On other matters, Palmer-Buckle affirmed that what Pope Francis recently described as “ideological colonialism,” meaning efforts by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international agencies to force the developing world to adopt a liberal sexual ethic on matters such as abortion and contraception, is not just a hypothesis.
“It’s very real, 100 percent. The pressure is definitely there,” he said. “It’s coming from the World Bank, the [International Monetary Fund], the [United Nations] Population Fund … all of them come with these ideologies.”
“It’s so secular, it’s almost anti-religious, and it’s espoused by all these agencies and NGOs,” he said.
Palmer-Buckle said that when he led Ghana’s smaller Koforidua diocese in the 1990s, he was responsible for four hospitals and 11 clinics, with a client base that was 85 percent non-Catholic and concentrated among the country’s poorest and most rural people. Yet he couldn’t get UN support, he said, because his facilities didn’t distribute contraception or offer abortion.
“I couldn’t get money to take care of malaria because we didn’t have the right positions on gender and so on,” he said.
Read the whole thing at Crux.