Pope Francis has said he is confident critics of his decision to allow blessings for same-s+x couples will eventually understand it, except for Africans who are “a special case”.
According to Reuters, Pope Francis in an interview with an Italian Newspaper La Stampa published on Monday, said Africans consider LGBT as bad for them from a cultural point of view.
It would be recalled that blessings were allowed last month in a document called Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Trust), which has caused widespread debate in the Catholic Church, with particularly strong resistance coming from African bishops. “Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups,” Francis told Italian newspaper La Stampa, adding: “A special case are Africans: for them homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it.”
“But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ declaration by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide,” the pope continued. Already last week, Pope Francis appeared to acknowledge the pushback the document unleashed, especially in Africa, where bishops have effectively rejected it and where in some countries same-s+x activity can lead to prison or even the d£ath penalty.
He said that when the blessings are given, priests should “naturally take into account the context, the sensitivities, the places where one lives and the most appropriate ways to do it”.