By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most Rev Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor, has again condemned what he described as the alarming rate at which Christians, especially youths, engage in idol worshipping, urging them to desist from such practice as it is destructive.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this in his homily at the dedication of St Kevin’s Catholic Church, Nimo, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State, last Sunday, maintained that neo-paganism was destructive to both humanity and society.
He said neo-paganism was an ill-wind which had eaten deep into society destroyed the lives of many youths in various Igbo communities.
The bishop who flayed young people who ventured into paganism after failing in business, admonished all against mixing religious practices.
Citing the case of Arobunagu fetish practice in Nimo, which, he said, had been phased out due to the development brought about by Christianity, the Catholic prelate advised Christians against allowing themselves to be distracted by paganism, charging them to worship God in truth and in commitment.
In an interview with the press at the event, the Parish Priest of St Flannan’s Catholic Parish, Igboukwu, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, Rev Fr Hilary Okpalaji, corroborated the bishop’s view that neo-paganism had destroyed society.
Rev Fr Okpalaji, who served as a former parish priest of St Kevin’s Parish, Nimo, admonished the youths of the community, who, he said, neo-paganism had robbed of their values, to have change of attitude.
He maintained that there was need for the youths to return to God to excel in life as no individual would succeed without God.