Unanimous resistance from African bishops. It concerns “one point” in the Vatican document

African bishops unanimously agree on “Fiducia supplicans”. None of them plan to allow the blessing of same-sex couples in their diocese.

– The Church in Africa has no problem with the theology of the Beatitudes presented in the statement “Fiducia supplicans”. Beatitudes are a common practice in Africa. There is only one point in this document that they cannot apply, namely the blessing of homosexual couples – says Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo announced on January 12, with the permission of the Pope, a letter confirming that the Church in Africa does not allow same-sex couples will bless.

Unanimity of the bishops

Speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Ambongo emphasized the unity of this continent’s bishops on the above-mentioned issue, as evidenced by the responses of individual African episcopates. – All are unanimous in affirming their communion with Pope Francis as a factor of communion and unity in the Church; all are unanimous that this document has caused frustration and anxiety among the faithful and preachers; Everyone believes that it is impossible to apply the part of “Fiducia supplicans” that concerns the blessing of homosexual couples, said the Metropolitan of Kinshasa.

Cardinal Ambongo noted that the announcement of the declaration had created a very difficult situation in Africa. Therefore, as president of the local episcopates and also a member of the Council of Cardinals, he decided to take responsibility for it and come to Rome.

– I did not ask individual bishops, priests or faithful, but bishops’ conferences to express their opinions – says cardinal. Ambongo. – This allowed us to create a common file without being dispersed by many voices. It was the Episcopal Conferences that expressed their views, and I summarized all their responses. But I am not only president of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, I am also a member of the Council of Cardinals, C9, or advisor to the Pope, and it was in this capacity that I came to him. I spoke to him, I spoke to the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, and it was at the end of all these conversations, in consultation with the Pope and the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, that I signed my message, he added.

Source: Do Rzeczy

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