Cardinal Ouédraogo Delivers Firm Easter Message Against Homosexual Union Blessings

OUAGADOUGOU – During the Easter mass at the Notre Dame de Yagma sanctuary north of Ouagadougou, Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, a prominent figure in the Burkinabè Catholic Church, delivered a resolute homily emphasizing the African bishops’ stance against the blessing of homosexual unions, a proposal mentioned in the Fiducia supplicans declaration endorsed by Pope Francis.

According to Burkina Information Agency, Cardinal Ouédraogo’s address was unequivocal, urging an end to what he termed “new ideological colonizations” and advocating for adherence to traditional Christian values. His message was a clear reflection of the broader African episcopate’s position, which aligns with the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), firmly opposing the recognition or blessing of same-sex unions within the Church.

The cardinal argued that the importation of certain Western cultural norms, including those related to marriage and family, contradicts the core beliefs and practices of African Christian communities. He cited various global statements and actions by Pope Francis that caution against ideological and cultural impositions on the family structure, particularly those from affluent nations leveraging financial aid to promote such agendas in poorer countries.

Within his Easter message, Cardinal Ouédraogo also addressed broader societal issues, linking them to what he perceives as overarching threats to traditional family values. He mentioned controversial practices and policies related to sexual health and rights, gender perspectives, and population control, framing them as part of a wider assault on cultural and religious integrity.

His homily extended beyond religious doctrine, touching on national sentiment and legal considerations regarding homosexuality in Burkina Faso. He highlighted the societal consensus within the country, referencing discussions from across Burkinabè regions that voiced opposition to homosexuality and called for its legal prohibition on moral and cultural grounds.

Furthermore, the cardinal echoed the sentiments of local thought leaders like Laurent Bado, who openly criticizes moves to align Church teachings with Western ideologies. Ouédraogo’s call for the Church to remain steadfast in its mission and values underscores a significant religious and cultural discourse unfolding in Burkina Faso, reflecting broader debates on faith, morality, and identity in the face of global influences.

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