Nigeria: Catholic archbishop says foreigners force homosexuality on Africans

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama says that organizations such as the UN are forcing secularism, condoms, and homosexuality 'down the throats' of his fellow Africans.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama
Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos accused Western countries of forcing homosexuality, condom use, and non-Christian values “down the throats” of his fellow Africans. Archbishop Kaigama, who leads the country’s Catholic bishops called on Christians to remain faithful. 
 
Speaking at a seminary this week, the archbishop said that “In Africa, whether it is about population control, use of condoms, homosexuality; sometimes, the views of the West are forced down the throats of Africans through financial inducement. Africans must not be copy cats, believing that whatever comes from the West is ideal.” He was speaking at a conference on health care and Catholic moral teachings.
 
“We must not be swallowed up by the tyrannical imposition of some governments or international non-governmental organizations who wish to dictate the moral trend of the world based on their secular values,” he added.
 
Archbishop Kaigama  said that Catholic Church is often criticized by secularists because of its pro-life values, support for traditional marriage and sexual mores, and its objection to condom use. For example, the United Nations has often criticized Nigeria for its laws concerning homosexual behavior. In Nigeria, a law was recently signed that would impose a 14-year prison term for people who enter into a same-sex union and a 10-year sentence for anyone who aids in such a ceremony.
 
Archbishop Kaigama argued that Nigerians run the risk of losing their values and becoming “neither Africans nor Westerners.” Speaking to priests and seminarians, he added “We must be faithful to our religious heritage even at a time when some of the people who introduced Christianity to us have become its ardent critics and some of them nurture a pathological hatred for Church directives or moral judgments.”


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

Comments

Book review: My Battle Against Hitler

Dietrich von Hildebrand's memoir of his life of heroic consistency of belief and action in Germany in the midst of the Holocaust.

Cowboys and Indians allied against Keystone Pipeline

Political expedience may rule in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats who have opposed the Keystone pipeline project may change their minds to keep incumbent Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in office.

Tainted tetanus vaccine stirs a row in Kenya

A Kenyan teachers union, and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, have called for an investigation into fears that a UN-sponsored tetanus vaccine is causing miscarriages among Kenyan women.

This page took 0.1470seconds to load