Ecumenical Group Assails Homosexuals

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) condemned homosexual activity in September, two months after President Robert Mugabe banned the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe from the Zimbabwe International Book Fair.

“The church of God finds no basis to support intimate relationships between persons of the same sex,” declared the ZCC, a group of 20 Protestant denominations. “Such relationships are viewed by the church as a violation of God’s ordinances.” The ZCC also asserted that homosexuality is “out of step with Zimbabwean tradition and culture.”

In July, the 71-year-old Mugabe, in office since 1988, called homosexual groups “immoral and repulsive.” He said “sodomists and sexual perverts” had no rights in the country. Granting rights to homosexuals, Mugabe said, would harm the moral fabric of Zimbabwe and lead to special rights for those who sought to engage in bestiality and drug addiction.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is seeking assurances from the Zimbabwean government that Mugabe’s remarks will not result in harassment of homosexual delegates to the WCC’s Eighth Assembly, scheduled in 1998 in Zimbabwe.

“It is important that we dispel the possibility of misunderstanding or conflict,” says Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the WCC.

Two More Catholic Nuns Assassinated

Another pair of Roman Catholic nuns in Algeria were murdered last month, bringing to ten the number of Catholic clerics and religious workers killed in the North African country since May 1994.

Unknown assailants shot Sisters Bibiane, 65, and Angele-Marie, 62, in the head while the nuns walked home from vespers in the Algiers district of Belcourt September 3. Bibiane, born Denise Leclerc, was French, and ...

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