African Cardinal: Blessings for Same-Sex Couples ‘Western Imperialism’

In a March 17 interview with the French-language Catholic television channel KTO, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, the president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), said that African Catholics still believe in the biblical prohibition of homosexual practice as an “abomination.”

On December 18, 2023, the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a declaration titled Fiducia Supplicans reversing a longstanding ban on blessings for gay couples, a move that provoked widespread opposition among Africa’s Catholics.

“The African continent lived and experienced the document Fiducia Supplicans as cultural colonization, as a sort of Western imperialism on the cultural plane,” said Cardinal Ambongo, who is on Pope Francis team of nine advisors.

“The practices considered normal in the West were being imposed on another people, which explains the virulence of Africa’s reaction,” the cardinal said, noting that “our people felt wounded in their faith.”

“It was a form of cultural imperialism and the Africans saw behind Fiducia Supplicans the will to impose on Africa the practices of the West,” he added.

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