Monday, 11 May 2015

Catholic Bishops Give Reasons Catholics Must Not Marry Suitors from other denominations

-------As Catholic Knights Celebrate All Knights Day at Awka
Bishops, Rev. fathers, Knights in a group picture after the mass for the 2015 All Knights Day at St. Patrick Cathedral Awka

Bishop Ezeokafor

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has reminded the various Knights of the Catholic Faithful, needs to work towards uplifting the common goals of the church and Christendom despite their differences.

Ezeokafor, who was speaking at the 2015 annual celebration of the Joint Council of Knights in the Catholic Diocese of Awka recently, maintained that unity is strength.

“I initiated the All Night Day in May 2013 to bring together; the Knights of St. John, the Knights of Mulumba, and the Papal Knights. I have sponsored it for the two years of maturity age, but this third year they now take care of themselves.”

“The purpose is to bring them together; remind them that they are one body in Christ, and was conferred with Knighthood to evangelise for Christ, defend the Christian faith, and speak with one voice. Therefore, they should cooperate and work collectively and individually for propagation of Christian faith”, the Bishop concluded.

Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Jonas Benson Okoye
Speaking in an interview, the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Jonas Benson Okoye added that: “The Knights are called to serve God and mankind. I advice they show their interest on the social and economic relevant without compromising their Christian faith. By virtue of their position in the church, they are expected to be flag bearer for Christ and set the pace for others to follow”.

The Auxiliary Bishop, while speaking on marriage, admonished the catholic faithful to strictly follow the Canon Law 11 (24-27) which encourage the Catholic believers, not to deny non-Catholic suitors from marrying their daughters.

His words: “The Church insists that parents should follow canon law while giving out their daughters into marriage to non-catholic faithful. The canon law insisted that the intended couples must wed in catholic, baptise and nurture their children in catholic faith. This is in order not to make the daughter to lose her catholic faith. Once the suitor accepts, nothing stops them from marrying.”

Sir Godfry Muotolu
While expressing his happiness over the kind event, Brigadier Gen. Godfrey Muotolu, the Grand President of Knights of St. John International (KSJ), Awka Grand Commandly, noted that unification of Knights has accorded them better platform and encouragement to defend the church and Christian faith.

On his part, Prof. Sir Pita Ejiofor, the Chairman of Joint Council of Knights in Awka, described the council as coordinating action of the all association of catholic knights towards achieving common goals.

But for Dr. Ego Uzoezie, a Papal Knight, the kind gesture is a avenue for the Knights to move together as one family.



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