Election dangers are facing Africa and Asia
THE increasing dangers for the Catholic Church in countries still enjoying parliamentary rule is underlined in a number of reports, received this week from Africa and Asia.
From Khartoum, capital of the Sudan. where the first general election was held last Thursday and Friday, Fr. Patrick O'Connor warns of the danger that the new republic may find itself denying democratic rights for minorities which include more than 200.000 Sudanese Catholics.
Election results are not expected for some days. Candidates for the House of
Representatives include two
Sudanese Catholic priests, Fr. Saturnino and Fr. Adelino, members of Sudan's Southern tribes, Sudanese Catholics want to see minority, rights written into the permanent Constitution, but they know from recent experience that this may not protect them in practice, even if it is obtained.
The Prime Minister, giving an interview to a British journalist recently, accused Catholic missionaries of interfering in politics because some of them gave their support to Christian candidates in general without naming individual candidates,