By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

  November 21, 2007 ( – In a recent address to the bishops of Kenya, Pope Benedict XVI denounced the myriad “agencies”, many of which are international groups associated with the United Nations, that are promoting abortion in Africa.

“It is a matter of great concern that the globalized secular culture is exerting an increasing influence on local communities as a result of campaigns by agencies promoting abortion,” the Pope said, speaking to the bishops who were visiting him in the Vatican. “This direct destruction of an innocent human life can never be justified, however difficult the circumstances that may lead some to consider taking such a grave step.”

  The pope exhorted the bishops to continue to fight the encroachment of what he has often called the “culture of death”.  “When you preach the Gospel of Life, remind your people that the right to life of every innocent human being, born or unborn, is absolute and applies equally to all people with no exception whatsoever,” he said. He quoted Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae, stating that this equality “is the basis of all authentic social relationships which, to be truly such, can only be founded on truth and justice”.

“The Catholic community must offer support to those women who may find it difficult to accept a child, above all when they are isolated from their family and friends. Likewise, the community should be open to welcome back all who repent of having participated in the grave sin of abortion, and should guide them with pastoral charity to accept the grace of forgiveness, the need for penance, and the joy of entering once more into the new life of Christ.”

  Benedict also called attention to the relationship between the institution of marriage and the fight against sexually transmitted diseases, reiterating a theme that is opposed by many international groups promoting contraceptive use in Africa.

“All too often, the ills besetting some parts of African society, such as promiscuity, polygamy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, can be directly related to disordered notions of marriage and family life,” the pope said. “For this reason it is important to assist parents in teaching their children how to live out a Christian vision of marriage, conceived as an indissoluble union between one man and one woman, essentially equal in their humanity (cf. Ecclesia in Africa, 82) and open to the generation of new life.”

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