Ghanas kardinal Peter Turkson er i spil som kandidat til posten som den romersk-katolske kirkes overhoved. På Uriasposten udtrykkes der håb på hans vegne, fordi den sorte kardinal, ifølge en venstreorienteret blog, skal have vist en islam-kritisk film i Vatikanet. Og Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson synes ganske rigtigt at være en sand kristen. Fra National Catholic Register:
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said some of the sanctions imposed on homosexuals in Africa are an “exaggeration,” but argued that the “intensity of the reaction is probably commensurate with tradition.”
Referring to the issue of stigma surrounding homosexuality in Africa, the cardinal said it is important to understand the reasons behind it. “Just as there’s a sense of a call for rights, there’s also a call to respect culture, of all kinds of people,” he said. “So, if it’s being stigmatized, in fairness, it’s probably right to find out why it is being stigmatized.”
Moreover, the cardinal called for a distinction to be made between moral issues and human rights.
“We [the Church] push for the rights of prisoners, the rights of others; and the last thing we want to do is infringe upon the rights of anyone. But when you’re talking about what’s called ‘an alternative lifestyle,’ are those human rights?” the cardinal said. “He [Ban ki-moon] needs to recognize there’s a subtle distinction between morality and human rights, and that’s what needs to be clarified.”
In Hoc Signo Vinces.