We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Kenyans vote on new constitution; Church leaders press for No vote

Catholic World News - August 04, 2010

Kenyans cast their ballots today in a hotly contested referendum for approval of a new constitution. Christian leaders have urged a negative vote on the document; the Kenyan government—with powerful backing from the US—has campaigned for approval.

Church leaders joined in opposition to the proposed constitution after failing in efforts to remove a provision that would allow for legalization of abortion. Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi explained: “There have been improvements in the draft constitution, but the good has been mixed with some bad points that affect the moral life and rights.” Kenya’s former President Daniel Arap Moi joined the Catholic bishops and leaders of the nation’s other Christian groups in a “vote No” campaign. He emphasized the critical importance of August 4 vote, saying: "Political seats will come and go but the constitution will define your destiny forever.”

Government and religious leaders were united in their calls for a peaceful vote and a calm response to the outcome, whatever it might be. Results of the referendum are expected by August 6, with observers predicting approval for the new constitution.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($29,119 to go):
$35,000.00 $5,880.70
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Opening Ourselves to Meaning and Purpose 3 hours ago
A thin-skinned Vatican spokesman harms his own standing 3 hours ago
Pope Francis prevails in Round I of battle for Vatican reform 11 hours ago
Social Media’s Vanity Fair: Danger on every side! March 4
The Ways of Evangelization March 3

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5