Catholic Church allows separation in cases of domestic violence — Archbishop Adewale

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Dr Alfred Adewale says, “No cleric should ever support or encourage any woman or even a man to continue to stay in an abusive relationship or marriage. It will be tantamount to connivance for any clergyman to support domestic violence.”

Dr Adewale stated this while reacting to the matrimonial imbroglio that led death of a Gospel music artiste in Abuja, saying that, “Though the bible admonishes the woman to be submissive to her husband (Ephesians 5:22-33), it’s not a license for the man to become a terror.”

Speaking through his Director of Social of Communications, Reverend Father Anthony Godonu, the Archbishop emphasized that:

“I believe strongly that any woman who feels her life is truly and sincerely threatened by her spouse should get out of such marriage immediately. The Catholic Church in such instance grants express separation until otherwise.

Vanguard/Maxwell Oyekunle


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