Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
|Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos|
|Appointed||13 April 1973|
|Term ended||25 May 2012|
|Predecessor||John Kwao Amuzu Aggey|
|Successor||Alfred Adewale Martins|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano|
|Ordination||11 December 1966
by John Kwao Amuzu Aggey
|Consecration||29 August 1971
by Owen McCoy
|Created Cardinal||21 October 2003|
|Birth name||Anthony Olubunmi Okogie|
16 June 1936 |
|Coat of arms|
Anthony Olubumni Okogie
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Okogie was born to a royal family of Uromi in Edo State. His father was Esan and his mother was Yoruba. Okogie was ordained as a priest on 11 December 1966. He holds a licentiate in sacred theology, and had planned to study in Rome, but was called to Nigeria where he was a pastoral assistant at the Holy Cross Cathedral. He was drafted into the Nigerian army, and served there as a chaplain. After another period of service at Holy Cross Cathedral, he was an instructor at King's College.
In 1971, he was ordained titular Bishop of Mascula and Auxiliary of Oyo, and in 1973 named Archbishop. As Archbishop, Okogie was the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, and, from 1994 to 2000, headed the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.
Cardinal Okogie volunteered to die in place of a Muslim woman who had been condemned to death by stoning by an Islamic court for adultery.
He was proclaimed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 October 2003, and holds the title of Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano (or in English Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano). During his cardinalate, Okogie was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Okogie was also one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis. During the opening day of the 2013 conclave, Cardinal Okogie was notable in that he was the one cardinal who was in a wheelchair during most of the proceedings, standing up only when it came time for him to walk towards the gospels and make the cardinal electors' oath. During the procession and entry into conclave, Cardinal Okogie was the one cardinal from the Latin church who did not wear the mozzetta.
His resignation from the pastoral governance of the see of Lagos because of having reached the age limit of 75 years was accepted on 25 May 2012.
In 2007, he condemned the government approval of a condom factory.
Cardinal Okogie has defended the Catholic Church's laws on celibacy for Catholic priests.
Okogie has been critical of American culture, especially as it relates to priestly vocations. He said “those people there, in the US, they don’t value anything any more. And how do you want priests to come from a place like that?”
- Obed Minchakpu (1 February 2002). "Archbishop Proposes to Die in Place of Woman Sentenced to Stoning". Christianity Today. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church: Conclaves of the 21st Century (2005)". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- Procession and entrance in Conclave (Television production) (in Italian). Rome: Centro Televisivo Vaticano. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- "Cardinal electors – Conclave of March 2013 – Arranged in alphabetical order". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Conclave of March 2013". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- Peter Ajayi Dada (4 January 2007). "Nigerian cardinal condemns government approval of condom factory". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Chioma Gabriel, Sam Eyoboka (24 July 2009). "I had three girlfriends, I still have sexual urge". Vanguard. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
|Catholic Church titles|
Francis Anani Kofi Lodonu
|Titular Bishop of Mascula
Jan Bernard Szlaga
John Kwao Amuzu Aggey
|Metropolitan Archbishop of Lagos
1973 – 2012
Alfred Adewale Martins
Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka
|President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria
Albert Kanene Obiefuna
John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung
|Cardinal-Priest of Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano
2003 – present