Breaking: Minister Onyeama’s claim that Muslim woman and man were the godparents of his son at Christening.

Minister Onyeama’s claim that Muslim woman and man were the godparents of his son at Christening.

There’s the Canon Law and it was clear with infant baptism and what one must attain before becoming a godfather or godmother in the Catholic Church.

I’m not ready to debate about the authenticity or certainty of his claim. I can’t for sure, say it’s totally impossible. And so, he might’ve told his own truth. However, mine is merely to educate others and lay facts bare.

Sometimes, we make things which should easily slide, go away; while at other times, we rise to the responsibility of confronting those head-on, with aim at shaming either the damning or destructive lies or wrong choices. These things are all games, but you can’t play football just the same way you play basket or hand ball. They’ve rules.

I’m a Christian and of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church is one and same, globally. It’s not separated nor divided in worship or ecclesiastical approach. However, except for in extreme circumstances which are quite rare, rules may be relaxed, depending on region, place and events. There’s The Canon Law.

“The Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members”.

I would attach here under what Fada Ejiofor Samson Asadu dugged-up for our perusal. I don’t have strength for lame debates please, but if you bring it up, I may magically have the energy come back, and ready to thrash it or with you, head-on.

Our Canon Law:

“Requisites for being a sponsor at baptism in the Catholic Church”

Canon 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

1/ be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;

2/ have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;

3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;

4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

5/ not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

§2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism”.

Many of us Catholics have continued to wonder on what Minister Geoffery Onyeama strived to achieve with his tribute, including the intertwining of all religion. If it’s to make a good read, it achieved it, but if it were to appeal to some of us, definitely not all of us, in the end, it actually failed, and failed woefully.

Well, jobs must be protected. Oga is merely protecting his, and we understand.

Tobenna Obiano.