“It is going to wreck our society”: Catholic Bishop on Same-sex Union Advocacy in Kenya

Bishop John Oballa Owaa blessing the MArian Grotto at Olchekut Supat Apostolic School Narok. Credit: Ngong Diocese

The advocacy for same-sex unions and gender transition in Kenya is not good for the East African nation, Bishop John Oballa Owaa has said.

In his Thursday, February 9 remarks at the annual Mass for Olchekut Supat Apostolic School Narok in his Episcopal See, the Bishop of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Ngong condemned the advocacy as going against “the will of God”.

“There is something that is cropping up in our society that does not respect God's commands; there are people promoting same-sex union; I’m speaking about this because it is going to wreck our society,” Bishop Oballa said.

He added, “The present society seems to be incensing same-sex unions; this is not the will of God. The human family or community will die if we go this way.”

Bishop Oballa went on to say that he finds it regrettable that “there are places where people are urging children that they can change their gender” and cautioned students against falling victim to the propagators of gender transitions and homosexual relationships.


“Beware, my sons and daughters; it is satanic. Open your eyes and say no. Defend and be proud of your gender and give glory to God for your gender. Let no man or woman persuade you otherwise to go against the will of God,” said the Kenyan Bishop who has been at the helm of Ngong Diocese since his Episcopal ordination in April 2012. 

He told students that embracing prayer will strengthen their faith and enable them to shun vices that might subject them to despair and hopelessness.

The Bishop’s remark comes days after religious leaders in Kenya decried the “swelling spread and support for a new regime of rights” that is pushing for same-sex relations in Africa in general and in Kenya in particular. 

“The swelling spread and support for a new regime of rights sweeping across the African continent and in Kenya, turning respectable traditions and morals on their heads is a concern to us,” members of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) said in a statement shared with ACI Africa on February 8. 

The faith leaders representing Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and African Traditional religions in Kenya said that the new regime of rights is being blown into Kenya “by winds from the West, and planting seeds of destruction against the natural order of human relations and intimacy.”

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IRCK members pledged to raise their voices against the indoctrination of same-sex relations destroys families and decent morals. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church promulgated by Pope John Paul II states that sexual activity between members of the same sex is considered to be a mortal sin against chastity.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.