Nuns Certainly Not Undermined
From Sr Marianne Tieber FIC, Middelburg – I am delighted reading the statement by Sr Hermenegild Makoro CPS in connection with the issue of deaconesses (May 25). I too worked with different bishops and diocesan administrators without ever having been “undermined”.
On the contrary, the late Bishop Paul Mogale Nkhumishe, then of Witbank, once told someone that he had not expected to be treated so well by me as he was!
What a statement, since he had asked that I become his secretary and we, as a religious community, first even declined.
I asked myself, what did he actually expect? Could experiences with some white people have made him anticipate that whites just have to display superiority as time goes by?
I actually doubt that, because in my 12 years working in his office I never heard him making a general negative remark about whites.
All in all, I am grateful to him for his example and to Sr Hermenegild for hers.