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Pope condemns graft in Africa

2011-11-20 09:01

Ouidah - Pope Benedict XVI has labelled Aids an "ethical problem" and condemned corruption as he laid out a vision for his Church's future in Africa on his second visit to the continent.

Benedict signed off on a 135-page map for the Roman Catholic Church in Africa at a basilica in the Benin city of Ouidah, a centre of voodoo, with the Temple of Pythons and its 30-odd snakes just across the street.

He signed the document on his visit to Benin, a voodoo heartland and Catholic bastion where thousands have greeted him joyously since his arrival in the West African nation on Friday.

Around 30 voodoo followers were outside the Temple of Pythons as Benedict arrived at the basilica, many dressed in white and wearing fetish beads.

The document signed by Benedict - an apostolic exhortation called "The Pledge for Africa" containing conclusions from a 2009 synod of African bishops - includes peace, reconciliation and justice as its main message.

It calls for good governance, the abolition of the death penalty and denounces abuses, particularly against women and children, while describing Aids as a mainly ethical problem that requires a medical response.

Changes in behaviour are needed to combat the disease, including sexual abstinence and rejection of promiscuity, it adds.

The pope's comments on his first African trip to Cameroon and Angola in 2009 caused a global outcry when he suggested condom distribution aggravated the Aids problem.

He has since appeared to ease that stance, saying in a book published last year that condom use is acceptable "in certain cases," notably to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

In another speech Benedict denounced corruption, warning it could lead to violent upheaval, and called on African leaders not to rob citizens of hope.

"At this time, there are too many scandals and injustices, too much corruption and greed, too many errors and lies, too much violence which leads to misery and to death," he said at Benin's presidential palace.


Comments
  • Ronald - 2011-11-20 09:33

    "At this time, there are too many scandals and injustices, too much corruption and greed, too many errors and lies, too much violence which leads to misery and to death," he said at Benin's presidential palace. The above is seen by many as an unwritten constitutional right in SA.

      Adre - 2011-11-20 19:20

      Pope, what a hypocrite! He shook Hitler's hand in the 1940's congratulated Hitler of getting rid of those pesky Jews!

  • bluzulu - 2011-11-20 09:42

    Another corrupt official from the most corrupt organization. Who cares what the Pope has to say, you people have lost face in the manner in which past mistakes have been handled. These old outdated fools are moving this planet to it's demise !!!!

      Vusi - 2011-11-20 10:12

      True bluzulu!!!! True True True. "Changes in behaviour are needed to combat the disease, including sexual abstinence and rejection of promiscuity, it adds" The Pope should go clean his own house before he tells the world about sexual abstinence. When scores of Catholic priests are sodomising young boys, I would hardly speak out about anything related to sex. If ever there was a church the world should ban, then it is this one!

      Yar - 2011-11-20 10:33

      @blu So let me get this straight. You actually think that dishonesty, corruption and graft in Africa is a good thing. You blame the Pope for all the sins of individuals within the Catholic church. Don't you think that's a bit unfair. PS : I am a Methodist

      casper.v.walt - 2011-11-20 12:17

      So true bluezulu and Vusi!

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 13:11

      @blu: When you mention "the most corrupt organization" surely you are speaking about your cANCer government?

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 17:18

      No, he means the Church.

      Heinrich - 2011-11-20 19:46

      Yar : I think you conclude wrongly. bluzulu merely says we should not pay much attention to this shady character,who is in charge of a very shady business.

  • Had - 2011-11-20 09:44

    The Pope has said it all.

  • casper.v.walt - 2011-11-20 13:24

    Focus ArchAngel, focus. The article is about the pope and not about our government...

  • Chaapo - 2011-11-20 14:41

    Tell that to Mugabe who postures as the foremost catholic.

  • Fred - 2011-11-20 19:29

    "It calls for good governance, the abolition of the death penalty and denounces abuses, particularly against women and children, while describing Aids as a mainly ethical problem that requires a medical response." Neither the Pope nor anyone at the Vatican is qualified to speak on health issues. They just have nothing valid to say and health advice from anyone so blatantly unqualified should not be repeated in the media. To make matters worse, it's rare to see any news piece that will add at least a little balance by quoting a health expert. Even a junior trainee at a family planning clinic would be far more qualified. I have yet to see an acknowledgment in most articles about Vatican pronouncements that the they are on the wrong side of this issue by consensus of 99% of the people who DO have qualifications. I personally think the Pope is unqualified to speak on moral issues. His moral sensibilities are hopelessly broken by his indoctrination in to a church that has perpetrated some of the most ghastly horrors conceived. The Christian holy book is a genocide manual and loaded with atrocities and immoral teachings.

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-20 19:59

    I wonder if those voodoo guys at the snake temple converted this oke.

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