Previously Planned Youth Conference Meant to Address “homosexual orientations” Postponed

A Poster announcing the Postponement of the Youth Chastity Conference 2020.
Credit: CUEA

The Youth Chastity Conference (YCC) that had been slated to take place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Saturday, February 8, with participants expected to deliberate on “homosexual orientations” has been called off indefinitely.

“The postponement has been occasioned by a series of congruous inadequacies,” reads in part the notice calling off the convention signed by Fr. Boniface Mungai, the Chaplain of (CUEA).

“Any inconvenience caused is enormously regretted,” Fr. Mungai states in his February 5 notice sent to ACI Africa and adds, “We earnestly promise a timely dissemination of further communication.”

The one-day conference is being organized under the theme, “Understanding Same Sex Attraction and Gender Deviance” and facilitators with expertise in sexuality and the teaching of the Catholic Church are expected to oversee discussions on same sex orientations, the convener of the event, Ugandan-born Richard Kakeeto told ACI Africa in an earlier interview.

“The catechism of the Catholic Church is of the stand that people having homosexual orientations should strive for perfection and it also says that these acts are intrinsically disordered,” Kakeeto had said referencing the nature of the discussion.

He had clarified that facilitators will be tackling the theme from a scientific and psychological perspective by raising “the issue of whether same sex is natural or it is out of socialization.”

As an expected outcome of the guided deliberations, Kakeeto said, “young people could be able to introspect and figure out that maybe I feel like this because of something else then they figure out how they can get help.”

Sharing the inspiration behind the choice of chastity as the main overriding theme of the annual conferences, Kakeeta had told ACI Africa, “There are quite a number of young people in the Universities who are both virgins and chaste but get stigmatized by the environment they are in because of the increased sexualization of our young people.”

Some 700 participants including students from seven Secondary schools had confirmed that they would be in attendance, Kakeeto told ACI Africa Wednesday, February 5.

When convened, the 2020 edition of the annual YCC will be the seventh since the maiden gathering of 2014.

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