Catholic Church suspends Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia over governorship aspiration
The Catholic Church, Gboko Area of Benue State had suspended Revd. Fr. Hyacinth lormem ALIA from public ministry.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by William Avenya, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Gboko & Apostolic Administrator, See Vacante.
Revd. Fr. Alia was suspended for his involvement in politics and purchasing forms to contest for the position of the Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The statement read: “May I begin by acknowledging and appreciating you for your commitment and dedication to the work of spreading the Good News of Christ.
“I wrote to communicate to you the suspension of my priest, Revd. Fr. Hyacinth lormem Alia from public ministry after series of admonitions to him Ex can. 1371, 2° CIC.
“The Mother Church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own Ex can, 285, 3 CIC.
”You are aware that my son, your brother and your priest has purchased the party forms to contest for the Office of the Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is totally against our vocation.
“Therefore, to respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Church in the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, I have suspended him from the exercise of sacred ministry.”
The Catholic Bishop noted that the canonical suspension takes effect from the moment it is communicated to him and lasts until he ceases from contumacy.