The Catholic Church has always maintained a central role in the DRC, yet in recent months it has found itself increasingly involved in the country's ongoing political crisis.

Since the National Bishops Conference of Congo (CENCO)'s success in mediating negotiations between Kabila and the opposition Rassemblement coalition group in December 2016, the Church has been increasingly outspoken in its disproval of Kabila's attempts to prolong his stay in power. CENCO itself has released two public statements criticising the "continuing deterioration of the economic, security and humanitarian situation, as well as the political impasse", urging the public to "stand up" and "take [their] destiny into their own hands", while calling on Kabila to respect the agreement and organise elections before December 2017 (CENCO, 23.06.2017).

Following the electoral commission's decision to postpone these planned elections until December 2018, the Lay Coordination Committee (CLC) reiterated CENCO's appeal for Kabila to publicly declare that he would indeed step down as promised. After their calls were ignored, the CLC called on the Congolese public to participate in a peaceful protest on 31st December 2017 (Human Rights Watch, 19.01.2018), followed by another on 21st January 2018.

Tensions between the Church and the government are rising fast, but despite its authority among the public, the Catholic Church has displayed little real political influence.