Loading
Pope says Western influence is cause for ‘sexual immorality’ in Africa: Botswana bishop
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- An African bishop returning from his first Ad Limina visit with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome said the weeklong meeting included discussions on AIDS and debt relief. The African bishops want the Vatican to lobby for debt relief for the continent’s poorest countries.

Bishop Nubuasah Frank, one of several delegates of the Bishops Conference from Southern Africa on the weeklong visit, told the Mmegi Reporter that contraceptives and homosexuality were not raised with the pontiff as the African bishops are all clear on and in agreement with Catholic teaching on these points.

The vicar-general of Francistown, Botswana, said the Pope encouraged Africans to return to traditional family and sexual moral values. The Pope stressed that sexual intercourse should be open to reproduction and that couples who want to space their children should use natural family planning.

"The Pope believes that Western influences on southern African people's culture is the cause of sexual immorality. The influences include prostitution, divorce, abortion, and contraceptive mentality," the 56-year-old bishop was quoted as saying.

Bishop Nubuasah pointed out that actions against AIDS must include monogamy and abstinence.

"Condoms are not reducing the rate of infection in Botswana,” he said. “How did Uganda succeed? Uganda did not succeed with condoms but with abstinence. The Church, the state and everybody was involved.”

The bishops also discussed what to do in a case when one spouse is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative, said Bishop Nubuasah. He said the response could never include divorce since the Church teaches that marriage is for life.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
22

Liturgical Calendar

December 22, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Sam 1: 24-28
Gospel:: Lk 1: 46-56

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14