A Roman Catholic Priest of Ghana’s Cape Archdiocese has been suspended by his Local Ordinary for refusing transfer and for establishing and managing a “Prayer Camp” on his own.
The suspension of Rev. Fr. Robert A.K. Oduro which takes immediate effect was given by the Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast on June 3, 2022, the memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.
By the suspension Fr. Oduro cannot function as a Catholic Priest until the suspension is revoked by the Archbishop.
Stating the reasons for the suspension, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle indicated in a letter to the Priests, Religious, the Laity and the general public that “After your refusal of transfer effective January 1, 2022 from St. Paul’s Parish, Assin Jakai to the Archdiocesan Secretariat, Fourth Ridge, Cape Coast and your subsequent acts of establishing and managing a “Prayer Camp” on your own.”
“Thereafter, I have closely followed the events of your refusal to respond to my invitation to you for further discussion on your Ministry as a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast,” the letter dated June 3, 2022 added.
According to Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, “I recall my personal visit on Sunday, April 24, 2022 and that of my official delegation later to your “Prayer Camp” inviting you for further discussion and discernment on your Ministry as a validly ordained Minister of the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and member of the Presbyterium.”
“You have, however, persisted in your obstinacy and refusal to respond to any call extended to you for a dialogue on the matter. Given these acts of disobedience, I hereby write to suspend you with immediate effect from Ministry as a Roman Catholic Priest and accordingly, I bring this to the notice of the Priests, Religious and the Laity of the Catholic Archdiocese of cape Coast and to the general public to the effect that you cannot function as a Catholic Priest until this suspension is revoked.”
What does it mean that a priest is suspended? It means that a priest has been removed in part or in full from his ministerial activities as a cleric and that some of his faculties may be restricted.
Simply, he may no longer be able to act as a Catholic priest, nor to celebrate Holy Mass or wear a Roman collar in public.
Each situation is different, depending on the reason for the suspension, such being outlined by the Archbishop in his letter to the priest.