Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dec 5, 2018 / 18:01 pm
The Archbishop of Dar es Salaam has asked the government of Tanzania to reject any foreign aid that is conditioned on accepting Western cultural norms regarding homosexuality.
During a November harvest Mass in Dar es Salaam, Cardinal Polycarp Pengo said that “It is better to die of hunger than to receive aid and be compelled to do things that are contrary to God’s desire.”
Western nations “will stop supporting us if we are against homosexuality,” Pengo said, according to AMECAE News.
The cardinal added that “the sin of homosexuality” is “contrary to God’s plan in creation and should not be accepted at all.”
Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania.
The multi-agency Development Partners Group Tanzania reports that in 2011, 33 percent of Tanzania’s government spending was financed by foreign aid.
USAID reports that in 2016, the country received $626 million in aid from U.S. agencies. The largest portion of the funds, more than $200 million, were distributed as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Pengo did not specify the ways in which foreign aid programs might foster permissive attitudes toward homosexuality in the country.