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African cardinal criticizes Uganda's new anti-gay law

Homosexuals should not be sentenced to life in prison, says Turkson

Catholic Herald

Catholic Herald

Published: March 07, 2014 05:41 AM GMT

Updated: March 06, 2014 06:06 PM GMT

African cardinal criticizes Uganda's new anti-gay law

Picture: Catholic Herald/PA

Cardinal Peter Turkson has criticised Uganda’s anti-gay law and called for the severe penalties it legislates for to be repealed.

According to reports, Cardinal Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said earlier today that “homosexuals are not criminals” and shouldn’t be sentenced to life in prison.

Cardinal Turkson made his comments in Bratislava where he has been taking part in a Church and human rights conference.

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He added that the Vatican also urges the international community to keep providing aid to Uganda, which has been hit with aid cuts in reaction to the passing of the new law. The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan for Uganda’s healthcare programme.

Last week Uganda’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed their opposition to homosexuality, but reserved judgment on the recently ratified bill.

During the Bratislava conference, Cardinal Turkson gave a speech in which he defended religious liberty. “Freedom of religion is inseparable from freedom of thought and conscience” and includes “the freedom to change one’s religion or belief” and “the freedom to manifest that religion or belief both in private and communally,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

This freedom, the Cardinal added, is not always protected. “At present, Christians are the religious group which suffers persecution in the largest number of countries on account of its faith,” a situation that “constitutes a grave violation of human rights,” he said.

Full Story: Cardinal Turkson criticises Uganda’s anti-gay law

Source:Catholic Herald

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