Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

19 July 2014

Malawi: AMECEA Meeting to Scrutinize Homosexuality

Lilongwe — Association of Member Episcopal Conference in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) catholic bishops meeting in Lilongwe on Friday tabled the issue of homosexuality which is believed to have gained global attention.

A member of the AMECEA Communication team, Fr. Andrew Kaufa said at a press briefing that the bishops had chosen to look at the topic of church intervention and family, having seen the important role the family plays in enhancing the preaching of the gospel.

He said under the family topic, homosexuality was part of the discussion.

"The church has observed that there are a number of challenges that many families from different African countries are facing which is affecting the preaching of the gospel.

"Many rich countries are imposing strange cultures in poor nations, an issue that calls for discussion and intervention," Fr. Kaufa said.

He added: "As we try to search for solutions in regard to family matters, the Bishops will also pay attention to the issue of same sex which is at the helm."

According to the Catholic Church, a family is the foundation of any society and is formed upon a man and a woman expressing love and unity.

Fr Kaufa also said the Bishops would scrutinise the concept of extended family which he said was being devalued by non African countries who are promoting a nuclear family system. The bishops are also expected to look at the issue of challenges of good governance and missionaries.

The AMECEA conference started on July 16 and is expected to end on July 26 with a closing mass at Maula Cathedral Parish in Lilongwe. About nine countries are attending the conference which has brought together more than 100 Bishops.

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