Catholic Church Suspends Priest For Delving Into Partisan Politics

Sun May 22nd, 2022 - Benue

Catholic Diocese of Gboko has suspended its priest Rev. Fr Hyacinth Iormem Alia for delving into partisan politics.

The suspension was contained in a letter signed by the Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Gboko, and Apostolic Administrator Sede Vacante, Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, his Lordship William Avenya titled: ‘Suspension of Revd Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from Sacred Ministry.

Avenya maintained that the Church does not allow its clerics to get involved in partisan politics.

The letter reads in part, “Greetings of the Paschal Season from the Chancery, Gboko. May I begin by acknowledging and appreciating you for your commitment and dedication to the work of spreading the Good News of Christ.

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“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 Ex can. 1371, 2° CIC.

“The Mother Church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own Ex can. 285, 3 CIC. You are aware that my son, your brother, and your priest has purchased the party form to contest for the office of the Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives Congress (APC), 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 the sacred ministry.




source: Leadership