THE Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has relegated a Venerable in charge of one of the Archdeaconry in Aguata Diocese in Anambra State for allowing a priest dismissed from the church to sit with him during a burial service.
It was reported that in 2017, nine priests were dismissed by the church over their involvement in homosexual activities and were thereafter banned from taking part in any church activity.
This made some of them travel abroad, while others remained in the country.
It was learned that one of the dismissed priest names withheld, who was a chaplain to a former Bishop remained in his community.
The dismissal came after the Archdeacon in charge of the area while presiding over a burial service in the community, invited the dismissed priest to sit with him at the altar, informing the people who were at the burial ceremony that the dismissed priest did not commit any offense and that his `dismissal was due to envy.
On hearing what happened at the burial ceremony, the Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Rt. Rev Samuel Ezeofor, who was transferred from Ogbaru Diocese to Aguata, decided to set up a panel to investigate the matter.
Following the counsel of the panel, the Archdeacon was suspended and relieved of his duties and subsequently reduced to an ordinary Reverend.