Africans Reject Pope's "Modernisation"

Africans Reject Pope's "Modernisation"

African Catholics are increasingly concerned about the anti-Christian drift promoted by Pope Francis and the Vatican's notorious "gay mafia".

The 7th Joint Seminar of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) held in Nairobi have raised big questions about the potential impact on fundamental Catholic teachings, the defense of life, and the preservation of cultural values. The seminar, called “Synodality: Africa and Europe Walking Together” and conducted from January 23 to 26, 2024, delved into critical issues that have sparked conversations among the faithful and observers.

The seminar’s spotlight on the reform of the Roman Curia, as outlined in the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium, marks a significant departure from traditional Catholic teachings. Spearheaded by Pope Francis, the reform aims "to align the Church with the challenges of the 21st century". It emphasises a Church in which the laity’s participation is deemed as vital as that of the clergy.

All the talk of "the pursuit of inclusivity" has got African Catholics - just like the traditionalist minority in Europe and North America - worrying about the potential weakening of the Church’s hitherto unwavering stance on the sanctity of life, family values, and other traditional doctrines.