08/27/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – More than six months after the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) has taken over Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country is trapped in an ongoing pandemic and intensified fighting between the Tatmadaw and ethnic military groups. The situation is worsening as more than 1,000 civilians have been killed.
Responding to the crisis, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Archbishop of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, has once again publicly called for peace and justice.
In his August 22nd homily, he shared that a government which does not obtain its legitimacy from the people does not get its legitimacy from God. “True power, as Pope Francis has often said, comes from service, not by forcibly imposing power on the innocent,” he said.
Though not naming the power holder, the Archbishop is speaking about the Tatmadaw. “In any just country, the government is not above the people. The government is one eye, the people are the other: two eyes make a vision,” he continued, recalling that “a nation must be built on justice. All the rest is idolatry.”
Trapped in their own idols, Cardinal Bo said these idolaters have stolen the ideal of a nation built on peace and prosperity for all over the past seven decades. A dream has become a nightmare. He then condemned the human suffering following the numerous deaths in the country affected by a coup in the past six months.
Despite Cardinal Bo’s repeated calls for peace and justice, the Tatmadaw continues to terrorize the people of Myanmar with weaponry, disregard human rights, and commit crimes against humanity.
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