas, protected people guilty of genocide and ordained mostly Hutu priests.