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Priests Told To Shun Homosexuality 

By Nform Willibroad B. Nformi — Four newly ordained priests have been told to steer clear of vices such as child abuse and homosexuality. “Current trends like child abuse and homosexuality are seriously threatening the society, and more especially our clergy. I exhort you to steer clear of these so as not to jeopardize your ministry,” John Kuvinyu, Diocesan Laity Council Chairperson of the Diocese of Kumbo, said recently during the priestly ordination of four young priests.

Kuvinyu called on the young priests to have a listening ear as they embark on their pastoral ministry. He called on the Christain Faithful to support the priests and remarked that after celebrating 100 years of the arrival of the faith in Kumbo, the Christians were already mature enough to be self-supporting.

 “After one hundred years of evangelization, there is no doubt that we have come of age and thus can fasten our own belts”, he said. In his ordination homily inspired by the Gospel of Mark, the Chief Celebrant who doubles as the Bishop of the Diocese of Kumbo, Mgr George Nkuo, said the priesthood is a call to service. He said Pope Francis wants priests who will be at the service of God and man.

Stating that today’s church is that of the laity, Bishop Nkuo cautioned the newly ordained priests to know that ‘the sheep they are called upon to shepherd’ include very intelligent people. ‘
He said a good shepherd must be ready to face adversities and even die for the sheep. He, however, expressed worries that today’s priests do not live what they preach. In their word of appreciation, the young priests thanked God for making it possible for them to be ordained.

They said their journey to the priesthood has not been a bed of roses, but encouraged those throdding the same path to embark on the journey knowing that God is by them. The new priests include Fr Lawrence Foven Wirba, 30, from Kumbo; Fr Richard Kibu Tawe, 31 from Tabenken in Donga Matung; Fr Francline Banadzem Javlon, 29, from Mbiame, and Fr Paul Biya Ndi, 30, who hails from Ndu. All the four priests will serve in the Diocese of Kumbo.

First published in The Post print edition no 01425

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