Ouagadougou, 17 August, 2021 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has cautioned against “false policies” on procreation and family life in Africa, including attempts to link “our poverty … to our numbers.”
“We must say NO to all anti-natalist concepts and policies,” Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo said Sunday, August 15, during the Eucharistic celebration to mark the 26th Archdiocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Yagma.
Cardinal Ouédraogo told close to 20,000 pilgrims who gathered for the event, “We must, as Christians, reject all false policies that tell us that our poverty is linked to our numbers.”
“It is true that the Church contributes to education for responsible parenthood; but let no one be mistaken: the path to development in our countries is not primarily conditioned by birth control,” the Local Ordinary of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese who doubles as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) further said.
He added, “Let us return to our traditional values that value and promote life, let us turn to a Christianity of life, a culture of life.”