- A Catholic church in Nigeria has annulled 30 marriages officiated in the church
- According to reports, the diocese of Orlu cited fake birth certificates as the reason for the annulments
- Judicial Vicar of the Diocese, Fr Donsteve Nnagha, stated that most of the annulled marriages were on the grounds of deceit by spouses
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The Catholic church has terminated 30 marriages in Nigeria. According to reports, the Catholic Diocese of Orlu expressed concern over the numerous cases of people entering into marriages with forged birth certificates.
The church revealed that that was one of the reasons for the annulments. The Judicial Vicar of the Diocese, Fr Donsteve Nnagha, spoke on the issue during a mass service.
In a recent interview with a Catholic newspaper, he added that deceit by a spouse, which the other partner sees as unacceptable and a deal-breaker soon after the wedding, had been another major cause of failed marriages in recent times.
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Speaking on the statistics, the priest said these acts were mostly carried out by women.
Still on marital issues, when it comes to making a marriage work, the emphasis on staying faithful to one's partner is often stressed. For most people, having intimate relationships with anyone other than one's partner is often what they regard as adultery. However, Reno Omokri believes it is often deeper than that.
According to him, anyone who values the opinion of their pastors, friends and in-laws above that of your spouse is also considered to be committing adultery. He wrote: "Adultery is not only when you have extramarital intercourse. As a married person, when you honour, respect and obey your pastor, in-law or friend above your spouse, you adulterate your marriage and undermine spousal unity."
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