Catholic church suspends Priest for joining Benue governorship race

Catholic church suspends Priest for joining Benue governorship race

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The Catholic church has suspended a Priest, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia who recently joined the governorship election race in Benue State after parting with thethe N50 million nomination and Expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

William Avenya, the Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Gboko, announced the suspension of Alia from public Ministry”, after series of admonitions” via a letter dated May 20, 2022 to withdraw from the race after Alia and got a clean bill of health to contest along with 10 aspirants ahead of the primary election.

Avenya in the letter of suspension, said, “the Mother Church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own”.

Part of the letter read, “I write to communicate to you the suspension of my priest, Revd. Fr. Hyacinth Lormem Alia from public ministry after series of admonitions to him.

“You are aware that my son, your brother and your priest has purchased the party forms to contest for the Office of the Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives’ Congress which is totally against our vocation.

“Therefore, to respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Church in the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, I have suspended him from the exercise of sacred Ministry.

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“This canonical suspension takes effect from the moment it is communicated to him and lasts until he ceases from contumacy”, according to the letter.

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