Government practice demonstrated a preference for the Catholic and Reformed Churches. Catholic masses were a normal part of all major ceremonial functions, such as the October 12 National Day and the President’s Birthday June 5. Catholic leaders occasionally had public meetings with government officials, the only religious leaders to do so.
The application and approval process for registration sometimes took several years, but delays were reportedly due to bureaucratic inefficiency rather than policy. The government more rapidly approved applications by groups providing beneficial social programs, such as health projects or schools. The government enforced registration requirements inconsistently. The government rarely levied fines but periodically announced that unregistered religious groups were subject to fines or closure and should register as soon as possible.
Although the government required that religious groups obtain permission for any activities outside of places of worship, in practice this did not prevent religious groups from holding retreats and other meetings. Door-to-door proselytism occurred without incident.
Protestant groups, including the Reformed Church, Seventh-day Adventists, Assemblies of God, Baptists, and evangelical groups, continued to operate primary and secondary schools without government hindrance.
Some non-Catholic clergy, who also worked for the government as civil servants, continued to report that their supervisors strongly encouraged participation in religious activities related to their government positions, including attending Catholic masses.