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The African bishops leveled heavy criticism at the West for what Pope Francis has termed “ideological colonization,” in which Western nations have made the acceptance of legislation favoring “gay rights” and “same-sex marriage” contingent on receiving financial aid. Ugandan Archbishop John Baptist Odama called it “criminal.”

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said the working documents harbor a “subtle hopelessness” that could lead to “a spirit of compromise with certain sinful patterns of life and the reduction of Christian truths about marriage and sexuality. … This synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes.”

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