Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Clergy go on strike after Archbishop’s removal


[Religious Intelligence] 16 June 2009--The Roman Catholic clergy of the Central Africa Republic (CAR) staged a one-day strike last week to protest the removal by the Vatican of the Archbishop of Bangui, Mgr Paulin Pomodimo, for violating his vow of chastity.

Appointed to oversee the country’s nine Roman Catholic dioceses in 2003, the 54-year-old archbishop resigned on May 27 after he was found by the Vatican to possess "a moral attitude which is not always in conformity with his commitments to follow Christ in chastity, poverty and obedience."

The archbishop’s resignation follows that of the former president of CAR’s episcopal conference, Bishop François-Xavier Yombandje of Bossangoa, who stepped down on May 16 after a Vatican fact-finding mission faulted him for having a common law wife.

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