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The Catholic Diocese of Ogoja on Saturday blacklisted two priests, Reverend Fathers Peter Mark Okoi and Alfred Umagu.
A statement issued by the All Hallows Chancery said the duo are no longer answerable to the Church as they have since left.
“Our attention has been drawn to the presence and activities of Rev. Fr. Peter Mary Okoi of the Missionary Sons of St Peter (MSsP) who has opened a congregation and using the name of the Diocese; and Rev. Fr. Alfred Umagu who was with the Missionary Society of St Paul (MSP) and has left to join the Old Catholic Apostolic Church,” the statement read.
The Church warned it’s faithful and the general public “against the aforementioned Priests who are of Ogoja origin but are not of the Diocese of Ogoja nor incardinated into the Diocese.”
The Church said the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Reverend Donatus Akpan has “no knowledge of their Congregation nor given them any canonical approval.”
The duo are “never to be allowed in any Parish or place of worship to celebrate or concelebrate in any Mass in the Diocese,” the Church said.
Also, the Church which dissociated itself from the duo urged lay faithful and the public to be careful, “so as not to be deceived and should disregard them as Catholics.”
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