A Pastoral Letter of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference
Dear Brothers, Sisters, and all People of good will,
The blessings of Christ, the King of the universe be with you. We, the Catholic Bishops of Tanzania, write to you this pastoral letter with the theme: "Good Conscience, the Vision of our Nation." We are motivated to write this letter by our obligation of defending, preaching and teaching human values which show our respect as human beings and also praise the Creator of our humanity.
The Episcopal Conference of Tanzania is duty-bound to insure the intactness of the deposit of faith of the Catholic Church, taking into account the signs of the times. That is why, having presented to you our letter, "Official Statement on Religious Blasphemies" and "The Truth will set you Free", we are again writing to you.
The purpose of this pastoral letter is to help people understand the reality of our present situation, know the problems and their underlying causes; help people know their individual as well as community rights, seek ways and draw up strategies which will enable them to obtain, defend and preserve their rights.
The aim of this letter is to contribute to building up rather than tearing down our Nation.
I. The Actual Situation