AFRICAN BISHOPS' BROADSIDE : CONDEMN "NEOCOLONIALISM AND IDEALOGICAL SLAVERY"
|Some of the African Bishops at the Synod for Africa in 2009|
As reported by Aleteia :
In particular, the African bishops voiced concern about a superior, neo-colonial mindset from the West that seeks to impose its own moral sensibilities upon African governments and culture, under the guise of humanitarian aid: “It can no longer be denied that under the euphemism of ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights’, such programs are plainly imposed as a condition for development assistance.”
The bishops put into question the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (better known as the Maputo Protocol), implemented in 2005, asking, “what right do western NGOs, who only represent their own ideological interests, claim to legally bind African states to their world vision?
“. . .We Africans must categorically say No to this plan, which is killing our continent. Pope Francis exhorts us to “be on guard against colonization by new ideologies. There are forms of ideological colonization which are out to destroy the family. They are not born of dreams, of prayers, of closeness to God or the mission which God gave us; they come from without, and. . .they are forms of colonization.”
Adding that “The hour has come to demystify what global what global governance calls ‘national ownership’ and ‘country-driven’ initiatives,” the African bishops proclaimed their unwillingness to have Africans seen only as “servile partners” of Western interests, saying “This is a new type of slavery! We want the dignity of our people to be respected.”"
The clarity, intellectual strength, unity and vigour of this document sends a massive shot across the bows of those seeking to weaken Catholic doctrine, practice and values in the forthcoming Synod on the Family. Full Text :http://aleteia.org/common-declaration-of-the-bishops-of-africa-and-madagascar/