Malawi Catholic group backs Madonna adoption

With several NGOs contesting the adoption of a Malawian boy by Madonna, the Catholic justice and peace commission in Malawi's capital has issued a statement backing the American singer.

Ecumenical News International reports that Madonna, who has often been at loggerheads with the Church in which she was brought up, was praised for adopting David Banda, a poor Malawian from a central region district.

The statement by the Catholic commission ran counter to some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have railed against the adoption, charging that Malawi's laws do not allow inter-country adoption.

"The acceptance, love, esteem, material, emotional, educational and spiritual concern of every child that comes in to this world should always constitute a distinctive, essential characteristic of all Christians, in particular of the Christian family," the commission statement says.

Those NGOs are contesting the adoption in court and the case was to proceed in the Lilongwe High Court this week. International media crews are camped out Lilongwe, Malawi's capital, awaiting the outcome of the hearing.

The human rights' organizations that went to court to block the adoption of the boy also drew the wrath of some Malawians. Apart from arguing that the law does not provide for cross-border adoption, the contesting NGOs also argue that Madonna decided to adopt the boy for a publicity stunt.

They contend that if she wanted to help the boy she could leave him in the orphanage that was caring for him and allow him to grow among his own people while providing him with financial support.

In another development the adoption sparked a showing of rare unity between Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika and John Tembo, a bitter opponent, who heads the Malawi Congress Party. Both politicians praised Madonna for adopting the David, whose two brothers had died before him in their infancy, according to their father, Yohane Banda.

Madonna has also reportedly pledged pay US$3 million to construct a new orphanage, ENI says.

Meanwhile Real Madrid soccer star and former England captain David Beckham told the BBC programme Focus on Africa on 9 November that he wants to assist AIDSs orphans in Malawi.

Catholic peace group hails Madonna's adoption of Malawian boy (Ecumenical News International)

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15 Nov 2006