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 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.-ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :