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August 15, 2018

The Catholic Church and abolition of Osu Caste System in Igbo land: Locating the problem

  Several efforts have been made by the Catholic Church and concerned stakeholders of Igbo society in South Eastern Nigeria for abolition of Osu caste system to free them from bondage, stigma, odium and to balance the equality of man at different stratum in our contemporary Igbo society as well as consolidate man’s reconciliation with God through salvation of Christ, according to the Christian theology. Effort made by secularists to abolish Osu Caste system has yielded below 30% positive result due to man’s dogmatic attitude towards a traditional dogma developed for unknown reason. From a secular perspective, the total abolition…

Archbishop Obinna visits Holy Family Uratta

Archbishop Obinna visits Holy Family Uratta

…Confirms about 120 candidates As crusade against Osu/Ume/Diala divide continued to dominate the pastoral teachings and directives of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, his pastoral visit to Holy Family Catholic Parish Uratta, Owerri North LGA last Sunday was not different as the Archbishop descended heavily on the segregative syndrome. The Archbishop who arrived the Catholic community the previous day where he had interactive session with parishioners and community members also administered on the visit the Sacrament of confirmation on no fewer than 120 candidates. Preaching on Sunday at the Eucharistic celebration, the Chief shepherd said…

Archbishop Obinna inaugurates 2018 Odenigbo Committee

…Appoints new Pastoral Council Chairman The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has inaugurated the Committee for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture. Speaking at the ceremony held at Obiri-Odenigbo (Odenigbo Pavilion), February 9, Archbishop Obinna expressed satisfaction with the progress Odenigbo lecture has made so far, especially with regards to speaking Igbo Language proudly in public gatherings. He reiterated that he conceived the idea of Odenigbo, when he was studying overseas, before he became bishop, adding that the main trust of Odenigbo was to use Igbo Language to preach the word of God to enable it…

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

…Confirms 105 St. James Catholic Parish Nnorie, in the Ngor Okpala LGA, last Sunday (Sept 24) received kudos for the excellent performance of the candidates it presented for the Sacrament of confirmation. The commendation came from no less a personality, than the chief shepherd himself, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, who was on a two-day pastoral visit to the church. The occasion was the Holy Mass for the administration of the sacrament of confirmation celebrated during the second day of his pastoral visit (Saturday Sept 23 to Sunday Sept 24, 2017). The essence…

Enugu State abolishes Osu/Ohu caste

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, announced the abolition of ‘Osu’/‘Ohu’ caste practice in the state. The governor who described the practice as ‘satanic’ said the abolition takes immediate effect. The governor, during a protest by some indigenes of Obuno Ndi Uno community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state, said on no account should anybody be described as a slave (ohu) in the community. Osu or ohu is a practice in some parts of Igbo land which proscribes some individuals as outcasts. Such individuals who are also indigenes are referred to as slaves (ohu) in…

The Osu-caste System: The unfortunate apartheid in Igboland

Among the obnoxious, outrageous and devastating traditions and beliefs in lgboland is the ‘Osu-casste system’ which has in different places both in the past and present becomes a key of disunity, humiliation, infringements and isolation in the places where they are practiced. Osu-caste system according to Okafor J.N, is an ideology of class domination that incorporates the beliefs that a particular class of people is to be disinherited and excluded from association, with others, either because they are themselves victims of ritual offering or they are descended from those who were victims. (Okafor, J.N., The Challenge of Osu Caste System…

Jubilation as Archbishop Obinna visits IHM Parish Orji

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Orji, Owerri was in festive mood Sunday October 30, following the visit of Most. Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. Indications that the parish was agog for the pastoral visit were evident in the large turnout of parishioners, who dressed in their various group uniforms, the cleanliness of the premises and excitement in the faces of the 400 confirmation candidates adorned in immaculate white dresses. There was  spontaneous shouts of joy as gun salute heralded the arrival of the Archbishop and his pastoral team. Introducing the Mass, the Archbishop expressed satisfaction not only…

Osu, Ume, Diala practice so Abhorent – Royal Father

More abominations are being committed in Igbo land now than ever, yet no one is being punished. You cannot hold anyone’s neck to the fire forever because of the sins of his fathers, especially if those sins are now being committed with impunity. This is basically the argument of His Royal Highness, Eze. Dr. Lucky Okoro, Okoroagbara V of Eziobodo Kingdom and Ezeoha III of Eziobodo Autonomous Community, as he added his voice to the clarion call for Ndigbo to abolish the obnoxious Osu Caste system. “It is agonising to know that even with the proliferation of churches and aggressive…

Confiliating Americans: Recti-valuing One Another (2)

A Theology and Practice of Reconfiliation By+ Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna Archbishop of Owerri Full text of lecture Archbishop Obinna delivered at Beeson Divinity School on the Campus of Sanford University, Birmingham, Alabama USA recently. The Archbishop was invited to give a talk at the conference with the theme: Black+ White in America: How deep the divide?   A Fresh Delight – A Preface In the summer of the year 2003 I had the joy of speaking to a broad American Audience in Charleston, South Carolina, thanks to the kind invitation of the Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, Bishop…

KSM Osu Sub-Council elects new Exco, honours past officers

The GK with the Chaplain and other Awardees, KSM Osu Sub-Council during the  2014 end of  year event. The leadership of Knights of St. Mulumba Osu Sub-Council changed batons recently and the newly elected officers were accorded official reception on Saturday, December 20, 2014.  Venue was the Sub-Council Secretariat located at St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral Parish Osu Isiala Mbano. The occasion also featured presentation of plaques of honour to the Chaplain and Principal Officers, and the 2014 Annual Harvest/Bazaar of the Sub-Council.  All events began with Holy Mass presided over by the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, Vicar-General, who in…

Ikenegbu aglow as Archbishop Obinna visits Maria Goretti Parish

For more than one week, the residents of Ikenegbu Layout, a highbrow area of Owerri, Imo State capital, was agog, excitedly awaiting the Pastoral Visit of Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish Ikenegbu.  Catholics and non-Catholics showed a loving interest in the maiden Pastoral Visit. It was therefore not surprising that the residents, trooped out in their large numbers to Wethedral Road, on Saturday, June 8, 2013, to receive the Archbishop and his entourage. Those who did not go for the boundary reception watched the prelates ”triumphant entry” into Ikenegbu from…

LSM Osu launches for Bus

The Sancta Paula Osu Sub-Council of the Noble Order Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria has received kudos for its sustained co-operation and support for the church especially in matters relating to the faith and funding. The Chaplain, Osu Sub-Council KSM, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, made the commendation as he preached a homily during the Mass that preceded launching for funds to buy an official bus organized by the Ladies of the Noble Order, Osu Sub-Council, held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the KSM Sub-Council Hall located at the St. Paul’s Parish Osu Isiala Mbano.  He dwelt extensively on the…