Kenya versus Kasper: Polygamy Is against the Will of God

Kenya versus Kasper: Polygamy Is against the Will of God

 en.news – 5/12/18

Polygamy “is against the will of God and we must desist from it,” Bishop Philip Anyolo of Homa Bay, the president of the Kenya bishops said at a news conference at the end of the bishops’ April plenary meeting.

Anyolo explained that the dignity of the family “must not be distorted by any human power.”

Archbishop, Martin Kivuva Musonde of Mombasa added that a sin is a sin even if it is committed by many people, “If everybody is stealing, does that mean we have to make it legal?”

Meanwhile Pope Francis and his follower Cardinal Walter Kasper have introduced polygamy into the Church by allowing married couples to separate and to co-habitate with new partners.

In October 2014 Kasper said about the sin of homosexuality that African cardinals – quote – “should not tell us too much what we have to do.” And: “You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries.”

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5 comments on “Kenya versus Kasper: Polygamy Is against the Will of God

  1. [The whole story: His Excellency also opposes polygamy in Kenya not only by non-Christians (pagans, Muslims and the Kenyan version of secularists) as well as by Christians (especially Pentecostals and – wonders of wonders – Anglicans) and some hypocritical Catholics who secretly practice it – including “catechists” who sometimes openly advocate it.]
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    Some Kenyan Christians support polygamy, but Catholic Church says no
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    Catholic News Service – Doreen Ajiambo – May 11, 2018
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    Catholic leaders in Kenya, where about 9 million of the country’s 47.6 million people are Catholic, oppose the practice of polygamy, which was legalized in the country in 2014.
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    NAIROBI, Kenya — Flanked by his three wives and 12 children in his grocery shop in Kenya’s biggest slum, Kibera, Gilbert Wandera said men should marry multiple wives to prevent single motherhood and to ensure that children have fathers in their lives.
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    “Getting a second or third wife is not a sin before God,” said Wandera, 38, who was a catechist, or Catholic religion teacher, for 10 years before the Church expelled him in 2013. “Men should go ahead and marry multiple wives like the biblical Solomon, who married many wives candidly.”
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    Polygamy is common in traditional communities in the East African country. But increasingly, many other Kenyan Christians share Wandera’s point of view.
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    In 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a law legalizing polygamy, despite criticism from women’s groups. Since then, proponents have called on male Kenyans to marry many women.
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    “If you can sustain five wives, have them,” said Gathoni Wamuchomba, a lawmaker from Kiambu in central Kenya and an aide to Kenyatta. “If you are a man and you are in a position to bring up many children, do it.”
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    Wamuchomba said raising children in the absence of their fathers leads to serious social problems, including increasing numbers of families living on the streets.
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    “We need to be honest. These children who are raised by single mothers, where are their fathers?” she asked.
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    But Catholic leaders in Kenya, where about 9 million of the country’s 47.6 million people are Catholic, oppose the practice.
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    Polygamy “is against the will of God and we must desist from it,” the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a recent statement. “We should uphold human dignity, and especially the dignity of the woman.”
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    Noting that the Church upholds the “sanctity of the family unit,” Bishop Philip A. Anyolo of Homa Bay, conference chairman, said Kenya’s leaders should work on “better ideas of promoting and protecting family values.”
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    It is “not proper for some of our leaders to purport to propose solutions (to social problems) by suggesting alternative forms of family,” he said at a news conference at the end of the bishops’ April plenary meeting in Nairobi.
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    “The dignity of the family must not be distorted by any human power, nor be changed for personal or social pleasure,” the bishops’ statement said, noting that the “protection and respect of the institution of the family is a responsibility of the state and the church.”
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    “Every citizen must learn to respect the family,” it said.
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    Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde of Mombasa said a sin is still a sin even if it is committed by many people.
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    “If everybody is stealing, does that mean we have to make it legal?” he asked at the news conference.
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    In the Catholic Church, polygamists may not receive the Eucharist, and polygamists who wish to be baptized must abandon the practice first. However, some other Christian churches take a different approach.
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    Thirty years ago, under pressure from bishops in Kenya and Uganda, the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion resolved to admit polygamists under certain circumstances.
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    The Rev. Vincent Mulwa of the Christ Pilgrim Restoration Centre, a Nairobi-based Pentecostal church, said the Bible has examples of “holy men with many wives” and therefore there should be “no problem” with Christians practicing polygamy.
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    “The number of wives or concubines that one has does not matter and is not a standard of holiness,” he said.
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    Crux reported that a survey of African Catholic theologians in the 1990s cited 23 female African Catholic theologians who argued that since mutuality and equality are biblical ideals, Scripture should not be used to justify polygamous marriage.
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    But one priest who asked not to be named told Catholic News Service that, in Kenya, many Catholics, including catechists, have more than one wife.
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    “They don’t want to do it openly because the Church doctrine doesn’t allow it. They know they will be expelled from the Church and condemned by everyone,” he said.
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    Wandera’s second wife, Everlyne Wekesa, said wives “are also trying to find our space in society” and should not be demonized.
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    “We need to have homes and children. It’s not easy to get men in Kenya who are ready to marry, and most women have to make do with those they get,” she said.
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    Kigochi Waimiri, chairman of the Gikuyu Cultural Association, said the group of elders that promotes traditional African culture in central Kenya is “fully behind the call for polygamy, but only for those able to support such families.”
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    “Those opposing polygamy are hypocrites, and some of them are in several secret relationships,” he said.

  2. The form of polygamy which Cardinal Kasper advocates is actually the churchly version of serial monogamy (divorce and remarriage), which many (including Christians) avail themselves of because of easy divorce.
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    Serial monogamy also exists in the Catholic Church because of easy annulments – not only in second but also third marriages, including some “good” and “conservative” Catholics, such as thrice-married, twice-divorced/-annulled convert Newt Gingrich (whose third and only Catholic wife Callista is currently US Ambassador to the Vatican) as well as Republican apparatchik Deal Hudson, also thrice-married, twice-divorced/-annulled and a convert with his third marriage to a Catholic.
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    Secularists in the Western world have borrowed from Africa (upon which they try to impose their Western secular practices of contraception and abortion, and upon whose people that oppose such they regard as “benighted”) a form of polygamy that they call “polyamory,” which has support in Western civilization from “conservative” religions that practice polygamy – such as Islam and non-mainstream Mormonism.

  3. Polygamy was a huge problem in Africa since the first Catholic priests ever came on the scene there, centuries ago. It is as edifying as it is surprising to see that certain African clergy are as outspoken as they are.
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    How in the name of common sense any man would ever conceive of the merest notion that he needed more than one spouse escapes me completely. If that is his desire he is morally disqualified from being married at all. He’s merely Hugh Hefner wearing a chicken bone necklace, running around in the brush, a satyr and not even a man.
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    God bless good African priests! They must be wildly unpopular which may partly explain their fierce courage.

  4. “Gilbert Wandera said men should marry multiple wives to prevent single motherhood and to ensure that children have fathers in their lives.”
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    This man is a johndonkey.
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    The ratio of males to females worldwide is approximately 1:1.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sex_ratio
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    Draw the necessary conclusion: Single motherhood is a moral problem, not a demographic one.
    God knows what He is doing.
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    Unfortunately, humans don’t.
    I mean they don’t know what God is doing OR what they themselves are doing.

    • Sed contra: Polygamy exacerbates the male-female ratio (by nature and nurture: 107:100 at birth and 101:100 overall) with more men than women eligible for monogamous marriage.
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      This male-female imbalance leads to socio-moral problems such as the abduction of women for wives, concubinage and/or slavery as well as the practice of male homosexuality, which is illegal in countries such as China and India with population control/abortion policies which encourage the feticide and infanticide of females because of the greater socio-economic value of males (see CWN item below).
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      While Islam condemns sodomy as immoral, it is tolerated in certain situations because of the absence of or from women. Buddhism and Hinduism have an ambiguous attitudes: Some branches have a long tradition of condemning it and others of allowing it – especially with modern secularism promoting it not only in the West but also in countries with a predominant number of adherents to those religions.
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      The above comments especially the latter are inspired by the following from the 5/15/18 Catholic World News:
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      Men outnumber women by 70 million in China, India
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      In China, men outnumber women by 34 million; in India, by 37 million.

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