By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
The Spiritual Leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed the Founder and National Coordinator of the Holy Family Society of Nigeria, Sir David Osunde and wife, Lady Mary-Joan Osatohanmwem, members of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
The Pope, who selected the duo alongside nine other families from other countries to join the Pontifical Academies of Life and the Family, expressed his pleasure over the activities of the Holy Family Society of Nigeria, which he said has been instrumental towards the propagation of wholesome family practices in the country for the past two decades.
As members of the Pontifical Academies of Life and the Family, Osunde and his wife are expected to join other members of the body in advising the universal Church on the promotion of family and human life values in consonance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
While the pontifical council for the family assists Roman Catholic Bishops around the world on family matters, the Council for life constitutes of bishops, theologians and lay people who are committed towards protecting the culture of life.
Among the lay members of this council, is Dr Evelyn Billings, an Australian doctor who with her late husband, Dr John Billings, developed the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning.