RELATIONSHIP OF THE MOVEMENT WITH THE CHURCH
How is your relationship with the Bishops’ conferences?
- We are not consulted as a movement in the decision-making of the episcopal conference. But we work together with the Diocesan Council of the Laity.
- We are recognized by the Episcopal Conference (Commission Apostolate of the Laity-Family and Life-Youth).
- No recognized framework except a relationship with certain dioceses.
- The relationship with the episcopal conference is cordial. We are recognized by the episcopal conference through the pastoral and lay commission. We participate in the meetings of the National Commission of the Laity, although in a limited way. The relationship could be strengthened.
- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, MIIC works as a Catholic Action Movement within the Episcopal Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity (CEAL). Since MIIC does not have a chaplain at a national level, the Abbot Secretary of the CEAL is often available to accompany us during our activities (Mass, Session, Workshop, Recollection, Visit, etc.).
- Generally very good. Only one bishop is reluctant to introduce the movement in his diocese. But what encourages us is that this bishop is already at retirement age now.
- The MIIC Pax Romana Togo is a member of the Federation of Diocesan Council Offices (FBCD) of associations, movements, orders, and choirs under the coordination of the Father Director of the Diocesan Directorate of Lomé Works (DDOL). Through the DDOL, at the beginning of each new pastoral year, the Archbishop receives us within the FBCD for the vows and the annual exchanges as members of the laity.
- We are yet to inform Bishops of our movement and seek their fatherly guidance. However, a request was put forward to the regional office to send us a letter of introduction which we believe would aid us get there faster and smoother.
- There is still a gap since the movement is only known by a few individuals.
- Our relations are good and we have the National Pastoral coordinator as a Patron.
- Very cordial since the 80s, but we lost touch after 1999. In recent times, we met with the President in 2020, at the National Catholic Secretariat, and at 2022 SECAM meeting in Accra.
- Our relationship with the Bishops’ Conference is good.