Libreville, 03 July, 2020 / 9:37 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Priests serving in the Central African nation of Gabon have, in a collective statement, reached out to the country’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba asking him to renounce the promulgation of the controversial bill that seeks to decriminalize homosexuality.
“We priests from the different dioceses of Gabon in accordance with our duty as citizens, Christians, and pastors of the people of God, and following the interventions of various religious leaders including our Bishops, have taken the initiative to send you this letter in this form in view of the burning and embarrassing events in our country concerning the decriminalization of homosexuality,” the members of the Association of Diocesan Priests in Gabon (ADPG) have said in their collective letter dated Thursday, July 2.
ADPG members “solemnly invite” the President “to listen to the voice of wisdom and renounce the promulgation of this controversial bill.”
Explaining why they resorted to writing the collective letter, the Clerics who represent the six Dioceses in Gabon say, “It is to consolidate unity, protecting our common values and limiting the ever-growing gap between our institutions and the People they should represent.”
According to a report, members of the Central African nation’s National Assembly, the lower house, voted on June 23 to adopt an amendment of the criminal legislation removing the paragraph that prohibits “sexual relations between persons of the same sex.” The text had been introduced into a draft law in July 2019 by members of the Senate, the upper house.