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May 21, 2018

Same-sex Marriage As A Philosophy of Humanism (2)

THE IMPLICATIONS OF HUMANIST MANIFESTO For those who deny the existence of God, the Humanist Manifesto represents the best of human thought today.  We have to note, too,  that Manifesto has within it the origins of most contemporary movements, philosophies as well as theologies. The influence of humanism has been patently pervasive. The humanists have formed modern society. They cloak evil in the nebulous garb of scholarly discourse and good intentions. When they say that their Manifesto “transcends the narrow allegiances of church, state, party, class or race” they tend to parody the Pauline message to the Galatians: “For it…

VOLUNTARY POVERTY, SIGN OF THE KINGDOM

Man in his moral reflection has always seen in wealth and possessions the danger of alienation.  In the history of thought and Religion there is an appeal for detachment from material things in view of the liberation and realization of the human persons.  Evangelical poverty is on this level.  It does not deny it rather it transcends it.  It is not moralistic or centered on man but on the person of Jesus.  Evangelical poverty is a consequence of faith in Jesus and in the coming of the Kingdom of God.  Jesus wanted to be poor and preached poverty not only…

Imo gets 16 new Perm Secs – Dr. Iwuagwu for Education

The Imo State governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at the Government House Owerri, swore in 16 new Permanent Secretaries for the Imo State civil service. The swearing in ceremony which witnessed a huge gathering of friends and well-wishers at the Government House was the actual confirmation of the senior civil servants who were appointed acting permanent secretaries about a month ago. Speaking at the occasion, Governor Okorocha congratulated the new Perm Secs on their appointment. He urged them to work hard to meet up with the expectations of his rescue mission agenda. He challenged them to…

New Yorkers Welcome Defeat of Abortion Bill

“A Remarkable Victory for Unborn Children” Here is a statement from the New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the Bishops of New York State in public policy matters: The failure of a last-ditch hostile amendment to try to effect passage of the Abortion Expansion Act is a remarkable victory for unborn children, as well as vulnerable women and girls who so often face unrelenting societal and family pressure to abort. The result is, quite literally, the answer to prayer. More accurately, it is the answer to millions of prayers by men, women and children of every faith from every…

THE CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO HAS CHOSEN CHRIST AND FOLLOWS HIM

In all religions the great spiritual masters had disciples who were assiduous in their teaching and preoccupied with preserving their words.  We find the phenomenon also in the Bible (1R), though this configured in a particular way because the people lived in a regime of covenant and faith.  Covenant is not founded on traditions of master and disciples but on itself.  Certainly, the chosen people needed guides to orient them in the interpretation of faith in events.  This necessity was, however, provisional and the prophets expected a future in which God Himself the hearts of people without the mediation of…

Statement on Supreme Court’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Rulings by the United States Catholic Bishops

Here is the US bishops’ statement in response to the Supreme Court decisions handed down today regarding same-sex “marriage.” The court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and refused to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex “marriage.” * * * Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage…

LESBIANISM: The Re-birth Of “Sodom And Gomorah” In Imo State

It is very sad to note that a very alarming and dangerous trend called “Lesbianism” is now sweeping our young innocent girls off their feet at an alarming speed here in our state.   PARENTS & GUARDIANS: After reading this piece, it might shock you to find out that some of your daughters are now Lesbians. Our innocent girls in secondary and even primary schools are the most “vulnerable ones” and victims of their “unsuspecting already Lesbian friends”.   DANGEROUS WITCHES IN OUR MIDST (Lesbians) or Call them “GENTLE LIONS” turns out finally to be witches. Who are these Lesbians?…

Letter of Appreciation

Your Grace;   I am sending this letter of thanks and the article I wrote for The Wanderer on our recent pro-life mission trip to Nigeria.  It is also coming to you by mail, but I am sending it this way just in case the mailed letter gets lost or long delayed. – Brian Clowes   Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna Archbishop of Owerri Villa Assumpta Post Office Box 85 Owerri, Imo State Nigeria June 18, 2013   Your Grace;   I have returned safely to my family and friends and have recovered from jet lag.  Now all I have…

FUTO VC counts blessings, challenges – After two years in office

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka (KSM) was two years in office on June 19, 2013, having assumed office on June 19, 2011. To mark the second anniversary as the 6th substantive Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Asiabaka addressed the press, June 17, during which he counted his blessings, prospects and challenges. Reflecting on the past two years, Asiabaka said: “We have indeed made remarkable and commendable progress towards re-positioning this university to world class standard”, adding that the laudable success which they have recoded so far would not have been possible without the support…

A Sincere Rescue for Pensioners

“Nos morituri….We who are about to die, salute thee” Five or six top officers, cheeks glowing with evidence of good living, are seated round an impressive oval table, concluding the disbursement of funds for the month having the other day received the monthly allocation from the federation Account. They have been at it for the past two hours and are in the process of winding up. Hesitatingly, one of them, after a glance at the uncommitted balance in the working paper, asks “ em……em…., how about the pensioners?” Two others impatiently retorted in unison, “What about them?” The first speaker,…

Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Pope Francis: ”Pope is an extraordinary humanity, on fire with the Spirit of Christ”

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met for the first time in the Vatican since they both took over leadership positions in their respective Churches mid-March. They got on very well together, according to persons accompanying them. They sat and talked together in private for over thirty minutes in the Pope’s library on June 14, with the aid of an interpreter. Afterwards they prayed together and had lunch together with their respective delegations, in the Domus Sancta Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where Pope Francis now lives. “It was a personal visit. And the private conversation with Pope…

Help your Students to Succeed – Fr. Onwana; As FUTO NFCS Finalists embark on Pew Project for Chaplaincy

– NFCS kicks off Federation Week Lecturers in the higher institutions of learning in Nigeria have been challenged to see themselves as positive tools for the survival of students entrusted to them in their various specialties. Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onwana made the clarion call while preaching a homily on Sunday, June 9, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy, FUTO in a concelebrated Mass to support the Pew Project embarked upon by the graduating students of the chaplaincy known as VICTORIOUS 2008 Set. In his soul searching reflection, Fr. Onwana said that the Sunday’s readings challenge Christians to a positive…

International Pro-Life Conference ends in Owerri

– What the Resource Persons said A two-day Pro-Life International Conference organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri ended with a rally along the streets of Owerri, Imo State capital, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Delivering the homily at the Eucharistic celebration which heralded the event, Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V. Obinna noted that the conference has coincided with the memorial feast of Charles Lwanga and his companions – African martyrs who were executed by a king in their insistence never to betray their faith.  “The blood of the martyrs is the seed  the church.  Hence, Charles Lwanga and his companions, the…

THE GRATUITOUS LOVE OF GOD OVERCOMES SIN

One of the fundamental themes of St. Luke’s gospel is the self manifestation of Jesus as One who saves sinners.  In this sense He already proclaims Himself God because in the consciousness of the Jews only God can forgive sins.   SIN IS THE DEATH OF MAN Sin is the rejection of communion with God and the breaking up of people convoked by God.  Offence to God is therefore a true and radical alienation of man from God.  Sin is the death of man.  Man is close to himself to the extent he is close to others.  He truly arrives…

UNITED IN GOD FOR LIFE

A Declaration issued at the end of the Pro-life Conference/ Rally at the Obiri Odenigbo, Villa Assumpta, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, June 3rd – 4th, 2013. As our society is experiencing the dangerous encroachment of the culture of death from without and within, the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri continues its Pro-life Mission by organizing a two-day Pro-life Conference with the theme: “Protecting Human Life from Conception to Natural Death.” Pro-lifers from Nigeria, Europe and America participated in the Conference and Rally. The predominant evils of same-sex union, pornography, abortion, contraception, euthanasia, baby factory, anti-life bills and laws and the negative…

Too Many of God’s Children Still Go to Bed Hungry- G8 Bishops

…Urge Governments to Focus on Nutrition Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined the bishops’ conferences of the Group of 8 nations (G8) to urge national leaders to protect the poor and assist developing countries at the upcoming G8 Summit in the United Kingdom. In a letter from Monday, the bishops urged leaders to focus on agriculture and nutrition ahead of the G8 Meeting. “In a world that has made great strides in improving food production and distribution, far too many of God’s children still go to bed hungry or suffer from…

Knights in Nsukka rise in defence of the unborn child

The Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, St. Peter’s Sub-Council based at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, took this year’s battle in defence of the unborn child outside Nsukka urban on Sunday, April 21, 2013. In groups of 10 each, their members attended Masses in five different parishes in Orba, Obukpa, Ovoko and Ibagwa-Aka to deliver Pro-life sensitization talks and interact with members of the congregation in the fight against abortion. For all Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, this is a yearly exercise nationwide to mark the Day of the Unborn Child.  It is expected that through this means,…

MEN OF GOD AS DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA

Quite instinctively, Nigerians see any person who goes by the name, “man of God” as a demigod. Some of us who are familiar with societal arrangement and power-relations in the Nigerian society and are able to make comparisons with what obtains outside the shores of the country never cease to marvel at the enormous powers the “man of God” wields in Nigeria. Being a “man of God” becomes a veritable privileged position that gives one access to nearly every good thing under heaven. Perhaps this state of affairs is not bad in itself, for what is wrong giving due respect…

Dr Sam Madugba – “I won’t compromise my integrity”

There will be no breeding place for mosquitoes in Owerri, if Dr Samuel Iheanacho Madugba has his way. He will rid the town of litter, drain the gutters and ensure adequate refuse collection. Dr Sam will create temporary dumps on Douglas road and Ekeonunwa, even if it means knocking down a few buildings. Monthly clean ups will be compulsory, continuous and regulated. People won’t wait for a week, month or even a year to have the garbage removed from streets. But that’s not all. The goodly doctor will take the cleanup campaign to schools also. He will ensure children are…

MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

BREAD AND WINE FOR THE LIFE OF MEN Banquet is a fact so profoundly human that it reflects in all religious and among all peoples a familiar and social significance, a significance of human solidarity and of cult.  It even has the capacity of symbolizing communion with the dead and with God.  Such significance and capacity already stressed in the old covenant acquire an immense increase in the new, in “Coena Domini”.   OFFERING OF BREAD AND WINE, SPONTANEOUS ACT OF CULT TO CREATOR One of the most typical figures of the Bible is the pagan priest – King Melchizedek…