Cardinal Peter Turkson Claims African “Tradition” Prevents Church Sex Abuse

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana is considered to be the second choice to become the next Pope. His comments this week regarding sex abuse in the church and homosexuality in Africa, however, are definitely side eye worthy. posted on

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During an interview this week with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, when asked if he was concerned that a church sex abuse scandal “could sweep through and emerge Africa,” the Cardinal responded: “Unfortunately not in the same proportion that we have seen in Europe. African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency. Because in several communities, in several cultures in Africa homosexuality or for that matter any affair between two sexes of the same kind are not countenanced in our society.” He added: So that cultural taboo, that tradition has been there. It has served to keep it out.”

Umm, what?

Speaking of the church’s future, The cardinal also noted that “we need to be true to being relevant in society.”

“Unfortunately not in the same proportion that we have seen in Europe. African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency.”

“Because in several communities, in several cultures in Africa homosexuality or for that matter any affair between two sexes of the same kind are not countenanced in our society.”

He added: “So that cultural taboo, that tradition has been there. It has served to keep it out.”

Speaking of the church’s future, the cardinal also noted that “we need to be true to being relevant in society.”

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