Ivory Coast Bishops Conference Asks Priests to Refrain from Blessing Same-Sex Couples

”We your Archbishops and Bishops, your spiritual guides of the Catholic Church in Côte d’Ivoire, reaffirm our attachment to the values ​​of the family, of the sacrament of marriage between a man and a woman, as God has intended since the beginning. We therefore ask ordained Ministers to refrain from blessings of same-sex couples and couples in an irregular situation.”, declared Mgr Marcellin Yao Kouadio president of the conference of bishops of the Catholic Church of Cote d’Ivoire .

The spiritual guide who spoke in Yamoussoukro, this Wednesday, December 27, 2023 on the feast of Saint John the Evangelist called all of Christ’s faithful to prayer, serenity and trust in God.

According to the president of the conference of bishops of the Catholic Church of Cote d’Ivoire, knowing the culture of ”our people strongly attached to the values ​​arising from natural law in matters of marriage and family, we note that the reception of this possibility given by the Fiducia Supplicans Declaration to bless same-sex couples is problematic in our ecclesial context.” And added that ”This offends our ancestral and cultural values, and gives the impression that our Church approves and encourages an intrinsically bad reality, unnatural and contrary to our habits and customs.”

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