African Bishops Reject Same-Sex Blessings

A faithful example of keeping God’s word no matter what.


John Stonestreet

Shane Morris

Pope Francis’ declaration allowing priests to bless same-sex couples puts Roman Catholics who accept the biblical definition of marriage in a tough spot. Though the document doesn’t officially change doctrine, it has sown confusion and emboldened heresy.  

However, earlier this month, a group of African bishops released a joint statement explaining why they will not bless same-sex couples. Led by Congolese Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungo, these bishops insisted that such unions are “contrary to the will of God,” and that the pope’s statement created “misconceptions and unrest in the minds of many lay faithful.” 

It’s hard to miss a pattern here: As churches in the Global North abandon truth, churches in the Global South, especially Africa, stand firm. It brings to mind Jesus’ words to the church of Philadelphia: “I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” 

Thank you, African Christians, for being faithful. Please pray for the rest of us. 


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