Opinion

Same Sex Marriage, Immoral – Bishop Ezeokafor

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has advised against same sex marriage, otherwise known as gay marriage, describing such union as gravely immoral.

Bishop Ezeokafor who stated this in his homily of the concelebrated Holy Mass to mark the Golden Jubilee marriage anniversary of Chief Sir Vincent and Lady Rachael Okonkwo at St Mark’s Catholic Church, Abagana, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State, on Saturday, November 14, insisted that marriage was the union of a man and a woman, and not for people of the same sex.

Pointing out that God instituted marriage for man and woman for companionship and procreation, the bishop wondered what the outcome of gay marriage, which, he said, was on the increase in many European countries, would be.

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor (1st from right), blessing the wedding rings of Sir Vincent & Lady Rachael Okonkwo (2nd and 3rd from left), for the renewal of their marriage vows 50 years after. The bishop advocated for marriage between one man and one wife, St Mark’s Parish, Abagana, Nov 14, 2020.

He noted that in line with God’s injunction and the teachings of the Church, same sex marriage was gravely immoral and placing it on the same level with God’s approved marriage of people of opposite sex, amounted to deviant behaviour.

The Catholic prelate, who congratulated the golden couple on their anniversary, thanked God for the gift of them and others, who, according to him, had sustained and maintained the rudiments of sacred marriage, as well as enjoyed fulfilled marriages.

Bishop Ezeokafor stressed the need for proper formation of an individual, saying that such would enable one to toe the right path and be responsible persons in future.

The bishop, who equally spoke on COVID-19 pandemic, advised all against taking the slight cases of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria for granted, warning that the pandemic was still in existence.

Citing the recent death of a former Ghanaian president, Jerry Rawlings, due to the pandemic, as well as the rising cases in European, Bishop Ezeokafor, who observed that the warm climate of Nigeria and the strong immunity of Nigerians had saved the people from the severity of the pandemic, however advised all on strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.

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