Vatican sacks DRC bishop

2011-03-31 22:15

Vatican City - The Roman Catholic church has dismissed a bishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo for mismanagement, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Pope Benedict XVI "has withdrawn from Mgr Jean-Claude Makaya Loemba the pastoral charge of the diocese of Pointe-Noire", it said in a statement.

It said that this rare move was motivated by "serious problems of management within the diocese, among others economic management" and by "acute tensions within the diocese", according to the Vatican, which said there was no issue of sexual morals involved.

The religious news agency I-Media quoted Vatican sources to the effect that the management at Pointe-Noire had been disastrous and the prelate did not enjoy the confidence of his clergy.

Makaya Loemba, 56, was ordained a priest in 1983, and appointed bishop of his diocese of origin in December 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

I-Media said the unusual circumstances in which the bishop quit his post suggested he refused to resign.

The same procedure was used in January 1995 when John Paul II fired the bishop of Evreux, in France, Mgr Jacques Gaillot.

In recent months several bishops in central and western Africa - the Central African Republic, Benin and Burkina Faso - have resigned.

No official reasons were given but many prelates, often the young ones, have to quit over problems of management, sexual behaviour or incompatible religious activities or beliefs.

  • Fusco - 2011-03-31 23:16

    Please note that the diocese of Pointe-Noire is *not* situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but in the neighboring Congo Republic (Capital is Brazzaville).

  • DONTEL - 2011-04-01 01:26

    To AFP, Ponit-noire is actually in the republic of Congo not the DRC as stated by AFP

  • Le sage - 2011-04-01 08:36

    Geography chaos...

  • hi hi - 2011-04-02 17:36

    Deficient Bishop like Mar Mathew Vaniyakizhakkel also will be removed for his mismanagements? In his ten years 3 diocesan priests and 1 religious priest had to leave the diocese and precious priestly life as the outcome of affliction given to them by the diocesan curia members with him. Challenging the laity and simple priests, siding the corrupt-majority, he is still bishop of the syro-malabar Catholic Church. Unquestioned power of the bishop is tolerated and honored by woman religious and priests who are after only institutions (money) and power. In his time the number of priests in the diocese increased due to formerly established seminaries but evangelization motif has become almost Nil. The number of registered civil cases and existing catholic families disinterest for the church has multiplied. The number of the catholic is still 3000 since long time. With some handicapped defensive reports the diocese is unmoved. Fathers are unemployed from their basic office as priest, constant un-canonic appointments and dirty punishment to simple priests has reached its zenith. Many Catholics after prolonged patience are searching God experience either in Hinduism, the religious practices, or in protestant pastors. It is said around 8 diocesan priests are under attack to save their basic human dignity. They are between extreme shame and truth. The priests are not given an opportunity to join other dioceses of the universal church like pastoral care of the migrants of the same rites in other parts of the world and metro cities of India where a parish can contain the diocesan catholic population. According to the diocesan directory published in 2008, there are 66 (now it must be more) priests posted. It is crucial ratio when other parts of the world the diocese are suffering from scarcity of priests. He is almost out of diocese half of year excluding the bishop’s duty tours. Few traditional Catholics from Chota Nagapur and Kerala still continue to go to church as routine as the liturgy is un-inculturated. To state: He is a best money making bishop, so no worry to the curia He sides with majority, justice he doesn’t know. It is his hobby to punish the subordinates and see them suffering. He is ready to spear any amount to be simple, poor style, as some other V.C’s moto is

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