4.6 C
New York
Saturday, June 15, 2024

Africans Are ‘Special Case’ in Opposing LGBT Blessings, Pope Francis Says

Date:

Share post:

In a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis addressed the controversy surrounding his approval of same-sex blessings for LGBTQ couples last month, acknowledging the particular challenges faced in Africa.

The pope stated that Africans are a “special case” when it comes to accepting queer persons due to cultural differences. The Vatican’s decision, outlined in the document “Fiducia supplicans,” sparked intense debate within the Catholic Church, with notable resistance coming from African bishops.

Africans Are ‘Special Case’ in Opposing LGBT Blessings, Pope Francis Says

Pope Francis, emphasizing the inclusive nature of the blessings, mentioned that the purpose was to illustrate that the gospel sanctifies everyone. He acknowledged that opposition, particularly from Africa, stems from cultural perspectives on homosexuality, describing it as “something ‘ugly’ from a cultural point of view.”

Also, read; UK to Return Ghana’s “Crown Jewels” 150 Years After Asante Looting

The pope expressed optimism that, over time, acceptance would grow, stating, “But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will reassure themselves on the spirit of the ‘Fiducia supplicans’ statement of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it wants to include, not divide. He invites people to welcome and then entrust people, and entrust themselves, to God.”

Responding to concerns about a potential split within the Church due to these developments, Pope Francis downplayed the issue, mentioning that there were “small groups that manifested reflections of schismatic color” within the Church. He suggested letting go of such divisions and focusing on moving forward.

Pope francisOn a personal note, when asked about his recent health challenges, the 87-year-old pontiff acknowledged some aches and pains but reassured that he is currently doing well. Despite hospitalizations, mobility issues, and canceled trips, Pope Francis remains steadfast in his role as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Related articles

Why the Biden White House Chose Kenya’s President Ruto for Its First State Visit by an African Leader

The Biden administration has selected Kenya for its first state visit by an African leader, citing several compelling...

UK Government Official Claims He Was Deported from Djibouti For Criticizing China

Tim Loughton, a former government minister and Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, alleges he was detained...

Portugal has to “Pay Costs” for its Colonial Past – President

Portugal's President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, delivered a poignant address on Tuesday, acknowledging his country's culpability for crimes...

South Africa Vows to Arrest Any of Its Citizens Fighting in Israel’s Defense

In a bold move that underscores South Africa's solidarity with Palestine, Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor announced that South...