ECSA Bulletin

The Grand Inquisitor, The Fighting Priest
by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
Lent 1971
14 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The “Grand Inquisitor” refers to Theunis Jacobus Swanepoel, Lieutenant Colonel in the South African Police, who is in charge of interrogating people suspected of 'terrorism'. The “Fighting Priest” is The Very Rev. Gonville Aubie ffrench-Beytagh, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin in Johannesburg. Bishop Zulu referred to is the Right Rev. Alphaeus H. Zulu, Anglican Bishop of Zululand. An article reports on the conviction in a Portuguese court of Father Joaquim Pinto de Andrade, an Angolan Roman Catholic priest and former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Luanda, and eight other people for supporting the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). The article “Rattlesnake” reports that the chairman of South Africa's Armaments Board says the U.S. is a potential customer for the Cactus ground-to-air radar and missile system developed jointly by South Africa and France. This weapon, called Crotale – Rattlesnake, is being tested by the U.S. Army at the White Sands proving grounds. Contents: Terror in South Africa • Bishop Zulu arrested • Dean ffrench-Beytagh • Send a Churchpeople's Emissary to South Africa for the Trial of Dean ffrench-Beytagh beginning 28 May 1971 and to Hearten All Those There Making the Christian Witness • March 21 - Anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre - 1960, May They Rest in Peace and Not Be Forgotten • Rattlesnake • The Suppression of Communism Act • A Resolution of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting at Limuru, Kenya, 20 miles from Nairobi, 23 February - 5 March 1971 • Statement of 52 U.S. Senators and Representatives • The trial of 35 South West African men in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, ended on 8 February 1968, with 30 of the men receiving prison terms. • The Trial of Dean Gonville Aubie ffrench-Beytagh - 26 February 1971 • Statement Adopted by the Council of the Diocese of New York
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections