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East African bishops decry threats to family, ‘strongly condemn’ same-sex unions

Catholic World News - August 07, 2014

At the conclusion of a recent meeting in Malawi, bishops from eight nations in East Africa denounced threats to family life.

“The threat to the family in our region is now more real than ever before,” the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa said in a statement. “The crisis of marriage and the family has been increased by individualism in the contemporary society, breakdown of morals, attacks on the family unit, poverty and unemployment.”

The bishops added:

As a Church in the region, we will endeavor to protect the family which is the domestic Church against all these dangers. We commit ourselves to pastoral care of broken families and all those who are going through difficulties in their families. We also condemn all forms of domestic violence.

We affirm institution of marriage as an indissoluble union of love between a man and a woman open to procreation and denounce any attempt to redefine this institution. Family life must be respected, promoted and protected so that it can provide men and women who can weave a social fabric of peace and harmony. We strongly condemn same sex unions and other deviations that go against human nature and natural law.

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