17 February 2013

Nigeria: Cardinal Advises Legislators to Discredit Same Sex Marriage

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Arch Diocese, on Sunday urged the National Assembly to reconfirm the definition of marriage and not to waste energy deliberating on same sex marriage.

Cardinal Onaiyekan made the call in Abuja at the opening mass of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), titled 'Faith and Dignity for Human life'.

Onaiyekan said that marriage, a concept of union between man and woman, was being compromised in so many places today, adding that it was brutal to try to change God's order.

He said: "I will like to advise our legislators not to waste their energy legislating on what is meaningless: 'same sex marriage'.

"They should rather simply reconfirm the definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman, thereby denying any execution of the status of marriage to whatever comes outside that definition."

Onaiyekan urged Nigerians to be courageous to resist the negative influence of some advanced countries stressing that abortion is wrong.

"There can be no justification for killing the innocent, especially babies.

"We must have the courage to resist the pressures of some of the advanced countries seeking to drag us with them into the root of moral decadence," he said.

The Cardinal called on members of the national assembly to stand up and hold high the respect for human dignity.

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