A researcher, Gasigwa Léopold, who produced a documentary film detailing how the relation of Catholic church and its members played a role in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi and what the church is required of to provide justice to victims, has said that the apology of the church should be more detailed and involve other elements left out.
Talking to IGIHE he said that the church is known for Christianity, wealth and a breed of intellectuals of which combination creates a potential to get its voice heard by the masses.
In a message of marking the end of year of Jubilee of Mercy, the Catholic Church apologized on behalf of its members that participated in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi through the statement signed by nine bishops.
“Even though the church sent no body to do harm, we, the Catholic clerics in particular, apologize, again, for some of the church members, clerics, people who dedicated themselves to serve God and Christians in general who played a role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,” reads part of the statement.
Gasigwa says that the apology is incomplete since it didn’t identify names of people it apologized on behalf of.
“I grew up in catholic church till the age of 18. They taught me that when you commit an offense against someone, you ask for forgiveness and repent before God to be followed by penitence,” (Gutanga Icyiru)”he said.
Gasigwa says the church should also do the same as it teaches Christians and pay the compensation as it asks ‘Icyiru.’
He says that the church should apologize to the government of Rwanda, genocide survivors and souls of genocide victims since its doctrines teach that the soul still exists after a person’s death.
Gasigwa also said that the church should be precise with how it will avail justice to particular genocide victims under its judiciary systems.