That in implementing Community Development, the State shall not itself interfere with, or encourage interference with, the legitimate activities of the Church.
That the State shall not support, even indirectly, any plan which may involve an invitation or a suggestion to the people of this country to restrict the rights of the Church unduly, or to minimise in any way its influence.
That, in implementing the policy of Community Development, the Christian character of schools shall not suffer. N.B. The Bishops believe that this Christian character of the schools can only be maintained if the schools remain under the tutelage of the Church, in such manner that the teachers be appointed and supervised by the appropriate religious denomination.
That the furtherance of the policy of Community Development, the rights of parents be recognised and respected, and specifically, where the numbers justify it, that parents be permitted to have confessional schools acceptable to their conscience.
That such denominational schools be not denied an equal share of public monies for their continued efficient functioning and development, i.e. that the individual be not penalised for his religious convictions.
That under the policy of Community Development, the rights of lawful subsidiary communities, established by free association, be recognised and respected, and be not abolished, unnecessarily restricted, or violated with impunity by a kind of totalitarian power vested in the Local Government Authority. Specifically, that when subsidiary communities are willing and able to perform efficiently functions which promote the common good, such communities be not deprived of this activity by a more powerful authority.
That Community Development be not permitted to promote of bring about Separate Development, and that within the nation there shall not be permitted to arise through government legislation or departmental regulation, permanent racial or tribal divisions.
That the over-all authority of the State shall not be placed in jeopardy or endangered in its efficient functioning by undue autonomy assumed by or vested in Local Government Authorities.
That the creation of Local Government Authorities shall not be permitted to infringe the natural right of the individual to freedom of movement and freedom of association.
That in implementing the policy of Community Development, every care shall be taken to promote equality of opportunity for all, and an equitable distribution of public services of uniformly high standard.
That there shall be no attempt made by or approved by the State, directly or indirectly, to take over church property or to promote the forcible alienation of such property by any authority whatsoever.
We refer specifically to churches, schools, hospitals, clinics, homes for the aged and infirm, orphanages, institutes for disabled children, etc., which have been established by the Church for all sections of the community at the cost of many millions of pounds. We presume that Community Development is to be applied equally to all races.
N.B. In this connection we would welcome a categorical denial that it is intended by the State to appropriate such property, permit its forced expropriation, or so act as to render its existence redundant. This assurance we consider most just because of the enormous contribution to education made by the Church in this country, and most urgent in view of a statement attributed to the Secretary for African Education and reported as follows in the Bulawayo Chronicle, 19 June, 1963: “The machinery for taking over church schools will be found in the local government council structure”.