In response to a report by Vanguard, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has demoted a Venerable in command of one of many Archdeaconry in Aguata Diocese of the church in Anambra State for allegedly permitting a dismissed priest to take a seat with him throughout a burial service.
Vanguard recollects that in 2017, 9 clergymen have been dismissed by the church over their alleged involvement in gay actions and have been thereafter banned from collaborating in any church exercise.
This made a few of them to journey overseas, whereas others remained within the nation. A kind of dismissed, (names withheld), who was a chaplain to a former Bishop and has remained in his group attended a burial in his group.
Not too long ago, nonetheless, the Archdeacon in command of the realm whereas presiding at a burial service in the neighborhood, invited the dismissed priest to take a seat with him on the altar, informing the individuals who have been on the burial ceremony that the dismissed priest didn’t commit any offence and that his `dismissal was attributable to envy.
On listening to what transpired on the burial ceremony, the Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Rt. Rev Samuel Ezeofor, who was transferred from Ogbaru Diocese to Aguata, determined to arrange a panel to research the matter.
Following the advice of the panel, the Archdeacon was suspended and relieved of his duties and subsequently demoted to an unusual Reverend.