'Thanks God' there are no gays in Africa, stated pilgrims from WYW

 updated at 13:50

'Thanks God' there are no gays in Africa, stated pilgrims from WYW

Translated from Portuguese to English
by Sergio Viula to let some friends hear of it

Pilgrims from São Tomé e Príncipe say that their country has no homosexuals, "thanks God"
Photo: Maurício Tonetto / Terra

  • From Rio de Janeiro

  • From Rio de Janeiro
If the Catholic Church's stands suffer resistence from anti-homophobia groups in Brazil and several parts of the world, the same does not seem to take place in São Tomé e Príncipe, in Africa. The Church's condemnation on the homosexual practice is is aligned with the local population, according to reports by the pilgrims this Tuesday in the centenial Parish of Our Lady of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

That's Eva de Carvalhos's case, 48, she gives "thanks to God" when saying that "there isn't such a thing (homosexuals)" in her country. She is from the African country, which has a predominately Catholic population (70.3%, according to a census held in 2001). Eva says that the issue is not even approached there.
Itola Lima, 62, is also from São Tomé e Príncipe, and joins her friend in saying that there is no homosexuality in their country and makes use of the Bible to condemn the practice. "God made a man and a woman," she argues.

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​The issue, however, won't be debated during the World Youth Walk (WYW), in Rio de Janeiro. Willing to gather the faithful and reach out to the less religious, the Church - following the Pope's steps in his first speech in Paris - will avoid rather controversial issues.
Between Wednesday and Friday, the city parishes will offer cathecism activities on the central issue of the event ("Go and make disciples" - a command given by Jesus, according to Christian faith). The preachings will be done in several idioms and the approach will be less deep, precisely to contemplate the uninitiated in religious issues and the foreigners who do not master Portuguese.
"The objective is to preach the gospel. It is take Chirst to the nations, as the WYW's theme says. Make everyone deeply experience faith in Jesus Christ," explains Father Pedro dos Santos, from Our Lady of Copacabana Parish, which is to hold 2 thousand people on the three days of cathechism.



Do they expect us to accept the word of these two bigots who clearly don't see what they prefer to ignore? Are they kidding us? While several gays, lesbian and transgenders have been killed in different countries of the African continent, these two ladies see nothing, hear nothing, know nothing about it? It must be a bad-taste joke, no doubt.

In Brazil, the Catholic church has been one of principal, though subtle, oponents against LGBT rights. Fundamentalist evangelicals are noisier, but not as smart. Nobody should be carried away by the 'sweet' speech of the priests. By keeping their mouths shut about certain issues, they simply try to gain ground and strenghen their domineering fist.

Yesterday, LGBT people gave the Catholic church a strong signal of disatisfaction with their homophobic policies and discourse. Check it out on this post:


That will be something they will hardly forget about.