Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:26 - Updated Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:47
Religious leaders defend restrictions in pastoral work
Huambo - Religious leaders in the central Huambo Province want the future law on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Cult to state that for one to be allowed to function as a pastor must have a course on Theology.
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Huambo: Methodist Church pastor, Euclides dos Santos
Photo: VALENTINO YEQUENHA
Interviewed by ANGOP last Tuesday, on the fringes of the Cabinet Council meeting that analysed the draft-law on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Cult – a meeting chaired by President João Lourenço – the clerics said that the lack of some restrictions in the access to pastoral work is behind the phenomenon of churches and religious sects proliferation.
Pastor Euclides dos Santos, from the Methodist Church, stated that many that call themselves pastor and are at the helm of a religious group are fakes, since many of them do not promote the gospel of peace, social justice and love for humanity.
Lack of theological training, he said, has contributed to the appearance of situations that harm families, reason why the law must be strict in regard to the pastoral activity.
Seventh Day Adventist Church reverend Manuel Filipe da Silva said that the real role of the church is being distorted by pastors who have no academic training.
JOSAFAT church bishop Yuri Paulino said “pastoral ministry is a vocation that demands theological training (...)”, adding that the church has a crucial role in pacifying the minds, educating and sensitising the citizens to adopt high standards of behaviour in society.
All of the interviewed clerics agreed that the activity of a pastor must be carried out in strict observance of ethical, moral and spiritual principles, and by avoiding fundamentalism.
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