Gay Marriage: African Catholic Bishops “Love thy neighbour as thyself”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:19 am | Opinion | 3 Comment(s)

As a Nigerian gay man, forced to flee my homeland after standing up for the human rights of LGBTI people there, I have been following the “Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family” taking place in Rome, with great interest.

I am appalled but not surprised that it was African Roman Catholic Bishops who fought hardest against paragraphs in the Relation Synodi which extended a loving hand to gay people.

In Nigeria, gay people now face beatings, torture and exile, as a consequence of absurd and farcical laws forbidding two men from even holding hands.

When African church leaders should be standing up for human rights, and protecting gay people, they have become modern Pharisees, using idiotic and outdated interpretations of scripture to support crass prejudice.

I am thoroughly ashamed of them. Instead of basing their ministry on love, they are stoking the fires of destruction, for others and ultimately for themselves. Jesus said “Love thy neighbour as thyself”.

What part of this don’t you understand your Graces? Listen to your master. Listen to your Holy Father. Listen and learn.

Davis Mac-Iyalla

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  • The church ought to help d guy communities bc they need deliverance,than to integrate them into d body of christ

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  • Why are you still complaining when you are now in free environment where you can live your rotten life as you wish. Why not you leave Africans to live their primitive life the way God want them to. Bigot!

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  • What the hell is wrong with mankind that they now prefer the unnatural? Rom 1 is explicit enough. Genesis tells us the God made male and female and gave them complementary sex organs with accompanying pleasure. Well even if individuals decide to die in blatant opposition to God and His will, they should stop pushing to dehumanize others and poke their fingers into the eyes of God by importing their uncleanness into religious circles.

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