The Catholic archbishop of Yaounde, Cameroon, has made anti-gay statements just the week before the African nation stages a national anti-gay rallying day.
Gay Star News reports that Archbishop Simon-Victor Tonye Bakot made his comments last week:
“The Catholic Archbishop of Yaoundé stated last weekthat he believes homosexuality is opposed to the ideal of human reproduction and is a danger to the family unit, ‘an affront to the family, enemy of women and creation.’
“He argued that the Catholic Church preaches the virtues of tolerance towards gay people, paedophiles, bestiality and other perversions, which he lumps together.
“But he says: ‘This does not mean that Catholic morality endorse homosexual behaviour and the life style that it inspires.’
“For him homosexuality is ‘shameful, a disrespectful criticism of God who has chosen to create man and woman’.
The original French-language news report upon which the Gay Star News account is based can be accessed here.
The archbishop’s comments come as the nation anticipates a national rally in Cameroon designed to promote anti-gay sentiment on August 21st. A separate Gay Star News story describes the event:
“The Rassemblement de la Jeunesse Camerounaise association (Cameroonian Youth Rally, or RJC) announced that it will ‘celebrate’ a gay hate day. . .
“The association doesn’t want to hear about gay pride, instead it announced on Thursday (12 July) that 21 August will be ‘celebrated’ as the national anti-gay day of Cameroon. . .
The existence and combat of the alleged ‘gay mafia’ is one of the principal concerns of the RJC which proudly announces its homophobia publicly.
“The association promises that 21 August, will be celebrated yearly, stating it aims to glorify homophobia with a parade to take place through the Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital city.
“During a recent televised debate, Sismondi Barlev Bidjocka, spokesperson for the RJC, stated that ‘homosexuality is a crime against humanity.’
“There are no official association to help LGBT people in Cameroon, which has one of Africa’s most severe anti-gay laws.”
Vatican officials are quick to correct bishops and other church leaders when they present a “too liberal” view of church teaching on homosexuality. The pope should at least be equally strict in correcting this archbishop, whose rhetoric distorts church teaching and has the potential for promoting violence in such an inflammatory situation.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry