Panama: The Church Stands Up Against Same-sex Unions

December 02, 2020
Panama City Cathedral

The Rhine does not seem ready to flow into the Panama Canal: in the small country located on the isthmus connecting Central America to South America, the Church - unlike the German prelates - does not does not intend to give in on the question of “same-sex marriage.”

The homily given on November 22, 2020 in the Cathedral of Saint Mary by Mgr. Jose Domingo Ulloa, Archbishop of Panama City, leaves no room for ambiguity: “if we are citizens of the Kingdom of Christ, we cannot claim to follow and share attitudes and behaviors that violate the evangelical values ​​of our faith, such as abortion, same-sex unions, theft, dishonesty, and corruption,” explained the prelate.

Indeed, for more than a year, the question of the legalization of same-sex marriage has been at the heart of Panamanian political life: in October 2019, the deputies of the Parliament - unicameral, in the small republic - adopted several amendments to the Constitution of the country, including one that prevents any future legalization of same-sex unions.

It did not take much to trigger a violent wave of protest among progressive students, supported by powerful lobbies: such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights - based in Costa Rica, and whose purpose is to promote “fundamental rights” on the continent - asks Panama to recognize same-sex “marriage.”

The case of civil unions between people of the same sex is now in the hands of the Supreme Court of the country, which must in turn rule on the issue.

“Giving in to pressure and power groups would be incompatible with our faith: the gospel is not a fad,” warned Bishop Ulloa in his homily. A voice that we would like to be heard as far away as Rome.