Ethnicity Should be Shunned Always!
The Catholic church is “Universal”. It isn’t clannish. It is not based on ethnicity!
This explains why the people of Ogoja, Cross River State, are wholeheartedly welcoming Most Rev. Dr. Donatus Edet Akpan as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ogoja. Most Rev. Edet Akpan is an indigene of Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The Church’s universality also explains why Bishop John Ayah, an indigene of Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, is Bishop of Uyo Diocese in Akwa Ibom State.
Similarly, Archibishop Joseph Ekuwem, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Calabar, is an indigene of Oron, in Akwa Ibom State.
In the same vein, Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese is from Kaduna State, just as Bishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Plateau State, is from Jalingo in Taraba State.
Regrettably, my in-laws in Ahiara Diocese, Mbaise, Imo State, have deviated from this revered tradition. They had rejected the Pope’s appointment of Bishop Peter Okpalaeke as Bishop of that Diocese.
Bishop Okpalaeke is a native, of Amesi in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. The action of that Diocese is strange. It is a dent on the dignity, unity and universality of the Catholic Church.
LinCornellah’s blog implores all Catholics and other Christians to embrace people appointed by God’s ordained representatives. Diverse as Christian denominations may be, we all have a role to play in ensuring that the unity of Christ’s flock is preserved. This particularly applies to the church leadership. We must all avoid actions that would tarnish the image of Christianity. Christ prayed that we may be one (John 17:21). May we be one!
We congratulate Bishop Edet Akpan on his consecration as Bishop of Ogoja.
Welcome home, our dear Bishop!
- Cornelius Ellah