LGBT approval: Why Africans are ‘special case’ – Pope Francis

Catholic pontiff Pope Francis has disclosed that he is confident the critics of his recent decision to allow blessings for same-sex couples will eventually understand it, except for Africans who are “a special case.”

He said he trusted that gradually everyone would be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ declaration by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide.

Credible News recalls that blessings for same-sex couples were allowed last month in a document called Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Trust).

The development has caused widespread debate in the Catholic Church, with particularly strong resistance coming from African bishops.

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“Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups,” Francis told the Italian newspaper La Stampa, adding that “A special case is Africans: for them, homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it.”

“But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ declaration by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide,” the pope continued.

Last week, Pope Francis appeared to acknowledge the pushback the document generated, especially in Africa, where bishops have effectively rejected it, and in some countries, same-sex activity can lead to prison or even the death penalty.

He, however, stated that when the blessings are given, priests should “naturally take into account the context, the sensitivities, the places where one life and the most appropriate ways to do it”.

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