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Genocide in Rwanda : complicity of the churches?
Rittner, Carol, 1948-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Newark, Notts., U.K. : Aegis ; St. Paul, Minn. : Paragon House, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiii, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Part I: The church and power -- Religion and the Rwandan genocide : some preliminary considerations / Hubert G. Locke -- Genocide in Rwanda 1994 : an Anglican perspective / Roger W. Bowen -- The church and the genocide in Rwanda / Octave Ugirashebuja -- The church and power : responses to genocide and massive human rights abuses in comparative perspective / Jerry Fowler -- Part II: The church and people -- The failure to confront evil : a collective responsibility, a personal reflection / Charles Petrie -- Rwanda, 100 days, 1994 : one perspective / Marie Julianne Farrington -- Memory never forgets miracles / Philippe Gaillard -- The church and the Rwandan tragedy of 1994 : a personal view / Marie Césarie Mukarwego -- Part III: The church and responsibility -- Genocide and the church in Rwanda : an interview with Tom O'Hara, C.S.C. / Carol Rittner -- The Christian churches and the construction of a genocidal mentality in Rwanda / Matthias Bjørnlund ... [et. al.] -- The Rwandan genocide and the British religious press : Roman Catholic, Anglican and Baptist / Margaret Brearley -- Churches as memorial sites : a photo essay / James M. Smith and Carol Rittner -- Part IV: The church and complicity? -- From Kibeho to Medjugorje : the Catholic Church and ethno-nationalist movements and regimes / Léon D. Saur -- The church's blind eye to genocide in Rwanda / Tom Ndahiro -- Two convicted Rwandan nuns / Martin (François) Neyt -- Why the churches were complicit : confessions of a broken-hearted Christian / David P. Gushee -- Epilogue: what should be remembered? / John K. Roth.
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In 1994, genocide put Rwanda on the map for most of the world. It also exposed one of the most shameful scandals of the Rwandan churches-the complicity of the Christian churches in the genocide. Rwanda is the most Christian country in Africa. More than 90% of its people are baptized Christians, with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches having the greatest number of adherents. According to Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "The story of Rwanda shows both sides of our humanity. The churches were sometimes quite superb in what they did in the face of intimidation and at great cost to themselves. But there were other times when [they] failed dismally and seemed to be implicated in ways that have left many disillusioned, disgruntled and angry." Genocide In Rwanda provides a variety of perspectives through which to assess the complex questions and issues surrounding the topic, and, even raise some new questions that could provide some new insight into this historical event. They are questions we must ask - otherwise, how can the Church begin to make moral restitution, change structures and behaviors, and once again reveal the human face of God in our fragile world?

Author Notes

Carol Rittner, R.S.M. is distinguished professor of Holocaust Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the editor or coeditor of a number of books, including "The Holocaust & the Christian World". She is the executive producer of two films, one of which, "The Courage to Care", was nominated for a 1986 Academy Award in the Short Documentary category.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Rittner (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) and coeditors offer an invaluable volume of essays, interviews, reflections, and letters on the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Contributors include scholars, educators, church officials, and some eyewitnesses. To outside observers, genocide itself is profoundly disturbing. Most troubling, though, is the outright complicity of large numbers of the Rwandan churches' clergy. That some clergy would offer their houses of worship as a sanctuary for Tutsi families trying to hide from their Hutu tormentors, and then give the Hutu genocidaires the precise location of those so hidden, is a monstrosity impossible to reconcile with the teachings and mission of the Rwandan churches. Rwanda is the "most Christian country" in Africa, an irony not lost on the book's contributors. As the editors indicate, the Tanzanian-based ad hoc UN Tribunal is prosecuting a significant number of Rwandan church officials for their part in the genocide. This book includes a historical chronology of events in Rwanda leading to the genocide; scholarly head notes to each section; a copy of both the Genocide Convention and the UN charter for the prosecution of Rwandan genocidaires; brief resumes of the volume's contributors; and an excellent bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. A. S. Rosenbaum Cleveland State University