Reverend Father Gabriel Ngbe of Akwangwa Catholic Church, in Nasarawa state has said that it is better to have many wives at home than have one and still have lovers outside.
He said this on Sunday, December 11 while canvassing for the need for all Catholic Churches to indoctrinate some of the elements of African culture. This he said while celebrating Acculturation Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Akwanga.
Vanguard reports that Ngbe insisted that the Catholic doctrine most be amended, especially in the African Catholic Churches in order to accommodate every member of the Church.
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“The Whiteman that brought Christianity to us mixed the religion with his culture and Africans just accepted it like that at the expense of our culture. If we did not incorporate parts of our culture into the way we worship God, our culture would in no distant time go into extinction,” he said.
He said that anybody who practiced polygamy before accepting Christ should be given equal treatment in the Church with those that have only one wife.
“It is better to have many wives at home than to have only one and yet have many girl friends and lovers outside,” the priest said.
Ngbe therefore commended the Yoruba people for incorporating their culture in the way they practiced both Christianity and Islam and urged others to emulate them.