Many people keep wondering and asking how the African Bishops feel about International agencies (like International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stope International) who are inundating Africa with condoms & contraceptives and who are also persistently pushing and lobbying the African leaders to introduce and enact anti-life laws in Africa.
Well, the Nigerian Bishops Conference has recently released a powerful document in which they speak up unanimously and unequivocally for Life and Dignity(in the section5 of the document).
This is the immutable position of Africa in the words of the Bishops…
The following statement was excerpted from the Communiqué entitled Our Faith Commitment in Action, released at the end of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on September 5-13, 2013.
5.Respect Life–Reject Anti-Life Laws
We have observed with keen interest the
continuous attempts made by foreign agencies to introduce unwholesome values to our society in their campaign for abortion, supply of condoms and promotion of same-sex unions. We hereby condemn such moves. We appeal to the good people of Nigeria to also reject such moves, lest we stand to lose our faith, cultural identity and pride. We reiterate our commitment to the sanctity of human life from the very moment of its conception to the time of natural death.
We reject vehemently the slightest attempt by anyone to promote the culture of death and call on such people to repent of their ways. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI affirmed: “Openness to life is at the centre of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man’s true good…the acceptance of life strengthens the moral fibre and makes people capable of mutual help” (Instrumentum Laboris, 2nd Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops No: 20).
We sincerely congratulate the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for her firm stand and outright rejection of the Bill on Same-Sex Union. Natural law and our faith tell us that same-sex union is truly unnatural, unwholesome, and contrary to the plan of God.
The use of capital punishment as the easiest way to rid the society of dangerous criminals is improper. The lives of condemned criminals remain sacred and demand deep compassion. Capital punishment does not offer criminals the opportunity for repentance in accord with the vision of God about man’s salvation. Given modern developments for the safety of citizens, public authorities are increasingly called upon to explore practical measures to prevent criminality and to foster humane ways that would lead to the reformation of criminals.
LifeNews Note: Obianuju Ekeocha writes for Culture of Life Africa.