During the Synod on young people, the Archbishop-elect credited the Church’s growth in Cameroon to the alignment between Church teaching and the values of wider society, and the strength of the family as a cultural institution.
“People ask me, ‘Why are your churches full?’” Nkea said in 2018, to which he responded, “Coming from Africa, the family is a very, very strong institution.”
“We come from a culture in which tradition normally is handed from one generation to the other,” Nkea explained.
The Archbishop-elect has also spoken about the need for the Church to teach unambiguously on issues of morals and sexuality, remarking during the 2018 synod that he would not accept any usage of so-called LGBT terminology in Church documents because “99.9 percent” of the young people in his diocese would “stand at my door and say, 'What's this?'”
“Our traditional values still equate to the values of the Church, and so we hand over the tradition to our young people undiluted and uncontaminated,” he continued, noting that a strong sense of community in the Church is something “very important that Europe can learn from Africa.”
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In Africa, the newly-named Archbishop said, “there's still a lot of things we do as community. That is the difference.”
“What we are trying to do in these small Christian communities is to fight the in-creeping of individualism,” the Cameroonian Prelate said.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, December 28, the Holy Father appointed Fr. Augustine Ndubueze Echema of the clergy of Owerri as Bishop of Nigeria’s Aba Diocese.
Appointed on his birthday, the 61-year-old Bishop-elect has been Professor of Liturgy at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) in Port Harcourt.
He was ordained priest in August 1986 and holds a doctorate in Theology obtained from Germany-based “Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen” in Frankfurt am Main.
He has also previously served as Formator, Chaplain, and Parish Priest.
Since 1996, he has been the Chairperson of the Owerri Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission.
Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla is ACI Africa’s founding Editor-in-Chief. He was formed in the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), and later incardinated in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. He has a PhD in Media Studies from Daystar University in Kenya, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marist College, New York, USA.