As the administrative Headquarters of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, there is no doubt that, the social profile of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria is intimidating in many respects, both within and outside the country. Through the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, the Church has been able to make significant and effective input into the social, economic and political engineering of not only Nigeria both also some African countries, especially where the initiatives taken by the Church in Nigeria have been accepted as models. In effect, we have made manifest contributions towards the reform of the electoral process, the constitutional and justice sector administration. We have left indelible marks in the health sector, education, community development and general infrastructural development in the country.
...in the recent years
The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, in the past recent years, has expended extensive resources in the promotion of integral human development in the country. Our most recent insertion in the legislative and budgetary processes in the country, at the National level, is a clear testimony of our capacity to participate and contribute adequately and appropriately to the re-engineering of our country in view of effective service of the common good.
Recently, the bishops of Nigeria took a step forward to establish a project driven Agency called the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) with the goal of ensuring due process, transparency, and stewardship in our Social Service delivery within and outside Nigeria.The watch word in the Agency is professionalism where discipline, order, creativity will configure and transform our social and human development to ensure well-being, justice, peace and harmony of the kingdom of God.
The Social Teachings of the Church have been our building blocks and pillar for these endeavours. These efforts are expressions of our determination to sustain the project of re-integrating our country, Africa and the rest of the world into the economy of the kingdom of God. The Social Teaching of the Church could provide impetus and sustenance for these efforts.
However, it is time for the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria to seek to and more effectively, also fulfil its internal obligations, as the coordinating framework of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. The reinforcement of these internal obligations, which include the promotion of the spiritual resources of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, the incardination of Christian values as the source of action and the adoption of an effective Christian vision for the common good, would constitute clear imperative for the effectiveness of our continued relevance in the social, economic and political apostolate which we have undertaken in the past with vigour. In effect, viewing the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria as the expression of the unity of the bishops, through which Nigerian Catholic bishops proclaim the Gospel to the people of Nigeria, the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria as the administrative and coordinating framework of the Conference, in synchrony with the Bishops' plenary meetings, the administrative board, the Departments and all agencies of the Conference, must be concerned about the development of the resources and strategies for assisting each bishop in his particular effort to fulfil his ministry as a diocesan bishop.
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