Catholic priest suspended for refusing transfer and running prayer camp

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The Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Cape Coast, the Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, has banned the Reverend Father Robert AK Oduro from presenting himself as a Catholic priest after the latter refused to heed a directive from transfer.

In a letter dated June 3, 2022, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle noted that Rev. Oduro was due to transfer from St. Paul Parish, Assin Jakai to the Archdiocesan Secretariat from January 1, 2022, but refused, even after several invitations and visits.

According to him, the Rev. Oduro had established and managed a supposed prayer camp on his own, and calls from the Archbishop for further discussion and discernment on the reverend. Oduro’s new ministry fell on deaf ears.

“I remember my personal visit on April 24, 2022 and that of my official delegation 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 this Presbyterium “You have, however, persisted in your stubbornness and refusal to respond to any call addressed to you for dialogue on the matter,” the letter reads.

Bishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle also noted that Reverend Father Oduro can no longer consider himself a Catholic priest until the suspension is lifted, calling on priests, religious, laity in the Archdiocese of Capecoast and the public to consider it as such.

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