Most Rev. Stephen Mamza has several religious leaders have misplaced their credibility by delving into politics for whatever gain they seek through it.
The cleric also said what many church leaders are saying showed that they had gone beyond the limit their followers expect of them.
He said, “The problem we have is that we have hungry religious leaders. Those that are not there for the service of God but because of their pockets. If not, why should a religious leader allow the politician to control him. The cleric is supposed to be the leader of the politician and not the other way around, as we can see.
“We (clerics) are supposed to form the conscience of the politicians. But in a situation where due to material things, we cede this position to them, then we’ll lose our credibility. The problem that we have today with religious leaders is that many of them have lost their credibility because they dabbled into politics.
“I can give example with the Catholic church. The Catholic church has rules and regulations. But there are many other religious bodies that do not have guiding principles. These are the ones that allow their religious leaders to go into politics and they go beyond the limits that are acceptable.”