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African nation’s priests go on strike

May 29, 2009

Priests in the Central African Republic went on strike for a day to protest the resignation of the nation’s leading prelate, Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo of Bangui, and the appointment of a new apostolic administrator.

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.


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