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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Catholic Bishops In Nigeria Vows To Resist Same Sex Marriage


Catholic bishops in Nigeria have reiterated their ha­tred and condemnation of same-sex marriage, advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to succumb to pressures coming from external governments and agencies to legalise gay mar­riage.

Also, they have commended the Federal Government for steps taken so far in tackling corruption and ter­rorism in the country.
The clerics, under the aegis of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ni­geria (CBCN), condemned all acts of homosexuality, describing them as sinful and opposed to natural law.
In a communique issued at the end of their second plenary meeting held at the Pastoral Centre, Igwuruta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, they called for a true conversion of heart.
According to them: “We observe with deep concern the rise of the ori­entation towards homosexuality and lesbianism, as well as bisexual and trans-gender activism in many parts of the world (perhaps not excluding our own).
“We reiterate our unreserved con­demnation of all acts of homosexuali­ty as sinful and opposed to the natural law of creation.
“We call on our government to continue to resist the attempt by some external governments and agencies to impose an acceptance of same-sex unions”.
The bishops, in the communique signed by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignati­us Kaigama and Secretary, Bishop of Gboko, Most Rev. William Avenya, said persons involved in such unnatu­ral acts needed assistance, and their rights respected.
Speaking on the state of the na­tion, the conference lauded President Buhari’s fight against corruption and insurgency, noting that the nation’s economy was in distress.
They enjoined the government and humanitarian agencies to commence immediate rehabilitation, reconstruc­tion and reconciliation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by terrorists’ attacks.
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