Recently a friend send me a link to a story titled ‘Pope Blesses Uganda’s Rebecca “Kill The Gays” Kadaga’ from a blog called Joe. My. God. (this story can be found here). In short, the author writes about a recent blessing of Rebecca Kadaga by Pope Benedict XVI. Rebecca Kadaga is the Ugandan Parliament Speaker and is known as the main pusher of a law that would allow for individuals who engage in some type of homosexual act (this includes engaging in sexual acts to even supporting someone that is gay) punishable by life in prison (According to Wikipedia, the law was changed at the end of Nov 2012 to remove the death penalty as a punishment). Rebecca Kadaga has stated that she would like to have this bill passed to Christmas 2012 as a “Christmas Present” for the supports of the bill.
Doing a search on Google in regards to this topic, I seen that the only ones covering Rebecca Kadaga trip to the Vatican was being done by gay friendly websites as well as the Parliament of The Republic of Uganda website. This is what the Parliament of The Republic of Uganda wrote about the meeting:
Pope Benedict XVI has given blessings to Uganda Parliament Speaker Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga during a mass attended by thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican Wednesday.
Kadaga who led a delegation of Ugandan legislators to the Vatican expressed delight at meeting the Pope and visiting St Peter’s Basilicca.
“I think this is a moment that cannot be repeated. We have been reading about him, hearing stories about St.Peter’s Basilica but now we are here physically. I think it is something that I will remember all my life. Its a very great moment and I thank God for this opportunity,” she said minutes after meeting the Pope.
The Speaker dedicated to all Ugandans readings from the book of St.Mark which the Pope quoted in several languages during the Vatican mass.
I personally believe that Pope Benedict XVI should have pointed out that this law went to far when he meet with Rebecca Kadaga. In the Bible there is a story of a women that is bought before Jesus when she was found to be committing adultery. The people wanted to stone this women to death because they said this is what the laws of Moses say to do. Jesus said to these people “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. (John 8:7)”. One can be against homosexuality, but can also stand up for those being threaten by life in prison or death just for being gay. It is important for us a Christians to stand up for people that are being judged and facing harsh punishment just as Jesus did in John 8.
Do you think the Pope should have meet with Rebecca Kadaga and given her a blessing? Is the blessing given by Pope Benedict XVI an endorsement of her support for such a harsh punishment for someone that is gay? Should this blessing have been covered by more media outlets to draw attention to what is happening in Uganda? Should we speak up to leaders like Pope Benedict XVI to be a voice for all those that are being prosecuted?