Recent guerrilla activity in Rhodesia has prompted condemnation from top Rhodesian churchmen. The country's two?
GV Bishop Muzorewa residence with bishop walking in grounds (2 shots)
CU Sign "bishop's Mount"
SCU Muzorewa talks to reporter
CU Sign: "Bishop's Mount, The Rt. Rev. J.P. Burrough"
CU Bishop Burrough speaking
REPORTER: "What do you think the answer is, then, to the question of the terrorist problems?"
BISHOP MUZOREWA: "I believe that the main problem is the situation we find ourselves in, in our country, and I believe that the answer is to remove the cause of what you call terrorism. And once that is done, and I believe it can be done by reasoning together as children and citizens of one country, and I believe that nobody would continue to do the kind of things which we find in our borders. After all, these people are both citizens, black and white, of this country, who should be living together side by side and work side by side and go to school side by side in harmonious living, and they have no business to be fighting each other in Zambesi Valley."
BISHOP BURROUGH: "I and my brother Bishop are totally opposed to the fact that a special fund - to which we do not subscribe - a special fund has been set up which does send money to FRELIMO, to ZANU, ZAPU, PIG and other terrorist groups which .... the money which is supposed to be used only for welfare purposes but which is in great danger of at least giving strong moral support to them. My brother Bishop and I have taken a very hard side kick at this in the last few days, because in Rhodesia we have had terrorists bursting across our borders shooting up farmhouses with small children - I've seen them myself in hospital - and setting fire to the houses of innocent African local people. I've lived in many parts of the world and I haven't yet lived in a just society, I'm sorry to say, in this sad world and we haven't got one in Rhodesia. But, then, nor have they got one up there in Zambia or Uganda or Russia or Great Britain. But, in the Christian Church, we have got to work partly towards one, and accept our own guilt that the world is unjust because each one of us fails to act with real justice and love and understanding. And, it sounds a paradox, but I think we both work towards this great ideal but know it is almost beyond man's power to attain."
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Background: Recent guerrilla activity in Rhodesia has prompted condemnation from top Rhodesian churchmen. The country's two Anglican Bishops protested to the World Council of Churches about its support for movements likely to use violence to further their aims.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church followed their counterparts in condemning violence.
This VISNEWS film includes interviews with Bishop Abel Muzorewa, head of the United Methodist Church, and the Right Reverend Paul Burrough, the Anglican Bishop of Mashonaland.
SYNOPSIS: Churchmen in Rhodesia have reacted to recent guerrilla activity, including machine gun attacks on farms near the Zambia border. Bishop Abel Muzorewa, head of the country's United Metodist Church, is also head of the African National Council, which is against violence to achieve political aims.