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Genocide in Rwanda : complicity of the churches? /
edited by Carol Rittner, John K. Roth, Wendy Whitworth.
imprint
St. Paul, Minn. : Paragon House, 2004.
description
xiii, 319 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1557788375 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
St. Paul, Minn. : Paragon House, 2004.
isbn
1557788375 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
"Videography": p. 289-291.
catalogue key
5236560
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-298) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
Rittner (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) and coeditors offer an invaluable volume of essays, interviews, reflections, and letters on the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Contributors include scholars, educators, church officials, and some eyewitnesses. To outside observers, genocide itself is profoundly disturbing. Most troubling, though, is the outright complicity of large numbers of the Rwandan churches' clergy. That some clergy would offer their houses of worship as a sanctuary for Tutsi families trying to hide from their Hutu tormentors, and then give the Hutu genocidaires the precise location of those so hidden, is a monstrosity impossible to reconcile with the teachings and mission of the Rwandan churches. Rwanda is the "most Christian country" in Africa, an irony not lost on the book's contributors. As the editors indicate, the Tanzanian-based ad hoc UN Tribunal is prosecuting a significant number of Rwandan church officials for their part in the genocide. This book includes a historical chronology of events in Rwanda leading to the genocide; scholarly head notes to each section; a copy of both the Genocide Convention and the UN charter for the prosecution of Rwandan genocidaires; brief resumes of the volume's contributors; and an excellent bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. A. S. Rosenbaum Cleveland State University
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
In 1994, genocide put Rwanda on the map for most of the world. It also exposed one of the most shameful scandals of the Rwandan churches'the complicity of the Christian churches in the genocide. These are strong words to use when speaking about an institution committed to preaching and practicing Jesus? ?two great commandments?Thou shalt love the Lord your God with your whole heart and mind, and thou shalt love your neighbor as yourself'and yet, they need to be said. Why? Because Rwanda is the most Christian country in Africa. More than 90% of its people are baptized Christians, with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches having the greatest number of adherents (65% and 20% respectively). According to Hugh McCullum, a journalist who has written about the 1994 genocide, ?The genocide shook the very foundation of the churches: none remained without blood on its hands.' According to Archbishop Desmond, ?The story of Rwanda shows both sides of our humanity. The churches were sometimes quite superb in what they did in the face of intimidation and at great cost to themselves. But there were other times when [they] failed dismally and seemed to be implicated in ways that have left many disillusioned, disgruntled and angry with the churches and their leadership, Many have been alienated and feel badly betrayed.'
Unpaid Annotation
In 1994, genocide put Rwanda on the map for most of the world. It also exposed one of the most shameful scandals of the Rwandan churches--the complicity of the Christian churches in the genocide. Genocide in Rwanda: Complicity of the Churches provides a variety of perspectives through which to assess the complex questions and issues surrounding the topic, and, even raise some new questions that could provide some new insight into this historical event. Contributors have tried to face as carefully, sensitively, and honestly as possible some of the questions about the Church and 1994 genocide in Rwanda many have been asking in the media, and in other places as well. For example, Why were priests ethno-biased? Why did the churches allow clerics to preach ethno-hatred? Did they? What about the nuns and priests who assisted in the killing of Tutsis? Did the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope or the Vatican or did the Church of England--the two Christian denominations with the largest number of adherents--speak out against them? Did the Church protect, reprimand, punish, excommunicate their adherents--clergy, religious, and lay--who were genocidaires before, during, and after the 1994 genocide? Do the Churches have a moral duty to engage in tikkun olam, healing, and repair? If so, how? If not, why not? These, are only some of the questions, and they are questions we must ask for the sake of the future. Otherwise, how can the Church, its members, and its leadership begin to make moral restitution, begin to change structures and behaviors, and once again reveal the human face of God in our fragile world?
Long Description
In 1994, genocide put Rwanda on the map for most of the world. It also exposed one of the most shameful scandals of the Rwandan churches-the complicity of the Christian churches in the genocide. Rwanda is the most Christian country in Africa. More than 90% of its people are baptized Christians, with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches having the greatest number of adherents. According to Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "The story of Rwanda shows both sides of our humanity. The churches were sometimes quite superb in what they did in the face of intimidation and at great cost to themselves. But there were other times when [they] failed dismally and seemed to be implicated in ways that have left many disillusioned, disgruntled and angry." Genocide In Rwanda provides a variety of perspectives through which to assess the complex questions and issues surrounding the topic, and, even raise some new questions that could provide some new insight into this historical event. They are questions we must ask - otherwise, how can the Church begin to make moral restitution, change structures and behaviors, and once again reveal the human face of God in our fragile world?>
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Chronologyp. 5
The church and powerp. 23
Raising voicesp. 25
Religion and the Rwandan genocide : some preliminary considerationsp. 27
Genocide in Rwanda 1994 - an Anglican perspectivep. 37
The church and the genocide in Rwandap. 49
The church and power : responses to genocide and massive human rights abuses in comparative perspectivep. 65
The church and peoplep. 79
A small country no morep. 81
The failure to confront evil - a collective responsibility : a personal reflectionp. 83
Rwanda - 100 Days - 1994 : one perspectivep. 93
Memory never forgets miraclesp. 111
The church and the Rwandan tragedy of 1994 : a personal viewp. 117
The church and responsibilityp. 127
The abyss of horrorp. 129
Genocide and the church in Rwanda : an interview with Tom O'Hara, C.S.C.p. 131
The Christian churches and the construction of a genocidal mentality in Rwandap. 141
The Rwandan genocide and the British religious press - Roman Catholic, Anglican and Baptistp. 169
Churches as memorial sites : a photo essayp. 181
The church and complicity?p. 207
Nothing guaranteedp. 209
From kibeho to medjugorje : the Catholic church and ethno-nationalist movements and regimesp. 211
The church's blind eye to genocide in Rwandap. 229
Two convicted Rwandan nunsp. 251
Why the churches were complicit : confessions of a broken-hearted Christianp. 259
Epilogue : what should be remembered?p. 269
Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocidep. 279
Statute of the international tribunal for Rwandap. 281
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