Former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri has tackled a Catholic Priest for enforcing ‘no PVC no communion’ rule in his parish.
TopNaija understands that a Catholic clergyman took to his Twitter handle to disclose a new development in an attempt to ensure that members of his parish get their PVC ahead of the 2023 election.
He tweeted: “In my Parish, we have enforced No PVC NO COMMUNION”
However, this did not sit well with the Human Rights activist, Reno Omokri who stated that the communion should not be politicized and the Pope would not approve of such a decision.
In order to drive home his point, the author went on to list the five conditions for a Catholic to participate in the communion.
According to him, once those conditions are met, nobody has the right to deny them of partaking in such a sacred rite.
Reno Omokri said such enforcement should not be done as a means of pushing a political agenda because there are other religious organizations in Nigeria who have the capacity to play such a game too.
He wrote: “But honestly, should we be politicising the Holy Communion? I am not sure the Pope would approve of this. The Catholic Church that I know was a apolitical. If you meet the 5 conditions for receiving the Holy Eucharist, no priest should deny you of partaking in such a sacred rite, even if you have no PVC.”
“To the best of my knowledge, the five conditions for a professing Catholic to receive the Catholic Holy Communion are”
1. You must be in a state of grace.
2. You must have been to confession since your last mortal sin.
3. You must believe in Church doctrine regarding Transubstantiation.
4. You must observe the Eucharist Fast.
5. You must not have been excommunicated, or otherwise censured by the Catholic Church.
“Once you meet the five conditions listed above, why would any priest deny you the right to take Communion because you do not have a PVC?”
“I am being objective here. I said the same thing when the RCCG set up a political directorate. Before we allow religious organisations push political agendas, we must realise that there are other religions in Nigeria, who have the capacity to play this game. Let us not start what we cannot finish”