AT THE start of his ministry, Jesus said: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. because he has chosen meta bring good news to the poor. liberty to captives, sight to the blind and to set free the oppressed."
We as Christians must continue this task. And yet many of our dioceses have investment in oppressive countries like South Africa. And the South African Government is recognised by the world to be evil in its system of apartheid. This system is oppressive and unjust-. And the South African ruling minority will go to any length to uphold the present imbalance of power and wealth.
The United Nations has condemned the state police in South Africa for its methods of control as being inhuman. And has named members of the South African Police as responsible for horrible atrocities and torture.
Amnesty International has shown much evidence of torture and imprisonment without trial of black Africans who object to apartheid. Even school children, taking part in peaceful demonstrations have been shot and killed, and yet despite all this the Catholic Church in this country upholds the regime in South Africa by the investment our Dioceses have in that country.
Cun we as Christians justify the apartheid system and the barbarious way it is upheld. I think not.
PETE BOWLER Derby