Material support of the local church by its own christian faithful: a case study of the diocese of bunia in the democratic republic of congo
BY ITS OWN CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL:
A CASE STUDY OF THE DIOCESE OF BUNIA IN THE
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Rev. Dr. LONEMA DZ'DJO FABIEN
Professeur de Droit Canonique à CUEA (The Catholic University of Eastern Africa) à Nairobi - Kenya depuis 2001. Il est le Chef de Départment de Droit Canonique depuis 2008. Rev. Dr. LONEMA DZ'DJO FABIEN est prêtre du Diocèse de Bunia au nord-est de la République Démocratique du Congo. Il est docteur en droit canonique (2004) et en droit civil (2005). Il a fait ses études de doctorat à l'université pontificale de Latran à Rome.
1. The Purpose of the Thesis
The purpose of this study is to stimulate all the Christian faithful to take effective action to support their Church. They must be made aware of their duty to bear the full responsibility of the needs of their Church with regard to personnel and material life. The Christian faithful have to be trained and taught to make that support efficient. This work seeks to be a contribution to that mobilisation.
2. The Rationale of the Thesis
The rationale behind the choice of this topic is that very little effort has been made to change the mentality of dependence in which the Christian faithful were brought up in the Diocese of Bunia. Effective action towards the support of the Church by the Christian faithful is in an early stage. The Christian faithful must be concerned with providing realistic support to the Church. This is not a free option, but a qualifying requirement for those who declare themselves to be Christians. It is not a matter of a mere spontaneous and occasional “charity”, but rather it is an issue of the just and adequate response to faith.
Moreover, the support of the Church is a great contribution towards the Church’s self-reliance. This is a need and a request that the Holy See and the Conference of Bishops of Congo are very much insisting on today. Considering the progress of the