The Catholic Archbishop of Jos and president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has reiterated the church’s opposition to abortion and use of contraceptives.
“We don’t need to repeat here that the church, based on biblical tradition, is clearly not in favour of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, artificial contraception and a host of others,” Kaigama said yesterday in Jos, while declaring open a seminar for Catholic doctors, nurses and other health workers.
The bishop maintained that the church supports the natural method of family planning, adding that it would not be cowed by opposition.
“The Catholic church has been criticised over its stance on issues such as abortion, condom usage, homosexuality, cloning, stem cell research, etc, but we will not compromise,” he said.
Urging Nigerians to maintain its stance against gay relationships and other “unnatural” practices, irrespective of criticisms from abroad, Archbishop Kaigama said:
“We must not be swallowed up by the tyrannical imposition of some governments or international non-governmental organisations who wish to dictate the moral trend of the world based on their secular values.”