“Is the blood of tribalism deeper than the water of baptism?”
Fr. Emmanuel Katongole, who teaches at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, asked that question Monday in Chicago. He was at Catholic Theological Union to give the 2014 Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Lecture on Mission and Culture, entitled “On Learning to Betray One’s People: The Gospel and a Culture of Peace in Africa.”
Katongole is a priest of the archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda. He holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven), Belgium, one of the theological centers of Europe. In 1994, while Katongole was studying at KU, the Rwandan genocide began.
In the context of the Rwandan civil war, members of the Hutu majority undertook a mass murder of Tutsi and moderate Hutu. In three months, from April through July, between half a million and one million people died. The slaughter shook Katongole to the core. Continue reading