The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma, has released the Lenten Pastoral Guide for this year. The Lenten Document was contained in a booklet published and distributed to parishes at the first pastoral council meeting for the year 2019. He described the season as a period of fasting, abstinence, prayer and almsgiving.
The bishop said that family, as a concept, is very broad and should be taken as the primary unit of the society, thus the first institution by God himself and a very important social structure. He noted that we suffer the influx of bad waves from other cultures and labour under insensitive and bad governments that have unleashed economic strangulation on people thereby derailing some of the people’s moral values. He was optimistic that the lost traditional values can be recovered.
Speaking on family issues, the Most Reverend Ukwuoma called on the government at all levels to help place the right value on family. He stated that the family is the fundamental cell of the society; it deserves to be assisted and defended by appropriate measures. “We recall the unfortunate experience of a time when we as Catholics and Christians had to rally in this state against a proposed bill that wanted to lend support to condemnable practices against decent family living and against the Christian faith”, said the prelate.
He further called on government to help the Church in her efforts to sustain family decency, as well as to set and enforce reasonable ethical standards for television programmes for home movies, and check the uncensored display of immoralities which will foster human and religious values on which family life is built and will discourage whatever is harmful.
Bishop Ukwuoma, urged the Federal and State governments to put more effort in making life bearable for the citizen, provision of social amenities as well as prompt payment of workers’ salaries as at when due.