Noting what they call a “recent rise in Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender activism,” the bishops criticize “the Supreme Court decision in the United States of America,” which together with similar legal action elsewhere, such as Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum, “will tend to provoke a notable and rapid shift in public opinion about the nature and meaning of marriage and family as it has been known for millennia.”
The bishops reiterate their staunch opposition to “powerful legislative and judicial maneuvers to redefine marriage in order to include ‘same-sex marriage,’” which they describe as “a sad, unjust and lamentable situation based largely upon a distorted perception of natural law, the will of God and human nature.”
The African bishops have been taking an ever more active and visible leadership role in Catholic public relations, especially after last fall’s extraordinary synod on marriage in the Vatican, where they refused to be bullied by progressive elements within the meeting, notably the Germans.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper notoriously dissed the African bishops, who represented a conservative block in the synod, complaining that they shouldn’t be telling the other bishops what to do. When South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier later saw Kasper referred to as “the Pope’s theologian,” he reacted with a flurry of tweets, saying that the title was incorrect and inappropriate, especially since “Cardinal Kasper isn’t very respectful towards the African Church & its Leaders.”
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