Category: Doctrines

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Every second day of the Month of October is set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the memorial of the holy guardian angels, and I won’t be wrong to connect the celebration to our Catholic faith in the communion …

The reality of guardian angels Read More »

The news of the Lord’s return to Capernaum may have so hit the airwaves in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry in such a manner that it attracted a titanic crowd to him, the mammoth crowd obviously left no option …

The power of inner healing Read More »

The attempt could be made to pair the Old and the New Testaments with the aim of drawing a conclusion about which is more important, but such comparison is inconsequential because both are interlaced. However, the New Testament explains the …

The Bread of life in Genesis Read More »

The rainbow signifies for me a divine establishment of a covenantal relationship between heaven and earth

About how our fathers lived their Christian faith we refer to today as the good old days; how I wish our children will not call today their good old days. This may sound like not wishing our children well, but …

The faith of our fathers Read More »

One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church is this one: “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus). Those trying to grasp the meaning of this teaching often struggle with its formulations by various …

Is there salvation outside the Catholic Church? Read More »

To sketch the image of the Catholic Church as a rock will not be a mere artistic imagination, but a reality that reflects the foundation upon which the Church is built. Even though that “solid mineral material forming part of …

The Church and the resurrection power Read More »

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The pains of unintentional childlessness in marriage is unimaginable, only those who faces it or had gone through it knows the extent. Why so many are thanking God for the technological and medical advancement that seem to have provided a …

The Church and in vitro fertilization (IVF) Read More »

The bare cross is simply referred to as a cross, while the cross with an image of the crucified Jesus is crucifix. I once got a beautiful crucifix for a non-Catholic friend, and he appreciated it but later removed the …

The cross and the crucifix Read More »

Pope Francis recently apologised in the name of the Catholic Church in response to a disturbing revelation as noted in his apology letter; “In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand …

The Church’s apology and the priesthood Read More »

Marriage, or the sacrament of matrimony in the Catholic Church has a very strong and unbreakable binding force that keeps those who go into it together in good times and in bad, till death do them part. It is a …

Marriage, divorce, and annulment Read More »

The Catholic Church once every year dedicates a Sunday for the celebration of the gift of communication; Communication Sunday. The power of communication cannot be over emphasized, especially in our world today that has recorded tremendous growth in communication technology. …

The social media and our Catholic faith Read More »

In many parts of the world today, especially in Africa, violence against women and children is becoming rampant. And more evil is the taking up of arms against the unborn, and they call it victory against the Church. Ireland! Ireland!! …

VICTORY AGAINST THE CHURCH OR SELF? Read More »

Are you born again? Wow! You may exclaim and say; he sounds like a none Catholic! Yes; I think so myself. Many people seem to have a very erroneous understanding of the Catholic Church’s attitude towards the term, “born again”. …

Living with the human side of the Church Read More »

Figuratively speaking, Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against his Church (Mt. 16:18). The word “gate” here could mean different things to different people, depending on their own interpretations. But in the passage of the scripture …

The Church and the gates of hell Read More »

It is undeniably true that the playing of pranks, or practical jokes have become part of us. In almost every society and culture, pranking each other is accepted. Though we know that pranks sometimes go wrong and become disastrous, but …

It is a reality, not “April fool” Read More »

The holy week is the pick of the Lenten season, it begins with the Passion Sunday. The holy week as it is called suggest perfection, a week of holiness, peace and tranquillity. But when we juxtapose the name and the …

The holiness of the holy week Read More »

There is no doubt that man keeps eventing ways of making life easier, which is a great thing because, God directed man to conquer the earth. So, to talk about the beauty of pains sounds like the craziest thing ever, …

The beauty of pains Read More »

It may appear to be most unfortunate for many young people that we celebrate Ash Wednesday today, February 14th, 2018. On this day, popularly known as Valentine’s Day, the world celebrates love. Celebrating Ash Wednesday this day is not just …

You are God’s Valentine! Read More »

I have being asked a particular question severally, a question I find disturbing, un-Catholic and in fact unchristian. They asked; at what point in the Mass is it considered late or sinful to join? Many of those who ask this …

LATENESS TO MASS Read More »

Seating before a medical consultant and talking as doctor and patient, she smiled and with all respect asked me a question that was completely outside why we were together; probably that was another way to make a patient relax. She …

Celibacy in the Catholic priesthood Read More »

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For many none-Catholics, Catholic doctrine sounds so bizarre and hard to accept. But the acceptability is less a concern, what matters most is the truthfulness of the teaching. She teaches with authority from Christ, and through the inspiration of the …

The Catholic Church is right! Read More »

The Catholic Church is not just the oldest but also the largest in the world, it is a Church many none Catholics do not really understand and so are tempted to criticise her mode of worship. This criticism sometimes make …

The uniqueness of Catholicism! Read More »

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL   RESTORATION A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. 1. PREAMBLE: We, …

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Read More »

The Catholic Church is often criticized for her firm position on some issues; this is true, and not an exaggeration to say that the world is always etching to know the stand of the Catholic Church. But this has not …

The Catholic Church and contraception Read More »

I once told a new convert to Catholicism that he needs to understand the Church very well to enjoy our way of worship. In many cases, our Catholic faith is enshrined, and our liturgy is full of signs and symbol …

Why the priest kisses the altar Read More »

In the gospel according to John (Jn. 4:1-42), Jesus engaged a Samaritan woman in a discussion, it was beside Jacob’s well in a Samaritan town called Sychar. One point led to the other and the woman brought up the issue …

The solemnity in Catholic worship Read More »

One can define a heresy as a belief or a contrary opinion to the generally accepted truth or doctrines of the Church, and heresy is not new to the Catholic Church. History has it that many heretical groups challenged the …

A new form of heresy! Read More »

In most of the Catholic Ordination ceremonies and priestly anniversaries I have attended, the response to the responsorial Psalm reminded me and I think every one also of the supremacy of the Melchizedek priesthood to the Aaronic priesthood. In most …

The Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood. Read More »

Many Christian parents have failed to understand that it is their responsibility to hand their faith over to their Children, they are tempted to leave this very important aspect of parenthood in the hands of the clergy alone. In this …

Teach your children your Catholic faith! Read More »

Yesterday the Catholic Church celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord, a solemnity the Church celebrates every second Sunday of Christmas. It is a celebration of Divine revelation as you must have heard in homilies preached in our parishes. But the …

Divine Revelation Read More »

I recently walked into the Augustinian monastery library in Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria. I did not intend to read anything but just to admire the old library I frequently consulted during my initial formation days in the Seminary. As I …

The Church on trial Read More »

As  evil as abortion is, it is encouraged and even legalized by some countries. May be the name “abortion” sounds so familiar to their ears and light to their minds to the extent that they no longer see it as murder. …

The Catholic Church and euthanasia Read More »

The Catholic Church in her social teachings has taught so many things that touches almost every aspects of human life: politics, morals, health care, medicine and others. Though she has no official teachings about fashion, I have however seen many …

Fashion: ladies in trousers! Read More »

Today, the first day of November and tomorrow the second day, we celebrate the Catholic Church in a very special way. Our Church is one, holy and Catholic. The solemnity today (all saints) and that of tomorrow (all souls) celebrates not …

All Saints day! Read More »

The harvest is indeed rich, but the labourers are few. These are the words of Jesus, and it sends the message that more hands are needed in the work of evangelism. As Christians therefor we are all called to rise to this …

Private ministries in the Church Read More »

The holy water like the other religious articles is often used in the Catholic Church, in fact, it is greatly associated with the Catholic Church even though it is gradually been seen these days in some other Christian denominations. Exactly when …

The holy water in the Catholic Church Read More »

I am so proud of my Catholic faith, and I am more thankful for the  privilege to be called into the priesthood in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is an unshakable pillar erected by Christ Jesus himself on a rock that …

Five reasons the Catholic Church is the true Church Read More »

Are you a Catholic? Have you ever wondered why many none Catholics want to attack Catholicism, even to the extent of using the media? It’s just like the bees and the flower, the bees are attracted to the flower for …

The beautiful Catholic faith Read More »

I remember telling a convert to Catholicism that our Catholic faith, the faith of our fathers is so deep. Once you know and understand it, you appreciate it more and stand the chance of never letting it go. We carry …

Carrying your Catholic faith Read More »

That Catholic liturgy is full of symbolism is not an exaggeration, but symbolism with meaningful explanation. I don’t really want to go into details about symbolism in general but to simply limit myself to the symbols on Chasubles. The Chasuble …

Symbolism and Catholicism Read More »

I wrote something on this topic, I guess you’ve read it. It’s all about the authority the Church has through Jesus Christ. This particular write up is not different from what I’ve written, but its good to read the same …

The magisterium or teaching authority of the Church Read More »

The priesthood in the Catholic Church is an amazing gift from God, and it becomes more amazing when you meditate on the holiness of the priesthood to which a man is called; it is the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Mere …

Is celibacy an imposition? Read More »

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I have never heard nor seen Christians fight or arguing whether Jesus is Lord or not, but I have seen them (especially Catholic vs none Catholics) many times arguing about the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, scapular, and some …

The difference between Doctrine and Dogma Read More »

Our world has become so secularized that most people no longer remember the four last things: Death, Judgment, Hell and Heaven. The quest for miracle has overshadowed these thing in many minds, yet they remain realities we cannot change, they …

Judgment and the Laws of the Universe Read More »

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With smiles on my face I watched on the internet how two Nigerian Catholic priests danced like King David to the sound of the African traditional flute common among the Igbo people of Nigeria. I sometimes feel that the sound …

Our culture and the Church’s doctrine Read More »

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The Cross is simply a mark, figure or object formed by two intersecting lines or pieces of wood, iron or other materials. It was on a Cross formed of wood that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified; his crucifixion changed …

The sign of the Cross Read More »

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I love the Catholic Church, not just because the Church is the mother Church but also because she lives up to the expectations of her name. The Church is so organized and does nothing without good and explainable reasons, even …

Saints and relics in the Catholic Church Read More »

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So many Catholics in Nigeria vehemently objected to the reception of the Holy Communion in the hand. This objection was made manifest when the Catholic bishop conference of Nigeria encouraged the reception of Holy Communion in the hand in attempt …

The Holy Communion Read More »

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Not so many Catholics may know that Pope Francis has revised the understanding of the traditional holy Thursday foot-washing. This revisal is not anti-Catholic or anti-Christian message, it is not against the message of Jesus Christ but rather a greater insight …

Holy Thursday ritual of foot-washing Read More »

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The Catholic Church teaches that all sins are not equal, or to make the point clearer for your understanding, the Church teaches that all wrong doing is sinful but not all sins are deadly. The Church distinguishes between mortal and …

Are all sins equal? Read More »

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The Church is very human yet a great mystery, it is far more than what the ordinary eyes sees. One needs to activate the eyes of faith to see not only the visible nature of the Church but also her …

The Mystery of the Church Read More »

It is a general believe that the Catholic Church is the mother Church, and this is the fact. All other denominations broke out from the Catholic Church directly or indirectly; the Catholic Church is the Church of Christ, the apostolic …

The founder of the Catholic Church Read More »

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A none Catholic friend asked me why we address the Pope as his holiness; he was obviously not at home with that style at all. He argued vehemently against the idea and insist that only God is holy, no man …

The holiness of his holiness Read More »

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The word “door” is not strange to us, it’s what both the rich and the poor have in homes irrespective of the esthetic difference. The door is the rightful way into a house compare to the window. When one passes …

The door of mercy Read More »

One cannot help but admire how St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City is adorned with beautifully made images of ‘adorable’ Son and daughters of the Church. These images of men and women who lived exemplary life; the images of …

The Catholic Church and images Read More »

I’m so happy and proud to be not just a Catholic but a Catholic priest. The Catholic Church is so blessed and rich in wisdom and tradition. It is a Church founded on an unshakable faith in Christ Jesus, confirmed by …

What every Protestant Can’t Not Know Read More »

We are very familiar with people wearing rings on their fingers for various purposes. It could be just for the purpose of fashion, engagement and  marriage, a means of identification by different groups, a symbol of power and authority. For …

The Pope’s ring Read More »

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Some Christians have questioned the observance of Sunday as the holy day to rest instead of Saturday (Sabbath) as God commanded. Their concern is actually not out of place, they have very good reasons to ask. Truly, God gave the …

The Church, Sabbath and Sunday Read More »

The Catholic Church has canonized so many of her children as Saints. Very interesting and beautiful thing to do as Catholics, but to none Catholics and even some few Catholics, the idea of creating Saints raises a whole lot of …

The Church and canonization of Saints Read More »

In the Catholic Church we often hear about the Doctors of the Church; not too many Catholics actually knows what this title is all about. For so many, they can only connect the word Doctor to one who is a …

The Doctors of the Church. Read More »

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Tithing is actually not an official teaching of the Catholic Church, it was never emphasized especially in the Church of Nigeria until recently. Also, the Church never officially condemned tithing, It was probably not emphasized because of the structure and …

The Catholic Church and tithing Read More »

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The Catholic Church is a very traditional Church whose actions, teachings and worship are guided by the holy bible, the code of canon law and some other official documents of the Church. These other documents of the Church are not …

Holydays of obligation Read More »

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The Catholic Church, the holy mother Church is built on a rock that cannot be shaken. A Church built on the faith of the apostles, hence the name, Apostolic Church. This Church attracts so much attention, everybody wants to know …

The Catholic Church Read More »

The Catholic Church is blessed with so much heritage and tradition. I am particularly impressed with the Church’s sense of documentation. I therefore proudly present to you the 266 Catholic Pontiffs, beginning from St. Peter to the present Pope. God …

The Catholic Pontiffs. Read More »

I once read an article written by obviously a none Catholic because the article was directed against the Catholic Church, he questioned the Petrine authority and insist that the Catholic Church is wrong in her teaching about St. Peter as …

Was St. Peter ever a Pope? Read More »

The Catholic teaching about the infallibility of the Pope sounds so strange and unacceptable to so many none Catholics, they can’t even imagine it to be true, yet the Church teaches it with so much confidence with her teaching authority …

The infallibility of the Pope Read More »

Most times, many Catholics recite the creed of the Church without taking time to actually reflect on what they say, for them it is like a memorized kind of prayer to be recited. No, it shouldn’t be. We must know …

One faith One Church Read More »

In the beginning God created the light and separated the light from the darkness, God called the light day and the darkness he called night. God created time and seasons from the void and formless earth (Gen. 1), and the …

The Church’s liturgical year Read More »

The Holy Trinity is a doctrine in the Catholic Church that speaks of the three persons in the one Godhead; in other words, the Catholic Church believes and teaches that God is a Triune God. He is three in one …

The Church and the Holy Trinity Read More »

There is no doubt today that there is tension between different Christian denominations; one denomination attacking and rejecting the other on the bases of doctrine. The Catholic Church is one denomination that has suffered criticism even from the media. Most …

The Catholic Church and Doctrines Read More »

The word Saint means “holy”. In its New Testament usage, it refers to the people of God. “Saints, broadly speaking, are those who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to his teaching.” Saints are believers in Christ, which …

The Saints Read More »

We celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Lent three days ago, a Sunday that marks the beginning of the Passiontide and not passion Sunday. From the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the crosses, and all other images and pictures of saints are …

Veiling of the cross Read More »

The word Purgatory is not divinely coined neither is the word found in the bible, it is from the latin word “purgare” which means to make clean, to purify. Purgatory, unlike Limbo is a doctrine taught by the Catholic church …

Catholics and the reality of Purgatory Read More »

Somebody asked me a question after reading my article on infant baptism, she asked; what happens to infants who died before they were baptized? Will they make Heaven or not? What do you think? Well, the answer to this question …

Limbo: Catholic teaching? Read More »

Have you ever been asked as a Catholic why you baptize infants in your Church? A friend confronted me with this question and I answered him with a question; what is baptism? Anyone with a good understanding of what baptism …

Infant baptism Read More »

I got a message on my Facebook page from Mr. Chuks Vincent Chuks; he read one of my articles titled: THE HOLY EUCHARIST (THE MASS) and he wish to know why at Mass only the Priests consumes the blood of …

Reception of holy Communion Read More »

A few years back, I officiated at a wedding ceremony between a Catholic and a none Catholic; a mixed marriage. Obviously you know what the congregation would be like, it was mixed, Catholics and none Catholics. It appeared to be …

The faith of the Catholic church Read More »