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Cardinal Wilfred Napier tweets about abortion‚ apologies‚ Brexit and Nkandla

Deneesha Pillay | 2016-07-12 14:53:06.0
Citing estimates done by the Guttmacher Institute‚ Cardinal Napier took to Twitter to say that of the 57 million abortions performed in the United States since 1973‚ about 31% were performed on black foetuses. File photo
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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier‚ former leader of the Catholic Church in South Africa‚ is stirring up debate – in thought-provoking bursts of 140 characters - questioning the need for the church to apologise to homosexuals.

Instead‚ he suggested that an apology should rather go to black women in the United States‚ for the alarmingly high rate of abortions that continue among the minority group which he likened to “a genocide”.

Citing estimates done by the Guttmacher Institute‚ Cardinal Napier took to Twitter to say that of the 57 million abortions performed in the United States since 1973‚ about 31% were performed on black foetuses.

"That figure starts looking like a genocide when one factors in that Black women make up only 13% of total number of women in USA.

"Isn't this something we should be apologising for?" he asked.

This after Napier had questioned German Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Florida Bishop Robert Lynch‚ who blamed the Catholic Church for creating a hostile environment towards homosexuals‚ while addressing the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida‚ US.

Napier’s series of tweets was picked up last week by international Catholic news publication‚ The Catholic Register. The newspaper called him “one of the more active tweeters in the College of Cardinals”.

The outspoken church leader‚ as opposed to many other leaders in the Catholic faith‚ freely expresses his views and opinions on social media‚ offering commentary on religious‚ political and general current affairs.

“God help us! Next we’ll have to apologise for teaching that adultery is a sin! Political Correctness (PC) is today’s major heresy!” he tweeted.

Anna Cox‚ spokesman for the Professional Conduct Committee of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)‚ told TMG Digital that were no specific social media policies in place as a guideline for Catholic church leaders.

“We leave it to the discretion of the priest‚ bishop or cardinal so it is in fact complete freedom of expression‚” she said.

Adding that the church was slightly “behind” with regards to utilising social media platforms‚ Cox said the use of social media by religious leaders was strongly encouraged. “Many of our priests and bishops are a little scared of expressing their views on these platforms‚ as they feel they might say the wrong thing.

“So we are a little slow at adapting with the times‚ however‚ it is encouraged that they do use social media as it is indeed a form of evangelisation‚” said Cox.

In response to some of Napier's sentiments related to his views on abortion in the US‚ Twitter user @mikeseanfisher said "take your complaint to the black women who endlessly fight for the right to abort their black babies".

While @trailduster6bt said: "@CardinalNapier AMEN! As an American‚ I am wholly ashamed of these facts‚ history will remember us as evil monsters!"

@Kendra69704562 added: “@CardinalNapier Not catholic‚ but am thrilled to learn of your public attempt to spread the truth of planned parenthood origins.”

According the SACBC website‚ Napier is described as an “exceptionally warm‚ compassionate and down-to-earth man with a ready sense of humour”‚ who is loved and respected by everyone who comes into contact with him.

Earlier this year‚ he resigned as Archbishop of Durban. After serving as cardinal for 15 years‚ the Catholic church confirmed that he submitted his resignation to Pope Francis.

Napier celebrated his 75th birthday on March 8 and in line with Canon Law‚ he was required to step down. However‚ his title as Cardinal Napier will remain.

In his own words:

Cardinal Wilfred Napier’s views on Brexit‚ Nkandla‚ politics and refugees – on twitter:

@CardinalNapier: 1/3 Guttmacher Institute estimates that since 1973 USA has aborted 57 million+ babies! Isn't this something we should be apologizing for?

@CardinalNapier: 2/3 Of those 57 million+ babies disproportionate number‚ +/- 31% have been Black! Isn't that also something we should be apologizing for?

@CardinalNapier: 3/3 That figure starts looking like a genocide when one factors in that Black women make up only 13% of total number of women in USA.

@CardinalNapier: Gee! England have really taken the Brexit Referendum seriously! Even their Soccer Eleven has withdrawn from Europe!

@CardinalNapier: During liberation struggle a strategy was to:"Make the country ungovernable"! Today by supreme irony‚ same strategy is aimed at ANC governmt

@CardinalNapier: Given Pope Francis' condemnation of abortion‚ one has to ask: Did he know Emma Bonino's history? Was he properly informed? If not why not?

@CardinalNapier: When I asked: "What's it with Twitter.."it was because so many Tweeters lose reason‚ manners‚ common courtesy‚ humanity‚ not to mention love

@CardinalNapier: Since "Politics" is the ordering of society towards the common good‚ it is absolutely necessary that the light of God's Word critique it!

@CardinalNapier: Current influx of Refugees = an acid test for "post-Christian" Europe which must prove its advocacy for human rights is principled & actual!

@CardinalNapier: Amazing! First our President didn't know what work was done on his home at Inkandla‚ then his Deputy didn't know he was in Gupta's plane!

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