Tribal concerns divide Nigerian diocese
Catholic World News - December 23, 2010
At the 2009 Synod of Bishops for Africa, several prelates lamented divisions in the life of the Church caused by tribalism. Cardinal Francis Arinze urged the bishops of each nation to speak as one voice, “without being influenced by tribal considerations,” and exhorted priests to “accept a new bishop appointed by the Holy Father without organizing factions with a ‘son of the soil’ myopic mentality. The success of the Church in appointing bishops outside their language area is a powerful message to some African communities wounded by the politico-social virus of extreme ethnicism.”
This phenomenon appears to be on display in the Archdiocese of Benin City (Nigeria), where a group of laity is demanding that the next archbishop be a member of the Bini tribe. The previous ordinary, Irish-born Archbishop Richard Burke, resigned in May after admitting to an affair with a young woman.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our August expenses ($33,297 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!