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Nigerian cardinal advises West: worry about empty churches, not divorced/remarried

March 09, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal John Onaiyeken of Abuja, Nigeria, told an interviewer that he is “astonished” that leaders of the Church in the Western world are concentrating their energies on the status of Catholics who are divorced and remarried, at a time when “the churches are getting more and more empty.” The Nigerian cardinal observed that such issues are not seen as critical in his country, where Catholicism is spreading rapidly.

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  • Posted by: jan02 - Mar. 10, 2018 1:45 AM ET USA

    In response to the title: of course we need to pray for both situations. Always brought back to the words attributed to St. John Paull II though: "The best form of evangelization is personal holiness." Lord Jesus please make us holy so we can be better witnesses for you!

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 09, 2018 10:07 PM ET USA

    He is so right. In the western churches we are not getting truth but mush. In many cases outright lies as what we get from the likes of Fr. Martin And our so called Catholic Colleges like Notre Dame and Georgetown. The prelates are actually driving away the faithful although I use that term carefully. We need a Pope who is willing to teach clearly. Right now it is hard to see through the muddy glass.