Catholic Church Suspends Benue APC Guber Aspirant, Rev. Fr. Alia For Going Into Politics.
The Catholic Church of Gboko Diocese has suspended her priest, Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia from celebrating public eucharistic mass.
Rev. Fr Alia has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) and contesting governorship in the state.
In a letter titled, “Suspension of Revd Fr Hyacinth Iormem Alia from Sacred Ministry” and signed by the Bishop, William Avenya, a copy made available to our correspondent, explained that the suspension was as a result of the priest joining politics.
The bishop further explained that the church frowns at clerics involving in politics.
The statement read in parts, “The mother church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own.”
“You are aware that my son, your brother and your priest has purchased the party forms to contest for the office of the governor of Benue State under the platform of the APC which is totally against our vacation.
“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 sacred ministry.
“This canonical suspension takes effect from the moment it is communicated to him and lasts until he ceases from contumacy.