Adichie’s latest article, ‘Dreaming as a Single Family,’ recently published on the weekly bulletin of L’osservatore Romano’s latest edition explores the renunciation of her affiliation to the Catholic church.
Adichie, having grown up in Nigeria and under the doctrines of Catholicism, recalls putting other denominations down while upholding her catholic beliefs. She also recounts having bullied friends with protestant beliefs.
Her interest in Catholicism began to fade when she realizes that couples are sanctioned when their adult children marry into other denominations. According to Adichie, this is unnecessary and unfair.
Adichie also notes the Catholic church behaviour toward the poor; declining poor families the right to bury their dead under the approval of the Catholic church while they still owe the church money, revealing that it occurred in the church within the province of her hometown.
The self-acclaimed feminist who is presently based in the US frowns at gender discrimination; especially, female subjugation. She feels the Catholic church promotes female subjugation and discomfort by barring women who do not have their shoulders and heads covered from entry.
She posited that the catholic church in a bid to prevent male members from sinning put sanctions on the women.
Adichie, fervently believes that men should be more responsible for their lust rather than blame it on women.
In her article, Adichie stated how uncomfortable it was for her to sit in sermons that were dedicated to berating supposedly evil women; yet, constantly, such sermons were held; feeling out of place in the church became much intense when she discovered that her spirit had outgrown the space she grew up in and to which she thought she belonged.
According to Adichie, her mother’s funeral procession in the Catholic Church, came with some amount of dissatisfaction as the parish priest digressed from the funeral sermon by focusing on statements she had made during an interview, thereby lessening the importance of her mother’s death.