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‘The Congo Flows into the Tiber’: The Catholic Church in Africa’s Influence Is Growing — But Is Vatican Leadership Ready for It?
ANALYSIS: The Same-Sex Blessings Controversy Sends Mixed Signals About Africa’s Importance
The declaration ‘caused a shockwave in Africa,’ says Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, who explained that he wrote a seven-page letter to Pope Francis, then traveled to Rome to meet with the Pontiff, and conferred with the author of the declaration.
In their Jan. 16 statement, the bishops wrote that while ‘it is possible to say a prayer over individual believers living in an irregular relationship,’ care must be taken to avoid appearing to condone sinful sexual activity or to cause confusion about the nature of marriage.
In his interview with EWTN, which will be aired on Sunday, Jan. 21, on ‘Vaticano,’ Cardinal Kurt Koch further discussed the implications of the declaration and how the issue of same-sex blessings has divided the Western churches. Cardinal Koch also indicated that he wrote to Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández in order ‘to have some explanations.’
Pope Francis responded publicly to questions about the Vatican’s declaration on blessings for same-sex couples for the first time in a television interview on Sunday night. He also responded to questions about the declaration during a closed-door meeting with 800 priests from the Diocese of Rome on Saturday morning, saying: ‘People are blessed, not sin.’
In his address to the clergy of Rome on Jan. 13, Pope Francis also provided clarifying remarks on the document, stating, ‘We bless people, not sin.’
Cardinal Fernández Says Pope Francis and the Vatican Were Aware of His Erotic ‘Mystical Passion’ Book
The prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a Spanish-language interview that he foresaw the criticism he would receive for the 26-year-old book.
The text of the French prelates points out that from Jesus Christ we receive the call ‘to an unconditional and merciful welcome, since Jesus 'did not call to come the righteous, but sinners.’
Cardinal Fernández Responds to Uproar Over Sexually Explicit Book: ‘I Certainly Would Not Write [That] Now’
Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, responded to criticism about a book he wrote in the 1990s on spirituality and sensuality, noting that he canceled the book shortly after its publication.