Thus spake the patriarchs
VATICAN CITY — African cardinals denounced the "cultural imperialism" of wealthy
countries in their aid, trade and health care policies for Africa, saying Wednesday that the West's promotion of abortion rights and condoms is destroying the continent's moral fabric.
And forget ''cultural imperialism.'' What about Catholic imperialism?
African prelates attending the three-week meeting on the role of the Catholic Church in Africa said their countries needed economic development partnerships that are based on trust and fairness, not ones that exploit Africa's natural resources and put conditions on aid.
Agreed on the exploitation part, but, if the conditions they reject include maternal health care and contraceptives, well, these guys are just emissaries from Misogynist Central in the Vatican.
"We want to be helped, but helped in the name of truth, with respect of what we are and what we want for ourselves," Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr of Dakar, Senegal, told a news conference.
He and Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier of Durban, South Africa, denounced "hidden" agendas of international aid groups and countries that promote abortion rights and condoms to fight HIV, saying the West was trying to impose its views on Africa.
Their arguments have been echoed during the synod, with repeated criticisms of institutions that promote "reproductive health care" for women. The Vatican has warned that such programs — often supported by the United Nations — are really just a cover for promoting access to abortions and birth control.
"There are certain cultural norms that are inherent in Africa," Napier said. "One of them is that sexual activity is for bringing babies into the world. It's not so much for enjoyment."
Yeah, well, rape isn't particularly enjoyable.
And neither is giving birth to HIV-positive babies -- and then dying and leaving them orphaned.
But this is what God wants, right?
SHAMELESS PLUG: I am a supporter of this Canadian Christian-mission run orphanage in Uganda.
Yeah, I did say Christian. Surprise, surprise.
The photo (above right) is of two of its wards, Fatuma and Frank.
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