Sometime last month on Linda Ikeji’s blog, I read a post saying that His Holiness Pope Francis grants Catholic priests the right to “forgive” women who have had abortions. Read the post here.

Before I proceed with today’s post, let me just say how naive and uninformed we Nigerians can be. As a blogger, how can you not research the accurate information before posting it for millions of people to see?

Fellow Catholics would have obviously caught this error in the post headline while non-Catholic’s will definitely misconstrue the headline for exactly what it says which is totally against what the Catholic church represents.

Just for clarification for non-Catholics, Reverend Fathers or Priests of the Catholic church DO NOT “forgive” sin. They merely ABSOLVE you of your sin meaning they set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, or responsibility by giving absolution and penance for (a sin).

Please do not be misinformed and do not get the wrong idea of the Catholic church. Only God can forgive sin. Catholic priests HAVE NEVER  and WILL NEVER be able “forgive” sin.

Today’s post does not entirely reprimand our Nigerian bloggers but rather it discusses some of the irregularity, incongruity and somewhat absurdity of the Catholic doctrine. I am a die hard, dedicated Catholic but even I sometimes question the doctrine the Catholic church teaches.

I am going to touch on the few mentioned in today’s topic one after the other.


Like we must have read in the link I embedded to Pope Francis’ declaration, Catholic priests have now been granted permission from His Holiness to ABSOLVE (not forgive) the sin of abortion.

Yes, abortion is a sin. Abortion is murder! I totally agree with that BUT why were Catholic priests not able to “absolve” the sin of abortion from someone who comes with a contrite heart and is truly sorry for her sins?

I find it to be totally wrong that those who commit abortion are more or less “condemned” to Hell and expelled from the Catholic church.

I am a firm believer that sin is sin and no sin is greater than the other but the Catholic church doesn’t agree with me on that – will touch more on the different types of sin according to the Catholic church later on in this post.

I remember one time growing up and the priest did an altar call for those who have committed abortion or supported a friend in committing abortion. Initially, no one was willing to come out as they were all afraid of getting “excommunicated” from the Catholic church.

The priest had to assure them that there would be no adverse punishment for coming out and that he simply was creating an opportunity for those living with such sin to bare their burden and free their hearts from sin.

It definitely took a bit of courage but eventually people started coming out all claiming to have “supported a friend” in committing abortion lol

Now, doesn’t it seem wrong that people are scared to ask God to forgive their sins? The Bible says in James 5:16 that “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other, so that you may be forgiven” – this is the backing of the Catholic church for “confession of sin” to a priest.

It doesn’t say “confess your sins (except abortion)”. It clearly says confess your SINS!!!! As many as can be.

I believe Pope Francis is the Pope of the people and I know that he is going to effect changes in some of the most rigid and unpractical rules in the Catholic church, starting with abortion.


Before I got married, I had to endure THREE MONTHS of marriage counseling and teachings about the Canon Law and what have you.

A particular topic that caught my attention then is the issue of Birth Control. The Catholic church frowns on any means of Birth Control. From pills, to condoms, implants, anything that you take in order reduce or terminate the effect of the sperm or egg is completely unacceptable in the Catholic church. WHY?

Birth control is so unacceptable that the priest who presided over our marriage counseling class was literally teaching me how to “count” my ovulation cycle. Apparently, that is the only method accepted by the Catholic church, ABSTINENCE.

So during marriage counseling, you are taught how to count your cycle and asked to abstain from sex whilst ovulating so you do not risk getting pregnant or committing “sin” by using a condom or taking birth control pills.

I am married, Catholic and I use birth control. SUE ME!

Yes, I believe in the counting method 100%. I’ve already taught you how to do that. Click here to learn how to count your ovulation cycle if you do not know how.

But I just like Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul the first) who was murdered just 33 days after being elected Pope DOES NOT agree with the Catholic church on their stand against Birth Control.

Pope John Paul the first was in total support of birth control and was going to pass the bill for the Catholic church to support it just before his demise. Unfortunately, in the Catholic church, as long as the Pope hasn’t made a public declaration, regardless of if he had already compiled the paperwork, such changes CANNOT and WILL NOT be implemented.

My hope really lies in Pope Francis and I pray he rescues us sooner than later from this misconception of birth control being associated with sin.


In the Catholic church, there are three types of sin. Venial sin e.g: lies, Mortal sin e.g: murder and sin of the Holy Spirit e.g: Blasphemy.

The Catholic church teaches that if you deny the existence of God, make mockery of God or commit blasphemy, amongst others, that you have committed the “sin of the Holy Spirit”. And that sin is believed to be absolutely unpardonable and leads straight to the pit of hell.

I really hate to say this but who are we to judge?

Yes, it is wrong to deny the existence of God but even Peter in the Bible denied Jesus three times and still got forgiven.

So if Peter could be forgiven, why cant we?

I understand that sometimes the Catholic church gives these teachings so as to scare people away from committing sin at all. In the sense that when you realize you will go straight to hell if you deny the Lord your God, you will endeavor not to.

Regardless of the motive, I believe the entire teaching is wrong and needs to be changed.

People should be able to ask for forgiveness of their sins without worry or fear of condemnation, excommunication or “going to Hell”. Let God be the judge of that.

For example, I believe Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus in the Bible would have had a chance at eternal life if he had simply asked God for forgiveness for betraying his Lord and master rather than sentencing himself to condemnation by committing suicide. I believe suicide was his personal choice and THAT led to his condemnation not his betrayal of Jesus Christ like the church sometimes teaches.

There are so many other doctrines and teachings of the Catholic church that are questionable but I handpicked these three and decided to throw more light on them.

Like I said, I am a die hard Catholic but nothing can make me actually believe that God cannot forgive ANY and EVERY sin. I believe that no sin can condemn you to death except of course you do not genuinely ask for forgiveness from above just like Judas.

Do you know any other anomaly in the Catholic church?

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9 replies »

  1. I really find it annoying when people especially Nigerian so-called gossip bloggers sensationalise bits of news and lacing them with decided untruths just to attract people to read! The damage caused by feeding people lies is almost impossible to repair. Especially for a society where a majority of its people choose to be literate illiterates. Linda Ikejis blog is one of those disreputable blogs that thrives on tripe!


  2. I couldn’t agree with you any more Jacqueline. It is so sad that people get misled by the falsifying and sometimes fabricated messages passed along on these gossip blogs. It really is a pitiable dismay.


  3. I agree with your post. I am a Catholic and I have always been critical of the church’s stand on birth control. I don’t see how birth control is bad, especially if it helps prevent you from having an abortion.
    There is one anomaly that I have noticed, and that is limited to priests out side Nigeria. After I left Nigeria, I noticed that folks don’t like the Catholic church. Younger people don’t even bother going to the church, and those that do go are openly critical of a particular issue. This issue is the fact that the church does nothing about the alleged constant molestation of little boys by catholic priests, both in the Vatican and in other countries. There is actually a website that lists the names of these priests that have molested little boys in the States. Every time an alter boy is molested, the priest is just transferred to another diocese. I am no saint so I believe in forgiveness, but I think that at some point a priest should be exiled from the church if he continues doing the same thing to alter boys. Every time a priest is caught with a male hooker or in a compromising situation with a little boy and nothing happens to him, it makes the Catholic church one big hypocritical joke. If I weren’t born catholic, I would be reluctant to be part of a religion, that is openly critical of gay people, in fact condemns them, but the leaders are proving to be gay and pedophiles.
    This news is hard for me believe me. I fought it as long as possible, but the longer I stayed here and heard or saw more priests “newly caught” I started to accept that these priests are actually doing this. We all know priests take a vow of celibacy and a lot of us may secretly wonder if they do uphold that vow. My issue is, if they are going to break that vow, that’s their call and it’s between them and God, but when they hurt little boys, well then I have a huge problem and I want my church to do something besides transferring the priests.


  4. I hear your cry Lydia and frankly, this also occurs in Nigeria. The only difference is that abroad, there is a documented database for crimes.

    Here in Nigeria on the other hand where there is no centralised database, it is hard to keep track of all the ongoing mischief in parishes and arch dioceses.

    Not to lay accusing fingers, but I know of Priests and seminarians that you Lydia are well aware of back in the day who molested certain young ladies in our parish. Believe it or not!

    Let’s not even forget Reverend Sisters who also engage in immoral acts.

    I’ve come across a picture of a well known Reverend Sister wearing nothing but a skimpy lingerie. This picture was in the phone of a certain man who was separated from him wife.

    Do we assume the worst for the Reverend sister or Reverend fathers in this case? As Christians, we’re taught not to judge but most likely, the fact that their acts go overlooked is a major factor in the rise and repeated actions of such immoral acts.

    Something really needs to be done and fast!


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