In a letter written officially by the Bishop in response to the purported resignation of Rev Fr. Patrick Edet, a great attitude copy of which has been forwarded, with an attachment of the said resignation letter to the Pope in Rome, the Uyo Catholic Bishop says, he awaits further reaction from the Pope on the matter.
In the meantime however, Bishop Ayah announced the withdrawal of all privileges and disssiciates the Catholic Church from the activities of Rev Fr. Edet and forbade all Catholics from associating with him.
Rev Dr John Ayah, in the release which was read at St Patrick Catholic College, Afaha Inang ,Uyo and other parishes, implies that, any Catholic who attends his programs henceforth risk sanctions while awaiting official reaction from the Pope Francis.
The Catholic Bishop of Uyo Diocese, Rev Dr John Ayah’s message is dated 12 August, 2017.
A cathechist of the Church said, all the comments on social media about the matter are misplaced and misleading as they don’t know the gravity of the matter. You don’t just quit the Priesthood of Catholic church like that.
“Let those who make useless comments on social media continue,the Catholic church is a church guided by discipline and no form of rebellion of any kind shall be entertained. Even when Barr Enoidem resigned his appointment as a commissioner to contest election as legal adviser of PDP, he later returned to the cabinet because of course his resignation letter was rejected by his boss, Governor Udom Emmanuel and he returned to the cabinet until others were dissolved. So until the Pope accepts his resignation letter, he remains Rev. Fr. Patrick Edet. That is the cross he is bound to carry, after all, he took an oath to serve the church perpetual”, the cathechist said.
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