Lagos, 24 September, 2022 / 9:38 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has lauded Catholic lawyers in the country for their interventions in various matters of the West African nation, and urged them to arm themselves more with the social teachings of the Church as they seek to address challenges facing the country.
In his Sunday, September 18 homily at the celebration of the new Legal Year Mass for the Association of Catholic Lawyers in Nigeria, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins called upon the country’s legal experts to always seek to embrace the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the human being, the common good and promotion of faith in their line of duty.
Archbishop Adewale also urged the Catholic lawyers to always adhere to the needs of the poor, rights and responsibilities of people, the dignity of labor and the rights of workers, as they go about practicing their legal profession.
“We are glad that your association makes comments on the state of the nation, based on the social teaching of the Church. I believe you will allow the social teachings of the Church to guide you and to guide your interventions,” Archbishop Adewale said.
He added, “I therefore urge you to arm yourselves with knowledge of the social teachings of the Church so that you can bear witness effectively to Christ as Catholics and as lawyers. As you bring these values to your practice of the law, I believe that the social order would be better and our country Nigeria will be able to rise and attain the heights that I believe God has in stock for her.”