A Catholic Priest has been sacked for playing in party politics against the code of conduct of the Catholic Church.
Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia who has picked nomination forms to contest in state governorship election under the ticket of the APC had earlier been warned of the church’s partisan politics rule, hence the decision for his suspension.
A statement announcing his suspension reads in part “I write to communicate to you the suspension of my priest, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Iornem Alia from public ministry after a series of admonitions to him.
The mother church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own Ex can. 285, 3 CIC. You’re aware that my son, your brother and your priest has purchased the party’s form to contest for the office of the governor of Benue State under the All Progressives Congress which is usually 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 the sacred ministry. This canonical suspension takes effect from the moment it is communicated to him and lasts until he ceases from contumacy.”
His suspension has elicited varied emotions, with many Catholics expressing their support for the Diocese, while non-Catholics felt the decision was severe.
It’s worth emphasizing that the stated priest was simply barred from celebrating public Eucharistic masses; he is still a priest of the Catholic Church and will resume his public mass and ministry when his public civil service term finishes.