The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, has warned that any clergyman in the Diocese who has been engaging in acts of indiscipline and who does not keep to the vows of his ordination, or canonical obedience, stands the risk of being demoted or defrocked henceforth.
Bishop Okorocha who gave this stern warning at the one-day Synod held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri penultimate Saturday, noted that the test of any cleric’s ministry is his ability to bear the Cross, and be an embodiment of peace, love, forgiveness and mercy, whenever there is any problem in his church.
He condemned the attitude of creating a situation whereby he aligns with a gang or faction in the church against his fellow ministers, adding that if a priest in a church organizes a gang of supporters, such priest is networking for God.
The Prelate posited that, the church does not belong to anybody but to God, and called for caution, as the heavenly race, he said, is on individual basis.
On the part of the Laity, the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese urged them to desist from exhibiting any act of threat against Priests serving in their stations or parishes, or start making demand for their priests to go on transfer or insist that they should neither be re-deployed nor removed from their places of deployment, adding that such decision remains the prerogative of the Bishop.
Bishop Okorocha, however, hinted that some of the priests who have done well or are both loyal and hardworking might soon be recognized and encouraged to enable them work harder.
He further disclosed of a plan to hold a diocesan thanksgiving service, collation, installation of deserving priests, as well as dedication of the underground halls located within the CATOL Building Complex, in the second or third week of December, this year.