Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah on Monday decried the pursuit of materials things by church leaders at the expense of consecration, communion and evangelism.
Kukah in an address at the 2nd Symposium and 50th death anniversary of Archbishop Charles Heery, held at Madonna Renewal Centre, Nkpor and Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, urged clerics to practise what they preach and pursue evangelism.
The Catholic Bishop extolled the virtues of Archbishop Charles Heery especially in the area of communion and evangelism.
Corroborating Kukah, Archbishop of Onitsha and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke urged Church leaders to emulate Heery for his commitment to evangelism.
Okeke said, “While many people in Nigeria today suffer poverty and want, church leaders and men of God who have taken a public vow of poverty, enjoy at least adequate material well-being and often have very comfortable houses, cars, and top technology in phones and computers and so on.
“To that something different which Jesus asked the rich young man to do, ‘sell all we own and give the money to the poor and come follow me’ is something we religious leaders cannot do because of our many obligations. It is something many will not want to do because of the securities it affords us.
“In terms of mission, it has been said that responding to the needs of the people determines where and how we live as church leaders, such as preaching of the gospel where it is most needed. God is asking religious leaders to use not only your personnel, but also your houses, your space, your other resources to be of service to the people in whatever way we can,” Okeke said.