…Condemn manipulative predictions
…Warn against unfounded rumours
The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have reacted to the recent judgement of the Supreme Court which nullified the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected Governor of Imo State.
The controversial judgement has continued to elicit varied reactions from different segments of Imo State and even beyond.
In a pastoral statement issued after their plenary meeting at Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, January 22, the bishops said: “As people of faith who put their trust in God’s providence even in the most difficult circumstances of life, we urge our people not to take laws into their hands; to be law-abiding; not to make inflammatory statements and spread unfounded rumours that could create more bad blood; and not to allow our state to be divided along the lines that will only be damaging to our corporate unity as a people.”
The pastoral letter titled: “Trusting in God in these Trying Times,” pointed out that: “The issues in question are about equity, the civic rights of the people to elect their leaders, as well as good governance which guarantees their rights, freedom and welfare. We are one people, and we must work together for the growth and progress of our state.”
Continuing, the bishops said: “As faithful members of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church under the Holy Father we stress that the Catholic Church does not engage in manipulative political predictions or in divination about prospective judicial decisions. Any Catholic – whether Bishop, priest, religious or lay faithful – who engages in such idolatrous communications and practices does not speak in the name of the Catholic Church, nor for the Catholic Church. The Bible is very clear about the dangers of resorting to sorcerers and diviners: Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God (Lev. 19:31; cf. Deut. 18:10-12).
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