The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah and the leadership of the Order of Catholic Knights of St. Mulumba of Nigeria, have expressed concern over the rapid decline in family values and the extended effect on the stability of marriages and the society at large.

They also want urgent action against trends of social violence currently thriving in the society under the guise of “modernisation”, which they said result in human rights abuses and create disharmony among Christian homes.

These concerns were expressed at the 38th Supreme Council Convention of the Knights of St Mulumba, held in St Leo Catholic Church Lagos at the weekend.

Attended by delegates from 240 sub-councils in the nine Metropolitan Councils of the Order across Nigeria, this year’s event was themed: “Family values, human rights and the challenges of modernisation in Nigeria”.

Bishop Kukah who delivered the key note address titled, “The Catholic family and the crisis of modernity: Some thoughts on the future of Catholicism in Nigeria”, said the Catholic Church was threatened by the rapid influence of modernisation embraced by its members, warning that the trend portends threat to the stability of the Church, Christian homes and the society at large.

He maintained that the Catholic Church which had existed for over 2,000 years ought not to be pressured into submitting to trends of “modernisation” which today youth and other categories of worshippers embraced in response to societal challenges considered unhealthy to the Church.

Bishop Kukah said: “Today, we live in a world that hangs precariously on a balance. Nowhere is this manifested more clearly than the crisis that the human family now faces. The family is the first unit of society that suffers disproportionate violence when any society is in crisis.”

Earlier, the Acting Supreme Knight of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Sir Diamond Ovueraye, had told Journalists at the pre-Convention media briefing that the group had played supportive roles in restoring the decline in family values through evangelism, educational support and lectures.

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