The scourge of gender-based violence is to be curbed in parishes and communities, vowed, President of the Catholic Men’s Forum, Mothusi Mogari.
This was said during an intergenerational gathering of men of the Archdiocese took place at the Cathedral on 25 May. Mothusi’s address focused on the theme: “Men’s response to mitigate violence against women and children, let us galvanise to end violence against women and children”.
Following his presentation on the theme, he then posed the question as to why Catholic men’s silence on gender-based violence was deafening.
With this, he announced that the agenda for the year will be to curb the scourge in their parishes and communities.
Acid burn survivor, Ines Antonio, related her harrowing tale of abuse, first, at the hands of family members and then of her partner who disfigured her face and torso.
Her address moved attendees as some kept dabbing their eyes with handkerchiefs.
On behalf of Catholic men, Carlos Camara apologised for the hurt that she has undergone and that they had been unable to protect her. Although he was emotional, he sought to comfort her as he embraced her, assuring her that her worth could never be taken by any man.
Fr Raymond McQuarrie M.Afr encouraged men to live out their own priesthood in the domestic church of their families and to strive for unity.
At midday, preceded by the Angelus, the forum had holy hour as they adored, worshipped and gave thanks to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. This was led by Fr Boshom Mpetsheni and Br Limpho Maoela.
They prayed for other men and people in authority such as the Pope, our bishops, priests and Cyril Ramaphosa who was being inaugurated as president of the country on the day.
Odilon Molapo head of the Department of Evangelisation, said CMF is for every man in the parish irrespective of affiliation. He expressed the need for men to understand and support Archbishop Buti