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Vatican investigation rebukes Central African Republicís priests...archbishop resigns
Catholic Culture ^ | 5/27/2009

Posted on 05/27/2009 5:14:50 AM PDT by markomalley

Vatican investigation rebukes Central African Republic’s priests over celibacy violations; archbishop resigns
May 27, 2009

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Archbishop Pomodimo, who enjoyed the support of local clergy and was appointed to the see in 2003, is 54 years old. The decision comes on the heels of the May 16 resignation of 52-year-old Bishop François-Xavier Yombandje of Bossangoa, the president of the nation’s episcopal conference during the hierarchy’s 2007 ad limina visit.

The resignation follows a Vatican investigation that found that Archbishop Pomodimo adopted “a moral attitude which is not always in conformity with his commitments to follow Christ in chastity, poverty and obedience.” The investigation, conducted by Archbishop Robert Sarah, the Guinea-born secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, concluded that many local priests have homes and children. A local newspaper reported that in most dioceses and the majority of parishes, priests live with women and have children.

In an open letter to the nation’s clergy, Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said that “many bad things have been done to the Body of Christ through poor and scandalous comportments.” He added:

It is pointless to deny what everybody knows. There is no need judging the motives and circumstances of the evil that has been committed. Members of the national clergy, diocesan and religious, you are, in one way or the other, accomplices in the current situation, but each of you shall assume his own culpability proportionally to his own responsibility.

The nation of 4.4 million is 21% Catholic and has nine dioceses.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: catholic; celibacy; moralabsolutes; vatican
The article in French, cited above, is really disturbing, if the automatic translation is anywhere close to right:

It is as if the homily of Archbishop Archbishop Paulin, made at a Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Notre - Dame of the Immaculate Conception, took on the appearance of prophecy.

Indeed, during the Eucharistic celebration, the prelate of Bangui, sensing the coming storm, urged all Christians to pray a lot, because a gust risk of shaking the Catholic Church of Central Africa. This concern of one of the emblematic figures of the Catholic Church after Bishop. Joachim Ndayen not empty words. Mgr. Paulin Pomodimo sensed the danger ahead.

Crazy rumors circulate

This mysterious form of the prelate was not included initially. But little by little, Christians have analyzed, dissected and the comments and assumptions are well underway. What is certain, Mgr. Réngbanga asked to be relieved of its burden and storage épicospales the honorary title of Bishop Emeritus, in term of the Catholic Church prelates who take early retirement, but that does not leave the cassock. They officiate, but not the charge of a diocese and are not auxiciliaires. It was the same Bishop Archbishop Joachim Ndayen, evacuated to France for treatment in the long absence made it impossible for most to devote himself to his flock in the administrative district of the Archdiocese. Since the announcement of the storm, which spoke Mgr. Paulin Pomodimo, Paulin Pomodimo, sometimes crazy rumors circulating that seriously disturb the Christians who have chosen Catholicism as a religion, under the amused eye of adherents of Reformed Churches laughing under the cape and said that crises do not affect the Protestant churches .

Celibacy of priests is no longer taboo

According to some sources, who believe they hold the truth, the Catholic Church of Central Africa is at a crossroads. The problems most often referred to fuel this argument would be the behavior of''God''ministers, responsible for administering the Church and the crucial question of celibacy for priests. Regarding the second point, he began to be raised shortly before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Yaoundé, Cameroon and Angola in Luanda.

The issue of condoms which the Supreme Pontiff took position has been much discussed. He even failed to obscure the basic problems that saw the Catholic Church in Africa, including the celibacy of priests. This question, Christians say without hiding, is no longer a taboo.

In virtually every diocese and most parishes, secular and regular maintained homes with women and children. If children do not bear the name of the father, modesty, brothers and sisters of the abbot or priest are there for them. Central African Republic is not alone in this case, but the contagion has reached all the other African states, who sometimes set the tone before. celibacy of priests was seriously discussed during the visit of the Pope in Yaounde with the prelates of the region.

An example to follow social

Other problems that could cause the gust came to be added to this question of celibacy, which seems quite difficult. The priests, who are dignitaries of conscience of their flock, not shine through social example to follow. If it be true that some proponents of "carpe diem" of Epicurus, others displayed conspicuously in places where they should not be seen. In this connection, during one of his homilies to the Cathedral, a few years, Archbishop Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo protests against religious who lose all their time in a bistro in a neighborhood of the capital, after Sunday worship. All Christians who condemn this practice and who dared say the word, gave reason to the Archbishop. Attendance as the only bars were not enough, some priests even performs in night clubs in very good company. Two weeks ago, a meeting was attended by the Archbishop to all priests working in the administrative district. Nothing has filtered in such a meeting with the Archbishop of Bangui But the behavior of priests has been instrumental in the discussions. The prelate called for ethical standards for the Church and that the priests pull themselves together for an apostolate above suspicion. The homily of Archbishop Archbishop, in the form of an enigma, was only the tip of the iceberg, because as the saying goes: "It not a caiman ripping open trial." Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo in Forewarned, knows whereof he speaks. Perhaps the gale is expected. In what form? Nobody can guess.

Note: I don't speak French, so I am not in a position to clean up the computer translation at all.

1 posted on 05/27/2009 5:14:50 AM PDT by markomalley
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From the automatic translation from French...

Since the announcement of the storm, which spoke Mgr. Paulin Pomodimo, Paulin Pomodimo, sometimes crazy rumors circulating that seriously disturb the Christians who have chosen Catholicism as a religion, under the amused eye of adherents of Reformed Churches laughing under the cape and said that crises do not affect the Protestant churches.

Ping to read later (again)

2 posted on 05/27/2009 6:17:54 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Presbyterians often forget that John Knox had been a Sunday bowler.)
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