Roman Catholic priest suspended for running own ‘prayer camp’

  • A Catholic priest has been temporarily suspended by church authorities for running his own prayer camp in Cape Coast
  • Reverend Father Robert Oduro also refused to be transferred to another parish, according to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Bishop Charles Palmer-Buckle.
  • The suspension means he cannot function as a Catholic priest until the suspension is lifted by the Archbishop

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A Roman Catholic priest in Cape Coast, the central regional capital, has been suspended by church authorities for running his own “prayer camp”.

The suspension of Reverend Father Robert AK Oduro was pronounced by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Bishop Charles Palmer-Buckle on June 3, 2022.

According to a report by Catholic news insider, Newswatch Ghana, Reverend Father Oduro was also suspended because he refused to transfer to another parish, as all priests are known to do quite often.

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Bishop Palmer-Buckle
Bishop Palmer-Buckle. Source: Facebook/@accracatholic

Because the Catholic priesthood is never fully revoked, the suspension means Reverend Father Oduro cannot function as a Catholic priest until the suspension is lifted by the Archbishop.

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The reasons for the suspension, set out in a letter to priests, religious, laity and the general public, were as follows:

“After your refusal to transfer effective 1 January 2022, from St. Paul’s Parish, Assin Jakai to the Archdiocesan Secretariat, Fourth Ridge, Cape Coast and your subsequent acts of establishing and operating a ‘prayer camp’ by yourself.”

The Archbishop also revealed the following in the June 3, 2022 letter:

“I have closely followed the events of your refusal to respond to my invitation for further discussion of your ministry as a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast.

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“I recall my personal visit on Sunday, April 24, 2022, and that of my official delegation later to your ‘Prayer Camp’ inviting you to continue discussion and discernment on your Ministry as a validly ordained Minister of One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and member of the Presbyterium.

“You have, however, persisted in your stubbornness and refusal to respond to any call for dialogue on the issue. In view of these acts of disobedience, I hereby write to suspend you with immediate effect from ministry as a Roman Catholic priest and, therefore, I bring this to the attention of priests, religious and laity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast and General Public that you cannot function as a Catholic priest until this suspension is revoked.

Reverend Father Oduro could appeal his temporary suspension to the Vatican if he is convinced that an injustice has been committed against him.

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