- Jan 22, 2020
The Archbishop of Dar es Salaam has asked the government of Tanzania to reject any foreign aid that is conditioned on accepting Western cultural norms regarding homosexuality.
Slum priest Father José María “Pepe” Di Paola told Argentina’s Chambers of Deputies that abortion is an imposition of the International Monetary Fund, putting a name on Pope Francis’s idea of “ideological colonization” in exchange for foreign aid.
In his most important foreign policy speech of the year, Pope Francis once again defied the usual categories of left v. right, voicing strong support for progressive causes such as nuclear disarmament, immigrant rights and battling climate change, but also stern opposition to abortion, assaults on the family and “ideological colonization.”
In his morning homily during his Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Vatican grounds, Pope Francis on Tuesday once again denounced what he calls “ideological colonization,” by which he means affluent societies imposing their worldview and values on poorer nations and cultures as a condition of economic assistance.
Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo of the Democratic Republic of Congo says that in many African societies, the Catholic Church historically has served as a substitute for the state, especially when those states have failed, explaining why Catholic prelates on the continent play such a directly political role in African affairs.
In another wide-ranging airborne news conference at the end of one of his foreign trips, Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the theme of “gender theory” that he raised on Saturday in Georgia, saying the Church must walk with trans persons but also resist the spread of what he called “ideological colonization.”