Only a few years back, homosexuality was only whispered not overtly discussed in Cameroon, but that is radically changing. Signs of a shift in perception have been lingering for quite a while. First, Cameroon’s Head of State called on the media to respect people’s private lives when some tabloids published lists of supposed homosexuals in Cameroon. The courts then took the relay baton sentencing the papers that published the lists. Before the public could catch its breath after this unprecedented media effrontery, the government; still the government, ratified the Maputo Protocol, whose laudable precepts defending the rights of the African woman, did not only render many sleepy-eyed, but were also carefully crafted to defy the Church’s and Africa’s moral values. What did the government expect? What goes around comes around!
“Light of the World” Regarding certain readings of the text
Following the publication of the interview-book Light of the World by Benedict XVI, a number of erroneous interpretations have emerged which have caused confusion concerning the position of the Catholic Church regarding certain questions on sexual morality.
The Cameroon government has rejected a European Union FCFA 200 million financial package to support the activities of associations defending the rights of homosexuals in Cameroon. The decision followed an audience the Minister for External Relations, Eyebe Ayissi, granted a European Union representation in Cameroon recently.
Roads in Cameroon are some of the most unsafe in the world. Many drivers and pedestrians do not respect the Highway Code and thousands are killed every year as a result. Some drivers consider the duty to respect certain regulations that reduce traffic risks and dangers as humiliating and others even find them intolerable. The obligatory nature of such regulations often goes unnoticed. It has been shown that many problems related to traffic and poor road usage are spiritual. Spiritual considerations in solving these problems are therefore indispensable. You can be ignorantly contributing to making Cameroon’s roads unsafe, but ignorance is no excuse before the law. Find out how the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People can help you fight unworthy road conduct.
These Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road, which is looked after by a specific Department of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, are the outcome of a great endeavour entailing listening, reflection and insight.
Driving means coexisting Coexistence is a fundamental aspect of human beings and roads should therefore be more human. Motorists are never alone when they are driving, even when no one is sitting beside them. Driving a vehicle is basically a way of relating with and getting closer to other people, and of integrating within a community of people.
“In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” When adapted to the situation on our roads this adage can be, “On the road the huge vehicle is king” and indeed the slogan of an inter-urban bus agency is “King of the road”.