The Catholic Diocese of Ogoja, Cross River State, has repudiated two ministers, Rev. Frs. Peter Okoi of the Missionary Sons of St. Diminish (MSP) and Alfred Umagu of the Missionary Society of St. Paul (MSP), over sketchy exercises.
The ward through its diocesan chancellor, Rev Fr. Matthew Otuji, issued an announcement of disclaimer on Thursday over their exercises.
The announcement said that Okoi without endorsement, opened a gathering utilizing the name of the bishopric, while Umagu joined the Old Catholic Apostolic Church.
The Old Catholic Apostolic Church, from 1850s, the announcement stated, had isolated from the Roman Catholic Church over specific principles, essentially worried about ecclesiastical expert.
“Bishop of Ogoja Diocese, Most Rev. Donatus Akpan has no knowledge of the congregation of the above-mentioned priests, neither did he give them any canonical or religious approval to carry out their activities,” the statement said.
“Also, the priests are not to be allowed in any parish or place of worship to celebrate mass in the Diocese.
“The Catholic faithful in Ogoja and beyond and the general public are warned to disregard these priests as Catholics and be careful not to be deceived by any of their activities,” the disclaimer said.