President Peter Mutharika yesterday commended the Catholic Church for being the country’s moral compass, saying he will count on it to teach Malawians old ways of believing in truth as opposed to relying on social media, which some people are using to mislead others.
The President said this at Zomba Catholic Secondary School ground during consecration of Rev Fr George Desmond Tambala as bishop of Zomba Diocese, which was presided over by Papal envoy for Malawi and Zambia Archbishop Julio Murat.
“You are the people to heal the national spirit as the church guardian of morality,” said the President.
He cautioned Malawians against spreading sensitive rumours and lies against authorities and citizens through social media.
Also present at the colourful ceremony were all Catholic bishops in Malawi and some from Zambia, Bishop Brighton Malasa of Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire, former president Bakili Muluzi, Vice-President Saulosi Chilima, Cabinet ministers and hundreds of priests from all dioceses in Malawi and some from Zambia.
In his homily based on scriptures on Exodus 3: 1-6 and Luke 5: 1-11, chairperson of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Archbishop Thomas Msusa, said God’s ways are different from those of human beings.
Said Msusa: “What the human mind despises is what God chooses to lead his people with. This is true of our candidate, but God had already chosen him to serve the church of Zomba.
“God has His own plans and ways of administering His flock. Although human minds doubt the choices of God, His choices are always wiser than the human minds and this is being fulfilled today through the consecration of Fr. George Tambala to be the Bishop of Zomba.”
He then urged the new bishop to go and preach the word of God without fear. He also asked him to take care and collaborate with the clergy and the religious of Zomba Diocese who had been eagerly waiting for a shepherd for the past two years. He also asked him to support the lay faithful in their spiritual needs.
Various guests, including the President, Muluzi, the Vice-President, Cabinet ministers, bishops, priests and the faithful from all walks of life presented gifts to the newly consecrated bishop. n