Most. Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, the Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, has identified new ideologies and terrorism as some of the forces mitigating against the family which is the bastion of human ecology.
The bishop made this observation in his lecture at a Seminar organized for the delegates of the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE) and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) held recently in Fatima, Portugal. He spoke on the topic: Human Ecology and New Ideologies.
According to the Nigerian Bishop, who is also the President of SEPAC’s the communication arm of SECAM, some strong ideologies of today undermine the family institution. His words: “Anti-family forms of feminism, certain theories of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, so-called Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and other curious efforts seek to deconstruct the sanctity of human life and the traditional, biblical family of man woman and children.”
He continued: “Such forces, tantamount to “neo colonialism”, driven by interests from Europe and the United States of America, not excluding financial ones, target African countries and peoples. They seek to give human rights status to every human behaviour, no matter how strange, and also work to suppress the voice of religion.”
The ideologies identified by Bishop Badejo include: the new sexual (im)morality of the European Union which “hypocritically claim to cater for the quality of living yet at the expense of the sanctity of life”, and the powerful influence of modern media which promote such new ideologies in an almost unstoppable way.
Bishop Badejo declared: “It used to be possible to summarise some of the new anti-family ideologies under the acronym LGBT (i.e. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual Trans-sexual). This has now been expanded to include anything and everything. The acronym, LGBT, now has other fancies added on, all seeking legal rights and freedom, even though some of these issues have been proven by medical and/or psychological research to be based on psychological and curable conditions. One now hears of “LGBTQQIAPPK”. That would translate to: LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSEXUAL, QUEER, QUESTIONING, INTERSEX, ASEXUAL, PANSEXUAL, POLYSEXUAL, KINKY, and more.”
Speaking extensively on these ideologies and their sources as well their negative impact on the culture of spiritual values, Bishop Badejo noted that these have resulted in “an almost pervasive rejection of Christian roots and culture in Europe”. The lecturer also identified terrorism and its allied forces as other challenges confronting the human family. His words: “In relevance to this reflection, we must consider the threat which terrorism, insurgency and new forms of Islamic expressions pose to ecology. According to him: “… wherever human life is undermined on a certain scale, the prospects of a new human ecology is threatened. In such situations the Church must be vocal and active in denouncing and rallying humanity to act in favour of the sanctity of life”.
Urging that the arbitrary system of radical Islam which has bred terrorism and violence most urgently needs to be confronted, the lecturer however emphasized: “Unless radical Islam is confronted, albeit not by violence, all decent values of peace, freedom, democratic and human rights principles, both of the West and of other cultures and religions, are heading for extinction by force”. This necessary, non-violent confrontation is mandatory”. Bishop Badejo noted the Church has a major role to play in rallying humanity to act in favour of the sanctity of life; and in this perspective, she must be very vocal and active.
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