- Posted March 4, 2013 by
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Traditional rulers Commend Pope Benedict
Speaking through the public relations Officer of the Council, HRH Eze Reginald Amadi, Traditional rulers in Mbaise expressed hope and faith in God to lead the Church aright in this auspicious time, stressing that Pope Benedict XIV did the right thing by speaking out when his strength couldn’t carry him on.
Meanwhile, in recent events concerning the catholic Church in Mbaise, Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers (MCTR), an Umbrella Council of the ninety one Kings and ninety one Kingdoms (Autonomous Communities) within the five Clans making up the three Local Government Areas in Mbaise nation, which is a nation of about 2 million people living at home and in the Diaspora issued a communiqué on their stand on the matter.
They stated that due to some issues arising from the appointment of a new Catholic Bishop of Ahiara Diocese and the possible consequences on the image of Mbaise nation, Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers wish to state as follows:
1. That Traditional Rulers in Mbaise nation on behalf of ourselves and our subjects whole heartedly welcome the new Catholic Bishop- elect of Ahiara Diocese, Reverend Monsignor Ebere Peter Okpaleke.
2. That in the last two and half years, the Catholic faithful in Mbaise prayed to God to choose a new Bishop for the Diocese; a prayer which God has answered now by the choice of the new Catholic Bishop, Reverend Monsignor Peter Okpaleke.
3. That the choice of the new Bishop was done by the Catholic Pontiff under Divine direction and cannot be subject to selfish, ethnic or political manipulations.
4. That many sons and daughters of Mbaise nation are holding several prominent and strategic positions in several other States, (Countries and Continents within and outside the [Religious and they are receiving support from the host communities.
5. That a rejection of the appointment made by the Pontiff under Divine direction will cast the Mbaise nation in bad light and put the universal nature of the Catholic Church into question.
6. That the Catholic Pontiff is by this Press Release advised to ignore any contrary petition (written by disgruntled elements in our midst seeking to weep up ethnic sentiments to satisfy I their selfish ends in a matter that is purely Divine I and procedural.
The communiqué was duly signed by all the Principal Officers of the Council.