Christian family life under threat over gays, abortion and polygamy, says Malawi Catholic Bishop

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mangochi, Right Reverend Montfort Stima has said Christian family life is being threatened by three elements of homosexuality, abortion and polygamy which need to be put on the leash.

Stima with members of the church

Stima with members of the church

Stima said the three factors were responsible for most of the challenges Christian families were facing as such there was need for Christians especially the Catholic faithful to stand guard against the vices to protect the family unit.

“These three things, promotion of same sex marriages, abortion which is being championed through the slogan of children by choice not by chance and polygamy, to me are factors contributing to problems in most families,” Siam said.

Stima made the remarks on Sunday in his homily during mass of the feast of Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus Christ which also marked the end of a two day spiritual retreat of the Catholic Family Movement.

“The family is being threatened by donor influence who have put strings to their money to force poor countries allow people practice homosexuality something that is against the church’s teaching,” he said. “The church is not against those people but it is against the immoral practice.”

While commending Lucius Banda for abandoning a music show in Mangochi in protest of some gays who were openly fondling and kissing, Stima called on the faithful to speak out against whatever was contrary to Christian teachings and values.

“They say silence means consent, so if we choose to remain quiet, it means we have accepted this immorality,” he emphasised.

On abortion, he said the global campaign on pregnancy by choice and not by chance encourages people to kill, noting that Jesus Christ was born of Mother Mary who never knew a man but conceived through the Holy Spirit all the same.

He also commended Parliamentary Chairperson of the Health Committee Juliana Lunguzi for standing against the proposal of enacting the abortion law. Both Banda and Lunguzi are staunch Catholics.

Stima further said Christianity does not allow polygamy because God created one man and one woman to become one flesh.

On this note, the prelate observed that there were more conflicts in most families because people stopped to pray together and share the Good News which provides food to the soul.

“Today, we are being invited more than before to witness the beauty of family life and pray. Always we need to preach what we believe in. In fact, government has to stop all the madness happening considering that this country was founded on Christian principles,” Stima said.

Stima, therefore, asked the faithful to pray for the country’s leadership to come up with laws which were pleasing to God and in keeping with Malawian cultural and traditional values alike.

However, Stima encouraged Catholic followers to pray for families which have broken up due to cessation of love, saying children growing up in such environment become despondent.-Mana

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I wished he said Catholics should not practice polygamy coz I know Christians like the Apostolic faith and many others do openly practice polygamy .Your doctrine should not be confused with Christianity . You don’t marry and that’s not Christianity but your doctrine .Are you saying prostitution is okay?? Simunatchuletu .za uhule omwe ukutha a katolika ambiri omwe mumawaloleza kuti kamwani koma musaledzere pamodzi ndi ma hule .A nsembe Ndie awo akuchita vigololo mosabisa tsopano .


Uphold the constitution!

Ambuye if you are indeed serious with what you are saying why are happy to see some of priests within your diecese getting married.I have in mind father Pege(Italian Priest)of St Ignatio parish at Masuku got married to Elizabeth Tsumba,they have been living together for over ten years now & have a Child- no longer a secret.Anthu a mu mpingo have been complaining about this for yrs but it has been landing on deaf ears.There is also strong evidence that this lady has been bribing you with millions of money so that you should keep mute on the matter…I rest… Read more »
zingati zanu

i would like to agree with those who think muchotse kaye chitsotso mmaso mwanu musanachotse cha nzanu. alipodi ma ansembe ambiri ku Malawi kuno komanso kunja amene ndi ma gay komanso ma lesbian. Malangizo amaperekawa amadziwa za mtimabanja timeneti. Mudzawona kuti athu omwe si ammabanjawa kukonda kukamba za mbanja and sometimes you wonder kuti banja lake liti mwaziwona zimenezi. komanso ambiri a ansembewa, chigololo too much ndi akhristu awo. Zimenezinso muzipanga condemn chifukwa munalumbira. zanu ndi zingati paja?

zingati zanu

Hey you CatholicBishops are you talking the same thing here? The Archbishop says we must embrace these gays and lesbians as or children and help them to get ‘healed’ of their sickness and the other Bishop says we condemn them. am confused at the church for ‘all people’, kpena okhawo omwe akwatira akazi? school me here. kapena zanu ndizingati mudzatenge pompano.




bodza labwino

Thanks Bishop Sitima for free and fair message about abortion, homosexual and polygamy. Of the three evils spare polygamy that is being practiced openly. Most Christians today claim to be holy by pointing fingers at those involved in polygamy and yet there is a lot of underground polygamy that is not known to the public. Please spare polygamy alone. It doesn’t kill like abortion. It’s clean unlike homosexuality.


Ife Akhristu tiyeni tipewe mchitidwewu. Aloleni amene akutayika apitilize. Koma ndi chifukwa chiyani munthawi ya Bambo Muluzi ndi A mayi aku nyumba kwa a Banda, Mchitidwe wonyasawu kunalibe? Aunt Tiwo muthawi ya a Bingu lero a Peter. plz gays musamuzuze peter yu


I’m encouraging my fellow christians here in Malawi to stand up against this thing called homosexuality. Let’s b united.


Nanga iwe azimai waimanawowo ndi akadxako

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