Nigerian Archbishop on Fiducia Supplicans: Don’t Quit Church Because of “Ignorance”

The faithful who are threatening to leave the Catholic Church because of Fiducia Supplicans (FS), the Vatican Declaration permitting members of the Clergy to bless “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations” are being guided by “ignorance”, the Archbishop of Abuja has told ACI Africa.

In the Tuesday, January 30 interview, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama weighed in on the December 18 Declaration of the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) that has since elicited mixed reactions and deep division among Catholic Bishops around the globe.

“Some people are threatening to leave the Church because of the Vatican document that says Priests could bless same-sex couples,” Archbishop Kaigama said.

In his considered opinion, he told ACI Africa, “it is out of ignorance if anybody should decide to leave the Catholic Church because of the Fiducia Supplicans document.”

As a Catholic, he said and posed, “You are seeking salvation; do you think where you are going they do not have problems?”

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“Whether you become a Muslim or a traditional worshiper or a Pentecostal, you will still find problems there. That means you will keep running to look for solutions where solutions do not exist,” the Local Ordinary of Abuja said, adding, “Why not stay in one place, understand the issue and let’s work out a better solution together.”

Archbishop Kaigama faulted reactions indicating that the Catholic Church is falling apart, saying that the Church “has survived” many challenges “over two thousand years” and that “there is no group or company that has survived that long … the Catholic Church remained together.”

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