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African Catholic Bishops reject Vatican's call for blessing same-sex couples

12 January, 2024

Catholic Bishops throughout Africa have rejected the Vatican's recent proposal to bless same-sex couples.

Despite their unwavering commitment to the Pope and the Gospel, Catholic Bishops in Africa united under the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), have collectively responded to a recent Vatican declaration.

In a letter issued on Thursday, January 11 by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, the President of SECAM, the bishops expressed a shared inclination, stating that they 'generally prefer' not to extend blessings to same-sex couples.

Cardinal Ambongo, who is also the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, emphasized that the letter is a culmination of opinions from all African bishops, responding to the call he issued on December 20, just two days after the publication of the now controversial document on blessing same-sex marriages, known as Fiducia Supplicans.