....Nel Cristo Dio fatto uomo , troviamo il sostegno per la nostra debolezza e le risorse per raggiungere la perfezione. L'umanità di Cristo ci rimette in piedi , la sua condiscendenza ci prende per mano , la sua divinità ci fa giungere alla méta....


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sabato 15 dicembre 2012

Chiesa e legge contro omosessuali in Uganda

Come la Chiesa ha sempre criticato lo stato africano per il provvedimento anti omosessuale.


Despite a long-standing position of speaking out against homosexuality, the Vatican last week said it opposes discriminatory penal legislation against gay people during a United Nations panel discussion on sexual orientation.
Anti-homosexual legislation is currently being considered in Uganda. If passed, the bill would make homosexuality illegal and in some cases, carry a death sentence for offenders.
Said Father Philip Bene, legal attaché to the UN's Holy See Mission, “The Holy See continues to oppose all grave violations of human rights against homosexual persons, such as the use of the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. The Holy See also opposes all forms of violence and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons, including discriminatory penal legislation which undermines the inherent dignity of the human person.”
According to a December 14 report by Pink News the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams has also spoken out publicly against the bill, stating he “did not see how any Angelican could support it.”
“The murder and abuse of homosexual persons are to be confronted on all levels, especially when such violence is perpetrated by the State,” said Williams. “While the Holy See’s position on the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity remains well known, we continue to call on all States and individuals to respect the rights of all persons and to work to promote their inherent dignity and worth.”
The United Nations is also threatening sanctions against Uganda, having said if the bill is passed they will move forward in shifting the Geneva-based African AIDS Vaccine Program (AAVP) to Entebbe.
"Criminalising adult consensual sex is not only a human rights issue, it goes against a good HIV strategy," said Catherine Hankins, the chief scientific advisor for UNAIDS, which alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) backs the AAVP, in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
"If the bill passes, UNAIDS and WHO would have to decide what happens and to see whether this is an appropriate place."
MP David Bahati, the sponsor of the bill, has said Uganda will not bow to international pressures to remove language from calling for the death penalty for homosexual offenders.


Pope Benedict is opposed to 'unjust discrimination' against gay men and lesbians, according to a statement addressed to a United Nations panel by the Vatican's legal attaché, the Reverend Philip J Bene, today.
The statement is being seen as a response to a bill being considered by the Ugandan parliament, which would introduce the death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality' in the east African country.
David Bahati, the Ugandan MP behind the bill, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide his reasoning for putting the new laws forward.
Foreign influence
He said that foreigners use money to recruit young people into homosexuality and that in Uganda homosexuality is perceived to be a learned behaviour, that can also be unlearned.
“Also, according to our constitution, homosexuality is not a human right. We believe that the traditional family was meant for man and woman, and anything contrary to that will be a distortion of the nature of order and it is already illegal in Uganda. This bill is trying to consolidate all these laws into one piece of legislation that will sum up the spirit and aspirations of Uganda as a society.”
The bill will be debated in a fortnight and is expected to become law in February.

The titular head of the Catholic Church in Uganda has weighed in on the proposed anti-homosexuality law, saying he rejects it because it is “at odds with the core values” of Christians. But while Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga’s opposition to the 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill is based on compassion, the cleric retains the view that homosexuality is immoral and violates God’s will. “The Bible says homosexuality is strictly forbidden,” Dr Lwanga said in a statement made public yesterday.
“However, the Church equally teaches the Christian message of respect, compassion, and sensitivity. The Church has always asked its followers to hate the sin but to love the sinner… In our view, the proposed [law] is not necessary considering that acts of sodomy are already condemned in the Penal Code.”
The cleric offers a solution that homosexuals normally find unpleasant, too: rehabilitation. “The proposed (law) does not contain clauses encouraging homosexuals to be rehabilitated,” the statement said. “As (the) Catholic Church, we have a mission to reach out to all of the people of God. As Christ showed, no one is beyond God’s mercy and love.”
Still, in a country where homosexuality is taboo and where many preachers have condemned gays, Dr Lwanga’s comments will be seen as unlikely opposition to a piece of legislation that proposes death or life imprisonment for gay people.
Essentially, however, Dr Lwanga’s views run counter to the position of Uganda’s Anglican community, whose leaders have supported the proposed law but opposed the death penalty, and alienate junior priests who have expressed contrary views. In Uganda’s Pentecostal community, where pastors like Martin Ssempa have supported the proposed law in its current shape, homophobia is even more intense.
Mr Bahati, who says he wants to protect traditional family values, denies being in a hate campaign. But critics say he lacks evidence to back the claims that inspired him to propose such a tough law. In his statement, Dr Lwanga criticised the part in Mr Bahati’s proposal that would punish those who fail to report homosexuals to the authorities.
President Museveni has not spoken out on the subject, although a recent report, quoting US officials, said he had assured the Obama White House of his intention to veto the proposed law.