Catholic Bishops Throw Fit Over Contraception in Africa

Catholic Bishops Throw Fit Over Contraception in Africa August 8, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Kenya are throwing a temper tantrum over a project by the Gates foundation to provide the resources for effective family planning in Africa, claiming that it will destroy civilization and the human race. Seriously.

The Catholic Bishops of Kenya have collectively slammed a pro-contraception article that appeared in the country’s Africa Review earlier this month as “dangerous” saying that it could “lead to destruction of the human society and by extension the human race.”

“We cannot allow our country to be part of an international agenda, driven by foreign funds and by so doing, losing our independence and our African values of the family and society,” wrote John Cardinal Njue, chairman of the Kenya Episcopal Conference of Bishops in a letter titled Let us Uphold Human Dignity.

Okay, wait. A Catholic bishop is complaining about foreign funds, African independence and African values? Really? The Catholic Church IS a foreign entity that invaded Africa and converted millions of people away from their indigenous values and religious beliefs, for crying out loud.

But the country’s Catholic Bishops made it clear that they would have nothing to do with the “artificial family planning programme” by “foreign forces”.

“[T]he use of contraceptives […] is both dehumanizing and goes against the teaching of the church, especially in a country like Kenya where a majority of the people are Christians and God fearing. It already threatens the moral fabric of the society and is an insult to the dignity and integrity of the human person.”

The Catholic Bishops urged all Kenyans and the country’s government leaders that “any development which does not protect the human person is meaningless and in vain.”

The Bishops slammed the program for targeting millions of girls and women in Africa with contraception while “many women are dying daily due to lack of proper medical care, food and housing.”

Oh, of course. They just care about the women! More accurately, they care about keeping women as the baby-making machines they want them to be. They know that the widespread availability of contraception is absolutely crucial in helping women achieve independence, equality and freedom from the patriarchy that the church imposes on them. That’s why they want so badly to stop it.

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