Northern African Bishops’ Conference Endorses Blessings For Homosexual ‘Couples’

A split has emerged in Africa as bishops’ conferences in the north of the continent announced they will offer blessings for same-sex couples, ignoring an earlier statement from the head of all the bishops’ conferences of Africa and Madagascar ruling out such blessings.

“When people in an irregular situation come together to ask for a blessing, we can give it provided that it does not cause confusion for the interested parties themselves or for others,” declared the bishops’ conference of the north region of African (CERNA).

Penned January 15, the statement came from CERNA’s president Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, along with bishops from the region. The bishops stated, regarding Fiducia Supplicans, that:

… when a person individually asks for a blessing, with the corresponding heart disposition, he will be given it. When people in an irregular situation come together to ask for a blessing, we can give it provided that it does not cause confusion for the interested parties themselves or for others.

Such a statement comes in direct opposition to the January 11 letter sent by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and Archbishop of Kinshasa.

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