Catholic Priest Sacked After He Was Discovered To Have Two Wives

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Catholic priest sacked after he was discovered to have 2 wives April 4, 2017

Parishioners at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Kakuri parish in
Kaduna state were left in shock when they got to know that their
54-year-old parish priest, Very Reverend Father Peter Zuni, was married
to two women.
The Sun reports that although one of the two wives was late, the
second wife who is still alive and has a baby for the priest, blew the
whistle about three weeks ago. When some of the parishioners were
interviewed, they confirmed the report, which they said was initially
thought to be mere rumour. One of them who spoke on the condition of
anonymity revealed that the case of the priest who had children from two
women had gone to the Bishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Bishop Ndagoso
Manoso.

And that in order to help cover up for the embattled priest, the
Archdiocese allegedly organised a send off for him to move to a remote
village in Jaba local government area of the state.

“During the send off, the priest was not allowed to
make a farewell speech, and many people refused to take photographs with
him. There was little or no felicitation with him because most of the
time he was seen standing aloof under a mango tree without anybody going
close to him. “Nobody can say when the priest committed the alleged
sinful act. If it happened before his ordination, he wouldn’t have been
ordained, so probably it was after his ordination, and you know, God
does not sleep, no matter the length of cover up, one day the bubble
will burst.

And the bubble has burst now,” the parishioner said. However,
when The Sun contacted the embattled priest on his telephone line, he
said: “Nobody is ordained to remain and work in the city. I have spent
five years as parish priest of Queen of Apostles, so I can work
anywhere, city or village. I find it difficult myself to believe what
people are saying about me.

I will not comment on it now. I will follow due process to invite
you for an interview, but I am afraid, the newspaper of the
archdiocese, The Cross News, may carry this story before you (Sunday
Sun).” Rev Fr. Zuni further said he is currently based in Suleja, Niger
State. But Sunday Sun gathered that parishioners were made to believe
that the embattled priest was transferred to Gumel village in southern
Kaduna, while he was actually sacked from the priesthood. When
contacted, the Archbishop of Kaduna Catholic diocese, Bishop Ndagoso
Manoso also confirmed the report. The bishop said Father Zuni actually
committed the sin and it’s an embarrassment to the entire archdiocese.
He said: “It is very unfortunate that this thing had to happen in my
diocese.

It is not an easy thing for me; if I tell you what I have been
going through in the past few weeks over this issue; it has not been
easy for me. Father Zuni was my classmate; we spent seven years in the
seminary. At a time he proceeded to Kaduna polytechnic and read
Accounting.

“But this thing happened and nobody knew. But he has to face the
sanction. We sacked and disrobed him because what he did is no longer
compatible with his vocation as a priest. It was not true that he was
transferred to any village. He was about to be transferred on normal
routine, but when I heard of this story, I had to cancel the transfer
and sacked him.

“It is true that he had affairs with two women and they both had
children for him, but one of the women is late already. We are not God,
we did not know on time until now that he was having affairs with two
women. The church said the priest has to go because the church doesn’t
allow priests to marry. So he had to go and look after his children and
his matrimonial home. “You can now imagine what the priest is going
through, either spiritually or psychologically. He must be going through
hell on earth.

This is my concern for him now. The woman and the kids will be
going through trauma also. I have been trying to see how I can help him,
but I don’t think I have the skills to help him. But he needs help to
come to terms with reality. “By December he will be 30 years in the
priesthood, and he is now 54 years old, so at this age what can he do
with his life. Nobody can employ him now. He spent seven years in the
seminary and 30 years in the priesthood, and that is 37 years, so what
can he do with his life at 54? The church too is going through a lot of
trauma, so we need everybody’s prayers for us to put this incident
behind us.”

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