The Ups and Downs of the Hierarchy’s New Discourse on Gay and Lesbian People

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An African archbishop’s recent comments on homosexuality is an example of a new type of ecclesial discourse that is emerging on the topic.  His message shows the dangers of such a discourse, the small progress that our church leaders have made, and the hope for future advancement.

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle

In an interview with the website,  Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, discussed his hopes and expectations for the Vatican’s October 2015 Synod on Marriage and the Family. In a discussion about different forms of marriage, he digressed into the topic of lesbian and gay people, saying:

“In Africa — this is the context I’m dealing with — I will not close my eyes to the fact that there are instances in Africa of homosexuals, people with homosexual tendencies, people with lesbian tendencies. Africa has always frowned upon that, because we have always looked at marriage as contributing to…

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