Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Most Rev Emmanuel Ade Badejo, Bishop of Oyo

12/20/2013 (9 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We know that life and love are intrinsically linked. Love enhances life but selfishness snuffs it out

Issues about population and contraception are essentially about life and so is Christmas. Christmas is a celebration of life, the life of Jesus son of God and the salvation of ours. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that all who believe in him might not perish." (John 3:16). Jesus' life is a gift from God the Father to the world. His life brought new life and ensures that God dwell among his people. "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (John  1: 14) For the same reason, Christmas is as good a time as any to think of those who would never have the chance to live because of the tyranny of population control and contraception in Africa.

Highlights

By Most Rev Emmanuel Ade Badejo, Bishop of Oyo

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/20/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Most Rev Emmanuel Ade Badejo, Bishop of Oyo, Pro-Life, Obianuju Ekeocha, Pro-Life, Culture of Life



OYO STATE, NIGERIA (Catholic Online) - (Note from the Editor in Chief, Deacon Keith Fournier: One of my personal heroes in the Human Rights movement of our age, the Pro-Life Movement, is Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder of Culture of Life, Africa. Uju has also become one of the most popular writers for Catholic Online as well. We are honored to offer to our readers around the globe these words from her Bishop, the Most Rev Emmanuel Ade Badejo, Bishop of Oyo.)

Emmanuel, Gift of Love and Life
Issues about population and contraception are essentially about life and so is Christmas. Christmas is a celebration of life, the life of Jesus son of God and the salvation of ours. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that all who believe in him might not perish (John 3:16). Jesus' life is a gift from God the Father to the world. His life brought new life and ensures that God dwell among his people. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (John  1: 14)

There is time for everything and a time for everything happening under heaven (Eccl. 3:1-2). So reads the book of Ecclesiastes. Nonetheless, to every coin there is a second side. That is why that oracle links the time of giving birth to the time of death. 

For the same reason, Christmas is as good a time as any to think of those who would never have the chance to live because of the tyranny of population control and contraception in Africa. We know that life and love are intrinsically linked. Love enhances life but selfishness snuffs it out. No wonder Jesus who came to the world for love of us declared: "I have come so that they may have life, life to the full (John 10:10).

My secretary, Fr. Anthony Abegunde reflects further on how modern conspiracies of population control and contraception seriously compromise that plan. Read him:

Love Does Not Live Here Anymore
The desecration of love is one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Love must be one of the most abused and misused concepts ever. Increasingly, love is understood as little more than selfish desire, the satisfaction of which is considered great fulfillment. Many people talk about liberation but remain trapped in the bondage of sexual desires.

Others talk much about true love but live in mere self-absorbed estrangement. In truth our age is fast becoming a loveless age with broken relationships and hearts everywhere and human lives discarded almost before they begin. Thousands of children are abused or abandoned and fear and mistrust abound even in supposedly healthy marriages. Love has often been reduced to base sex, thanks to powerful lobbies which ensue that that that too is of course, contracepted.

Disaster of a Loveless Age
We are living testimonies to the effects of the so-called "sexual revolution", verifiable in wide-spread promiscuity, rising rate of teenage pregnancy, millions of abortions, sexually transmitted diseases in spite of the use of contraceptives.

Is it not intriguing that a handful of people with access to some great material wealth in the world would gather the best brains around the universe to convince us that what Africa needs most today is unrestricted access to sex without responsibility?

So, African youths would enjoy full access and choice to the finest contraceptive paraphernalia tools and devices guaranteeing them unconstrained and unrestrained sexual freedom but without education, jobs or employment. Whoever declared an end to slavery perhaps ought to think again.

Giving Us Stones For Bread
Do jobless youths need condoms for free sex more than jobs that will engage their youthful energy in more rewarding activities and secure their future? Do we really need more better equipped, free abortion clinics where life is constantly snuffed out of unborn babies in the name of women rights and freedom than vocational and formation centres for responsible citizenship and adulthood?

How come our generous "god-fathers" are not helping African nations restore the power sector and sustainable developmental projects like good roads and agriculture? 

I paraphrase the words of renowned pro-lifer, Obianuju Ekeocha who said ...in hunger they offer us condoms, for our nakedness sexual hedonism, in sickness, contraceptive pills and for our unguided libido, modern techniques of abortion! Would that contraceptive pills cured malaria, cancer, HIV/AIDS and other deadly diseases that threaten millions of lives in Africa!

The erosion of family and home life are factual effects of this grand deception. The encroaching culture grossly over-estimates the importance of sex. It is placed over and above God whose gift sex is to mankind. God's initiative made sex a sacred gift, given for life-giving purposes. But love between a man and a woman is today hardly regarded as sacred or noble. It has become more a commodity to be seen only in an animal sense; a mere uncontrollable impulse to be satisfied.

The Way, The Truth And The Life
At times like this, I think that thankfully, we can all focus on the manger where lies God's fail-proof solution, Emmanuel. There reigns a civilization different from the contraceptive culture of death. That civilization of love made Jesus come from glory to earth to save us. It also made Joseph to subject his personal right of fatherhood to God's will of choosing Mary for his holy purpose.

It shows in Mary who in total submission, said: Let it be done unto me according to your word. (Lk. 1: 38), just as it did in the shepherds who left their shepherding work to become the first orchestra ever to sing Christmas carols for the King. It shows us what can truly establish the right balance in our troubled world; selfless giving, more equitable sharing of the world's resources, rather than a subtle but systematic extermination of the defenseless in the name of population control.

-----
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Emmanuel Ade Badejo was appointed Co-adjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Oyo on 20th October, 2007, at St. Francis Catholic College, Oyo. He was born on the 13th July, 1961. He was ordained a Priest on the 4th January, 1986. As Co-adjutor Bishop, he worked with the Diocesan Bishop in looking after the spiritual welfare of the Diocese. Most Rev. Julius Babatunde Adelakun remained the Bishop of Oyo until his retirement on the 4th November, 2009. The canonical installation of Most Rev. Emmanuel Ade Badejo as Bishop of Oyo took place on 20th November, 2009.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Africa

Algerian government supports military intervention against Islamic State Watch

Image of The head of Algerian diplomacy, Ramtane Lamamra has ruled out any Algerian participation in the international coalition against the Islamic state.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The international military intervention against what is commonly known in the Arab world as DAESH or Islamic state had become "inevitable," according to Ramtane Lamamra, Algerian Foreign Minister. Lamamra had been on the sidelines of a meeting held this week in ... continue reading


Radical Islamic groups take refuge in the Sahel after bombings in Iraq, Syria Watch

Image of Western interests are the main target of the Islamic groups on operation in the Sahel and North Africa.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Radical Islamic groups linked to Islamic State have begun to mobile in the Sahel region of Algeria. This is happening concurrently with the U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The government of Algeria has since been placed on a high ... continue reading


Ebola is manufactured crisis, Liberian doctor says Watch

Image of Dr. Broderick is a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia's College of Agriculture and Forestry.  He is also a scientist, who has taught for many years at the Agricultural College of the University of Delaware.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With Ebola ravaging much of West Africa, there are now claims that the crisis is part of a more nefarious plot to test vaccines and drugs on stricken humans. Liberian physician Dr. Cyril E. Broderick, Sr. is making these claims - and presents disturbing facts ... continue reading


U.S. ready to expand sanctions against military, political figures in South Sudan crisis Watch

Image of At least 10,000 people have died and more than a million people have fled their homes in South Sudan since fierce fighting erupted last December in the capital of Juba.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Frustrated with the lack of progress in ceasing the ongoing hostilities in South Sudan, the United States now says it's ready to expand sanctions against political and military figures. Ambassador Donald Booth said recent measures, including sanctions last week ... continue reading


It's already too late for millions: Experimental drugs may be key to stopping Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of Aid workers in protective gear pick up the bodies of those killed by Ebola in Sierra Leone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines might be available before the end of 2014, and could then be given to health workers and other high risk people. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An ... continue reading


Fears, superstition, paranoia and slow international response is cause of widespread Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of Medics load an infected Ebola patient onto a plane for medical transport.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the current West African Ebola outbreak is the most challenging the world has seen in the last few decades. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "[You have] a very lethal disease, placed in a setting where the ... continue reading


Extensive search to neutralize terrorist groups in Algeria begins Watch

Image of A rally at the Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou was held by citizens, students and activists of the MAK, or Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylia to honor Gourdel, the victim of the Islamic State-affiliated Djound al Khalifa.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Less than 36 hours after French tourist Hervé Gourdel was beheaded by the Islamist terrorist group Djound al Khalifa, the National People's Army of Algeria continues to rake the mountainous areas where the incident occurred. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Two doctors for an entire county? A frightening look at Liberia's understaffed medical teams Watch

Image of A medical team take care of an Ebola infected boy in Liberia.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Liberia, one of the West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, has a major lack of medical personal. This number is so low, that for a county of 85,000 people, it has only two doctors. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In Bomi County, two doctors ... continue reading


Things to come: Beheading of French tourist foretells more violence from Djoun al Khalifa Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Shortly following the beheading of French mountaineer Hervé Gourdel by agents of the terrorist organization Djoun al Khalifa, the Islamic State has offered new threats against France, its citizens and its allies. The threats are in response to U.S.-led ... continue reading


Islamic State allies behead French citizen, Herve Gourdel (VIDEO) Watch

Image of Herve Gourdel, 55, brutally murdered by Islamic State militants.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Islamic State militants in Algeria have executed French hostage, Herve Gourdel. A video has been released of the killing titled, "A Message in Blood for the French Government." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Islamic State militants operating in Algeria have ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 9:1-12, 14-16
1 Job spoke next. He said:2 Indeed, I know ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 88:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
10 Do you work wonders for the dead, can shadows rise ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:57-62
57 As they travelled along they met a man on the road ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 1st, 2014 Image

St. Therese of Lisieux
October 1: Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter