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Decriminalizing Homosexuality (Quo Vadis, Pope Francis? Part 256)

What is it about Pope Francis? Why is he so intent on the political issue of decriminalizing homosexuality? Why can he not grasp the grave sin of homosexuality, and if he can grasp it, why is he persistent in toning down its gravity in the social sphere?

Active homosexuality is evil, no matter with whom or wherever or whenever it is done.

* It is an abomination (Lev 18:22). Does the Pope want people to commit abominations just because these can be legalized?

* The outcry against Sodomy and Gomorrah was so great, and their sin so grave, that God destroyed them with fire.

* The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Rom 1:18). …. “Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural,. and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another.” (Rom 1:26-27a). Homosexuality is unnatural. It is perverse.

Homosexuality is diabolical, and ultimately as homosexuals do not see fit to acknowledge God, God hands them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. You just need to see what has happened especially in the Western world—the Gay Pride parades, the grooming of children by drag queens in public libraries, the advance of transgenderism, etc. Thus as Paul said, “they are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murger, rivalry, treachery, and spite.” (1 Rom 29-29b).

The Africans see the above very clearly. They see the problem as not just homosexuality, but all the other abominations that homosexuality brings. Homosexuality will bring down a society. As low as to hell.

Bishops of Africa, you are right, and the Pope is wrong. Stand for God’s truth, and strongly oppose those who would bring God’s people for perdition.

African Catholics give cold reception to pope's call to decriminalize homosexual

Pope Francis' recent calls to decriminalize homosexuality have gotten a cold reception from most African Catholic leaders. (Photo by BEN CURTIS/AP)

Just days before embarking on a pastoral visit earlier this year to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, Pope Francis surprised some Catholics in Africa by saying homosexuality should not be treated as a crime.

"The criminalization of homosexuality is an issue that must not be disregarded," the pope repeated to journalists on February 5 while flying back to Rome from the visit to the two African countries. He had earlier told the Associated Press that "to condemn a (homosexual) person like this is a sin".

It appeared as a break with the Holy See's position on the issue. Just 15 years ago, in 2008, the Vatican opposed a United Nations text aimed at fighting discrimination against homosexuality in the world.

Because Francis made the statements before and immediately after his trip to Africa, it is difficult not to see them as a message to the continent. Homosexuality is still a crime in 32 of the 54 African countries. In other words, almost half of the 69 states worldwide that repress homosexuality are in Africa.

In these countries, the law provides for sanctions or judges pronounce sentences against homosexual people, men or women. Homosexuality is even punishable by death in three African countries: Nigeria, Mauritania and Somalia.

Article published by LaCroixInternational For the full article, click here.

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