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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Pope Francis threatens to fire Nigerian priests for refusal to obey him and their bishop

Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has laid down an ultimatum to defiant Nigerian priests; lose your job if you don’t obey me and your bishop.
Pope Francis met with a delegation from the Ahiara diocese, on June 8 at the Vatican. The delegation from the diocese is an area where priests have been refusing to accept the 2012 appointment by the then pontiff, Benedict XVI, of the local bishop.
Defending the pope's unusual harsh order, Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, said that Francis was acting “for the good of the people of God” by threatening to suspend the priests from the ministry if they didn’t pledge in a letter, by July 9, “total obedience” to Francis and accept Bishop Peter Okpaleke’s appointment.

According to Associated Press, Pope Francis told the visiting delegation he was “very sad” about the priests’ refusal to obey and ruled out tribal loyalties as explaining the refusal.

Africa has been one of the continents where the Catholic church is growing. The faithful and clergy there often imbue their practices with local culture in dynamic contrast to more traditional routines in Europe or North America.

Pope Francis’ move to end disobedience to the Vatican aims at ensuring the growing church there will be loyal to the pontiff.His remarks to the visiting delegation indicated how dangerous he viewed any rebellion against papal authority. "Those priests opposing Okpaleke’s taking up of his office want to destroy the church, which is not permitted" Pope Francis said in his address to the delegation.

He also demanded that each priest in the diocese write to him asking forgiveness and clearly manifest total obedience to the pope. or run the rsik of loosing their current office. "They must also accept the bishop chosen by Rome. If, within a month, each priest doesn’t do so, he will be ispo facto suspended, such as from the celebration of the sacraments, and “will lose his current office" Francis warned.

Francis acknowledged that his move “seems very harsh.” He added that he had even considered the extraordinary remedy of suppressing the entire diocese but didn’t, so as not to hurt rank-and-file faithful. He said he thought the rebellious priests might have been manipulated from outside the diocese or even abroad, but named no culprits.

In 2015, the diocese served around 520,000 Catholics, out of a local population of about 675,000, and had 128 diocesan priests and seven other priests. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the priests were involved in the rebellion against the bishop’s appointment.

Source: Associated Press

34 comments:

emeka matthew chigbo said...

Enter your comment...Well well it has come this, we catholics believe that the Pope is infallible in his pontifical duties,hhhmmm let's take it from here...my people of Ahiara diocese, sofry sofry is d word,... he who fights and run away,lives to fight another day...ka Chineke mezie okwu.Amen#proudlycatholic#

Bashir Danlami said...

With this dis unity they want biafra. I see another south Sudan in the making

Anonymous said...

Just because the priest is from another place but all Igbo o...and we still think Biafra is our problem?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚...Biafra KO Biafraud ni

Anonymous said...

Okpaleke is probably yoruba going by his name. Na wah o. Politics n tribalism in the house of God. Is there tribe in heaven?

Agbomen said...

Nigerians and indiscipline! Them don carry am reach where Papal dey. Chai!

Sweetchild Sweet said...

Are they to unconditionally obey you outside what the bible? Anyway you guys are ALL the same (dogmatically warped minded).So you can kill each other for all I care

Anonymous said...

Aba diocese will be the next

Anonymous said...

that serves them right. bringing tribalism inside the house of God is absolute rubbish

Anonymous said...

that serves them right. bringing tribalism inside the house of God is absolute rubbish

Anonymous said...

North is already a South Sudan already... War, disease,povertY,high death rate and all!!!Your own problem is staring @ you sternly on the face, worry about ur region

soul child said...

Are you even Christian? Pls you will do well to keep your mouth in your pocket concering such matter.

Mary Oye said...

I think Ahiara Diocese is full of mad people. Bishop Opkaleke is from Anambra State. In the Catholic Church, a Bishop can be appointed from anywhere by the Pope. The Bishop must not come from that Diocese or even State or Country. Their own son can be made a Bishop somewhere else. They should therefore stop this madness.

Mary Oye said...

I think Ahiara Diocese is full of mad people. Bishop Opkaleke is from Anambra State. In the Catholic Church, a Bishop can be appointed from anywhere by the Pope. The Bishop must not come from that Diocese or even State or Country. Their own son can be made a Bishop somewhere else. They should therefore stop this madness.

Anonymous said...

Mbaise raa ka unu ji.

Anonymous said...

Sweetchild please mind your business as you are not a Catholic. Where does bible come into this ? And yes if you want to know our Pope is infallible.

Uju babe said...

Obey Papal order mbaise pple or face ur priests dismissal

okafor richard said...

Ahu adiro gi....

okafor richard said...

Mumu anonymous northerner

okafor richard said...

Na so una carry tribalism enter church

Anonymous said...

With all the terrorism, hunger, pauperism, diseases, and marriage of toddlers, you want Areas. I see hell fire in the making.

Anonymous said...

You are a mobile illiterate. Okpalaeke is Igbo name. It means, son of creation.

Anonymous said...

What rubbish are u guys saying? Tribalism? Okpalaeke is Igbo, not Yoruba. It means son of creation. You are wasting your MB pls

Anonymous said...

Be subject to authorities as d Bible injuctd

Anonymous said...

Igbos and your religious nonsense. No identity of your own. Imagine a Yoruba man arguing over being a priest to a pope in Rome. Disgraceful.

Time for an Igbo travel ban!

Anonymous said...

Pope francis threaten to fire Biafran priest for refusal to obey him and their bishops...pope never see anything those Igbo people no get respect for anybody.

Nnabuife Nwobodo said...

its good to make a random comment but pls know about the issue in question before writing what you dont know

optimisticlady said...

Mbaise people eeh ..
I never see!
I looooove the Pope's stand on this.

Anonymous said...

ehnnnnn papal we will obey u oh, but this politics is everywhere even in vatican since the whites hv refused to give us an African as a pope, they couldn't even make Blessed Iwene a saint n u guys refused to make cardinal Arinze a pope..

Anonymous said...

Where is the love. I just they πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚is that what u people read in the bible. To be tribastic right. No problem Una Go Biafra split o wen una love each una sef. Even for church chai. I blvd papa Francis go don day chakra hin head nw. Kai moti keran meero. Kasala water don pass Garry, I don carry cow join crowd oo

Anonymous said...

Smelling hatred nd disunity Among and u all are coming out with planksboard I seee biarun even in the church.as the Yorubas says.won nii ise ile lo man gbe nii de ita.when the bible says love ur neighbour as u love ursf even ur enemy. Oga Francis just forgive dem becuus they don't knw what they are doing. But der selfish mindset, cruel and jealousy.

RareSpecie Z said...

Lol.
It should read 'Igbos n indiscipline' pls

Anonymous said...

Igbo and sentiments.I am a catholic an Edo lady married to delta man,the problem I face is people greeting me in IBO language in the church and once am not able to respond they just change their friendship hand and tag me like its a crime not considering that we are Nigerians.thank God I quickly change to a redeem church where I feel loved.And here they come as Biafra who will join them when they got no simple love to show me now

Vivian Reginalds said...

Anonymous 18:06pm- I REALLY PITY YOUR FAITH BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? IN LESS THAN A YEAR, YOU'D QUICKLY LEAVE WHATEVER CHURCH YOU CLAIM TO BE IN NOW FOR ANOTHER AND THAT'S HOW YOU'D BECOME ASHAWO CHURCH INUGO?

JUS JISIKE NA AGBAGHARI!!!
YEYE!
DON'T GOAN FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR TROUBLE OOO

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

You're talking a bit too much again...even under your new name, you still reek of bullshit.

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