By Chioma Ndife and Precious Ukeje
Oliver Ekene Nwosu, who was illegally ordained priest in the Catholic Diocese of Morogoro in Tanzania, sequel to his dismissal after diaconate ordination, has today, Sunday, May 23, 2021, publicly apologized to the Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, for erring and attempting to ridicule the person of the Bishop.
He, alongside his widowed mother were at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, where he admitted to have wronged the Bishop. He pleaded with the Awka Diocesan Chief Shepherd to forgive him and said he knew that the bishop had the power to forgive him.
According to Bishop Ezeokafor, Nwosu had approached him last week in his office to seek his pardon for wrongfully attempting to ridicule his person in the face of the public.
The bishop, who publicly accepted his apology, said he had insisted that Nwosu brought the apology to a public space since the embarassment was made publicly in social media and other traditional media platforms.
He also disclosed that Nwosu had in 2016, approached him with information of his belonging to a congregation outside the diocese, which, however, was not substantive in Catholic church at the time, adding that he had accepted to ordain him in the diocese if he met necessary requirements and then go back to his congregation when it became substantive.
The Awka Chief Shepherd noted that after Nwosu’s diaconate ordination, he had been suspended for being found wanting in some aspects, a development which disqualified him from continuing in the order of ministerial priesthood.
Nwosu however was ordained in another diocese which was later declared invalid by the diocese and Vatican sequel to some evidence that necessitied the move in line with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic Church.
Rendering the public apology, Nwosu, said he had returned to Awka Diocese and Bishop Ezeokafor whom he has greatly wronged as a prodigal son.
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Reports by Chioma Ndife and Precious Ukeje for Fides Media.