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Just in: Fresh Crisis Rocks Catholic Church Over Same-S3x Marriage

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Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have expressed disagreement with the position of Pope Francis on the blessing of same-s3x couples, which could be translated as endorsement of same-s3x marriage by the Catholic Church.

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, made this known while delivering his speech at the formal opening of the 2024 First Plenary Assembly of the CBCN on Sunday in Abuja.

The bishops said statements or declarations from the Holy See should expectedly foster unity and communion on matters of doctrine, morals and liturgy, but unfortunately, Fiducia Supplicans did otherwise, thus the declaration hurt the unity and catholicity of the Church.

“We must sincerely admit that the Declaration, Fiducia Supplicans (On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings), issued on 18th December, 2023, by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, has added to our pains.

“While the document prohibits liturgical blessings for same-s3x couples, it recommends at the same time spontaneous pastoral blessings for couples in irregular situations including the blessing of same-s3x couples.

“It further stressed that such pastoral blessings should not be imparted in concurrence with the ceremonies of a civil union, and not even in connection with them nor can it be performed with any clothing, gestures, or words that are proper to a wedding.

“Given the ambiguities in the Declaration, the document quickly aroused mixed reactions of acceptance, sceptical reserve and outright rejection from Episcopal Conferences and individual Bishops across the world,” Ugorji said.

He noted that with the media hype that ambushed the text, its publication generated shock, outrage and disbelief among the faithful in Nigeria as elsewhere in Africa and other parts of the world, with many devout Catholics in the communities wondering how a Priest could bless same-s3x couples who live permanently in a sinful union without causing confusion and scandal.

“In the midst of this confusion and pushback, we must, as Pastors with the pastoral task of safeguarding the deposit of faith in its purity and integrity, uphold the teaching of the Church based on Holy Scripture and Tradition.

“We shouldn’t be conformed to this world but be transformed by renewing your minds, so we may discern what the Will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect. We must continue to teach our faithful that there is no possibility of blessing same-s3x couples or same-s3x unions in the Church in Africa.

“Homos3xual acts are of grave depravity which are intrinsically disordered and, above all, contrary to natural law. In furtherance of our pastoral and prophetic mission, we must also continue to stress that God loves the sinner unconditionally and calls him to repentance so that he might live,” he added.

Also speaking, the Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, said that the theme of the CBCN Conference, ‘Synod on Synodality: Focusing on Areas of Concern for the Church in Nigeria’, was an opportunity to get clearer information or education on several issues concerning the Church and its doctrine.

“The Divine Physician does not only prescribe prayer, almsgiving and fasting. He also calls us to walk together in synodality which is part of the theme for the conference. Synodality has its roots in the early Christian community.

“But the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has given it prominence in his bid to emphasize the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit, and to the voices of all segments of the faithful in decision making in the Church, where decisions are made collectively, and the community’s well-being takes precedence over individual interests; where dialogue is promoted, and active participation encouraged.

“No matter what some people might think, synodality is not about changing the traditional rudiments of Catholic faith and practice or legitimizing the ill effects of secularism.

“Synodality resonates with our African culture because we always do things together as a family and we consult the members of the family to take collective decisions, based on the African principle.

“We have a duty to listen to the rest of the universal church, just as our African culture, ethics and morality have much to offer to our universal family, the Church. The opposite of synodality is clericalism which Pope Francis calls a ‘scandal’,” Kaigama stated.

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BREAKING: Wike, Atiku Meet At PDP Caucus Meeting Ahead Of NEC

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, are currently attending the National Caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

The duo, who sought the presidential ticket of the party for the 2023 election, are among stakeholders at the meeting holding at Bauchi Governors’ lodge behind ECOWAS secretariat in Asokoro.

Details shortly…

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BREAKING: Court Grants EFCC Warrant to Arrest Ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, warrant to arrest the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Justice Emeka Nwite granted the warrant on Wednesday, April 17, at the instance of the EFCC.

According to the Judge, Bello’s arrest is preparatory to his arraignment on Thursday, April 18.

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Condemnations Trail Adeleke’s Osun’s New Logo

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There have been widespread condemnations on social media following the release of the new Osun State logo by Governor Ademola Adeleke-led administration.

The medium earlier reports that Governor Adeleke while assenting to a bill adopting the new logo for the state, described the new symbol as a signal of new rebirth.

He said the new logo is significant because it rhymes and meaningfully represents the state’s historic anthem, values, and tradition.

According to him, “I am elated to sign this new Logo into law as a signal of rebirth of our dear State. The new logo is significant because it rhymes and meaningfully represents our historic anthem, our values and tradition”.

The development has however generated a lot of reactions on social media with netizens berating the choice of new the logo over the old one, calling the government’s attention to other important issues rather than focusing on the logo.

The following are some of the reactions:

@MasterMaliq said: The logo is not fine jare.. looks very local.😒take a look at the Lagos and Oyo state Logo.

@CASAnovaPremium: This logo is awful. A baby graphic designer would do a better job.

@ADE_T_ADELEYE: Osunmo Òpèlè Ifa Ojina si Logo Agbekoya. Graphics Designer might be from @InsideOsogbo or Okuku

@QasimOdetara: And the state paid someone to design this? Haba! Even a appreciate graphics designer must not present this to a whole state. What is this?? They should just leave the former logo. It is well designed and looks very mature.

@T_pappy10: What’s this ??? Lmao 😂😂😂.

@DonAlfonso99: The Y has to be clearly depicted. The logo is not even attractive. But the picture is illustrated well 👏

@tifesings: Petition to cancel and redesign a befitting logo for Osun State.

@m4V3_: Is this the A/B testing phase or its yet to pass through that?

@Ladeyoriju: I’m glad you mentioned gold. What exactly is the Governor/Government doing to bring the mindless greed influenced gold mining in certain towns within the state to a halt? These miners keep destroying farms, residential spaces and environment in general. What the heck?

@PeterROCK: All the nonsense you’ve written here throw it in the bin. Circle this, earth mountain…… throw it in the trash. Gtbanks logo is a literal rectangle.

@realolabid: And someone actually approve of this poor excuse for a logo? There are many talented designers out there who could do a much better job. In fact, it would have been a great initiative to organize a contest for designers to create a new logo for the state.

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