A number of African Bishops, from the region around Kenya, where Obama's father lives, have taken to treating the pro-abortion Democrat as though a sign from God, that the Catholic Church needs to repent and become more like America, and not the opposite, as some may have thought.
While the credibility of quotes by the Associated Press (AP), on issues involving Roman Catholicism, and American politics, has reduced significantly of late, with Pope Benedict XVI himself being directly and openly misquoted in favour of US president Barack Obama, their latest few, possibly out of context quotes, in their words, would seem hard to fake:
"Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana said on Wednesday that there was "a divine plan behind" Obama's election.
"It's like the biblical story repeating itself," he told journalists, citing the Old Testament figure Joseph who, after being sold into slavery in Egypt ends up becoming a top official.
"We believe God has his own plans. God directs history," he said of the US election. "We pray that it (Obama's presidency) brings blessings for Africa and the whole world."
"We [royal we, collaborators, Ghana's Bishops, the North/Central-African Bishops?] are definitely aware of it," Palmer-Buckle said[ referring to the concern of many of the US Catholic Bishops, over Obama's attempts to radically increase abortion funding, something the pope himself is concerned about- as seen in his recent greeting of the pro-abortion US ambassador to the Vatican.]. "But we feel it our duty to meet him and find out what are the things that unite us more than divide us."
Earlier this week, the Ghanian prelate leading the three-week meeting on the Church in Africa, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Cape Coast, Ghana, cited Obama's election in saying he didn't see any reason why there couldn't now be a black pope."(AP [Associated Press] (Secular; Independent; American; Has had a tendency to misquote Catholic figures, including the pope: recently) 07 / 10 / 2009)
The Archbishop, who we have confirmed is an archbishop, appears clearly to not only be judging purely on race, but to be insinuating a black superiority in future, by comparing races to the 12 brothers. The Cardinal, being a Cardinal is a possible candidate for a future pope, if they were to judge by the criteria of being black, rather than on merit, and orthodoxy- he would be even more likely to have a good chance. Obama's ancestors themselves were never slaves, his father is a citizen of Kenya, his mother a white American.
Another Bishop,archbishop Monsignor Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has claimed:
""If the election of a black as head of the USA was a divine sign and a sign from the Holy Spirit for the reconciliation of races and ethnic groups for peaceful relations ... this synod and the universal church would gain from not ignoring this primordial event of contemporary history which is far from being a banal game of political alliances," he said in his speech.
Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria gave more tangible reasons for praise in meeting with journalists.
"Obama has the authority to talk straight to our bad leaders and tell them they are messing up our countries," he said. Besides, he added, "In Africa we are always happy when our brother is big.""(AP [Associated Press] (Secular; Independent; American; Has had a tendency to misquote Catholic figures, including the pope: recently) 07 / 10 / 2009)
To attribute the election of Barak Obama to the Holy Spirit, is to place the responsibility for millions of additional deaths via abortion, on the shoulders of the Holy Spirit, a very serious accusation. That another claims that "we" are always happy when our "brother" is "big", seems to say that a white US president is not a brother to the bishop. Bush himself, a white man- focussed on Africa extensively.
Obama himself, has been seemingly racist, during his term in office- instantly taking the side of a black professor, over a white policeman in one event, and showing other activities which do not lend towards the perception the one bishop has of a uniter of men.
Fortunately, there are many many more bishops in Africa, the views of a few men do not constitute the views of multiple Bishops conferences. All of those involved seem to be from the same region, if not the same conference. All are from nearby Kenya, Obama's Father's country.
Further, the AP quotes are out of context, we cannot tell what the questions were, that said- they certainly contain words which mean something in any context. It would seem these bishops are saying that the colour of a man's skin is more important than whether an unborn child lives or dies, and than whether a political party has purposely misrepresented Catholic doctrine, dogma and Canon law on Abortion or not.
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