“Do not reduce Christianity to marketplace prophecies”

“Do not reduce Christianity to marketplace prophecies”

Archbishop-Ignatius-Kaigama-321x320Do not decrease Christianity to “marketplace prophecies and visions,” said President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) to the priests.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama told the Catholic priests that “at a time when Christianity seems to be reduced to marketplace prophecies, visions and charismatic display of talents and wealth, Catholics must try to preserve spiritual sanity, sobriety and fidelity to our Catholic identity, culture and traditions.”

While speaking at the opening Mass of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Archbishop added that “we must avoid in our Church, melodramatic displays that resemble modern Broadway shows. Those priests, who tend to compete with so-called trendy pastors to dream dreams, see visions and utter prophecies are reminded that not all dreams, visions and prophecies and revelations are from God.”

On the other hand, he urged the priests to “teach our people the value of contemplative/internalised prayers, simple spontaneous prayers from the heart as well as prayers such as the Angelus, Rosary, Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross and the meditative reading of the Word of God rather than undue emphasis on psychedelic spirituality.”