The unique place of Education in human development justifies the attention it gets in the national budgets of countries across the world. The relationship between Education and National development grew from the assumption that economic, political and social growth of modern and modernizing world depends on the strength and organization of their education. In keeping with this assumption, schools, as the center for formal education continues to attract critical assessment in the effort to make them more effective in turning out graduates that will positively shape the society. It is therefore desirable for the Catholic Church as one of the prime movers of education development in Nigeria, to create a forum in which to study, update and develop new and better insights to improve the quality of Catholic education in Nigeria.
This book on the proceeding of the First Summit on Catholic Education in Nigeria can be a tool for professional development for education leaders and a resource and reference book for individuals and dioceses for planning of education programme. The contributors relied on valuable historic facts of Catholic Education in Nigeria that have never been so expressed in a forum of this kind.
The provision of qualitative education to Nigerians, irrespective of their different religions and backgrounds has always been a keen object of the Catholic Church in Nigeria; coming next to her evangelization apostolate. This book is a compilation of the proceedings of the second Abuja Summit, held in October 2014; with the resolutions adopted at the end of summit. It is a repository that is veritable for the enhancement of the education system and development of our great country Nigeria.
This book which was published in 2015 by the Family and Human Life unit of CBCN is a curriculum presented to merge technical skills with methodological fluidity; a straight-forward tool of study to be used by resource material developers, parents, and teachers. It provides teaching goals for all levels from nursery to senior secondary school, seminaries and formation houses, post-secondary school youth and parish-based programme. The Curriculum is divided into 3 sections: “Faith and Morals; Sexuality; Health, and Safety, and Character, Family, and Society, with each level building upon and advancing the information taught in previous levels. It provides a continuum to a full understanding of each individual’s personhood and uniqueness. It is truly a Catholic document which is at the same time global in outlook and situated to the Nigerian context.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2012 is addressed to priests and deacons with the aim of encouraging them in their commitment to chaste and celibate living. Secondly, it to all in formation for the priesthood and religious life to have a right understanding of what celibacy entails while at the same time be correctly formed in the spirit and truth of celibacy living.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2015 is designed to guide the Catholic schools in the Christian faith tradition and in the academic excellence. It offers important guideline for education in a catholic school setting.
Catholic Education is part and parcel of the Church’s divine mandate to preach the Good News to all creation. The Catholic Church’s Policy on education in Nigeria is thus integral to its overall Pastoral Plan of Evangelization. The Catholic Policy on Education in Nigeria is intended to guide the church and help parents fulfill the obligation of providing Christian education for the children. While drawing principally from Catholic Educational principles it works in consonance with Nigeria’s National Policy on Education.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2009 specifies some specific issues of mutual relations between Religious institutes and the local church in Nigeria. The fact that the life of the consecrated personas is lived within the Church is an opportunity and a challenge to religious institutes and local church to reflect on issues of mutual concern and to propose ways and means of addressing such issues. In order to commend and encourage her consecrated men and women in holiness, the Church seeks to regulate the life of the vows.
The fiftieth anniversary of Nigeria’s political independence from Britain presents to us a unique opportunity to look back in gratitude for God’s numerous blessings on our country, and to look forward in hope. Many indeed have offered their opinions and thoughts in this regard. As Catholic Bishops of Nigeria we affirm that this is indeed an occasion in which to count our blessings and with soberness to acknowledge our missed opportunities. It is time to jettison the false optimism of blind nationalism which sees nothing wrong with Nigeria while considering any view to the contrary unpatriotic. It is also a time to answer the call to assume anew the task of building a nation which according to our national anthem will be “bound in freedom, peace and unity”. That is why, fifty years after the Pastoral Letter of our illustrious predecessors, we issue this Joint Pastoral Letter to reflect on the current situation of our people and on some of the issues that face our dear country, Nigeria.
For some years, the Church in Nigeria has been concerned with the number of religious congregations, societies of consecrated life and lay associations established either without the proper procedures of founding Religious institutes or simply having a life of their own as some of them come into being without reference to any ecclesiastical authority. This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2014 sets the stage by giving guidelines and directives on the founding religious institutes and lay associations in Nigeria.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2017 is presented to the diocese in the Church in Nigeria to enable them to be on the same page with the Universal Church as well as work to forestall the abuse of Minors and vulnerable adults. Every diocese, every priest must be accountable by striving to live up to the integrity of the Catholic Priesthood.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 1997 addresses the issue of healing ministry in Nigeria. The CBCN having noticed some abuses in the exercise of the charisma of healing in both the Clergy, religious and laity, men and women issued these guidelines to prevent further deviation in this aspect of the life of the Church in Nigeria.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2013 reiterates spirituality and morality as the guiding principles in the life and ministry of priests. The CBCN recognizes the prevailing circumstances and the ever increasing modern mentalities greatly influencing the life of priests in Nigeria and brought in focus the priestly identity as well as sets out once again some guidelines for the life and ministry of priests living and working in and for the Nigerian Church.
At the approach of the Third Millennium, it became imperative to take a reflection on the ministerial priesthood. This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2004 has a deeply pastoral outlook on the Priesthood. “At the beginning of the third millennium, we desire to support, encourage and challenge one another to a more authentic living of this priceless gift, shared with us by Christ through the Church. We offer this letter on the priesthood as a genuine ‘vade meeum’, an indispensable pocket companion.” Writes the CBCN.
The Catholic Church in Nigeria through its hierarchy, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has remained persistent and consistent in the protection of the integrity of Nigerians as well as ensuring Justice, equity and fairness at sharing the country’s resources.
As the Voice of the Voiceless, the Conference has, through the her communiqués issued at the end of each of its annual biennial plenary meetings, constructively spoken on the state of the nation; and in defense of the majority of Nigerians, so that there can be socio-economic justice, sustenance of the secular nature of the country and freedom of religion; promotion of family and cultural values and equal distribution of the nation’s wealth.
This book which was published in 2009 is a compilation of communiqués issued by the Bishops, from 1963-2015. It however does not contain other policy statement, commentaries, memoranda and press releases; the conference has used to inspire the emergence of a great Nigerian nation, justice, love, peace protection of the dignity of the human person and entrenchment of human rights, societal and communal equality.
The publication is a must companion for all Catholic faithful and indeed all Nigerians, who believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the emergence of a Nigerian nation that can be counted among the comity of nations where natural endowments, facilities and opportunities are utilize for the benefit of the majority, especially the poor, the marginalized and the less-privileged.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2005 discusses the issue of priestly formation in the Nigerian Church. As the Church in our land comes of age, the needs of priestly formation have also increased in correspondence with the increase in the number of vocations. The document recommends that the formation of priests today must take seriously the religious, cultural, economic and socio-political context of formation. It underscores the fact that the confused and confusing religious landscape of our time calls for the formation of shepherds who will be like Christ.
This document which was issued by CBCN and published in 2009 recognizes that each person has unique charisma and gifts which are needed if the church is to fulfill its mission for the world, and thus the vision of co-responsibility and collaborative ministry is to be proclaimed. The document serves as a carter for the future-whereby the whole Church, laity, Religious and Priests move forward together to establish God’s kingdom of Justice, Unity and Peace. The document draws copiously from the principles furnished by popes, the various Vatican Congregations and the Pontifical Councils of this Post-Conciliar Church adapted to the Nigerian context. The scope and style are deliberately simple and concise to serve every class of Nigeria.
Since the return of civil democratic rule in 1999, successive Nigerian governments, at different moments, have taken measures to address the twin problems of corruption and bad governance in the country. Some measures taken, such as setting up of two anti-graft agencies and the institution and enforcement of new regime of fiscal regulation in public life, appear to have achieved very little success. We have now arrived at a situation where many well-meaning countrymen and women are saying that “If Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”
This book contains the statements of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria on the challenges of corruption and its impediment of the political and socio-economic development of the country since 1960-2015. It was published in 2009.