By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Sunday, April 12, 2020.
A Roman Catholic Bishop has apologized to all his Rev Fathers, Deacons and other communities in his congregation, National Telegraph can confirm.
Mgr. Agapitus Nfon, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kumba in Cameroon’s South West Region said he was sorry after the ordination of priests of Kumba Diocese was postponed to an indefinite date without consulting them.
“We shall, therefore, postpone the ordination to a later and more convenient date. We regret the inconveniences this postponement might cause especially to candidates and their immediate families. I am sorry for not consulting you to take this decision, as I did before scheduling the ordination,” Nfon said in a statement.
In the letter dated Saturday, April 11, 2020, addressed to all Reverend Fathers and Deacons of Kumba Diocese, Nfon said ordinations which were scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020, have been postponed, citing present situations.
“Considering recent happening as a result of the situation, we are living in and considering the moral principles that in doubt one should not act, we think it could not be wise for us to go on with the priestly ordination on Thursday 16 April 2020,” he said.
The Diocese on Saturday lost one of its prioresses. The Superior General of Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of Buea, Cameroon, Rev. Sr. Ngu Grace died of COVID-19 at the Douala General Hospital in Cameroon’s Littoral Region.
The Bishop didn’t state if the postponement is related to the prioress’ demise but the statement sanctioning the postponement came the same day. Many suspect its COVID-19-related.
Cameroon has officially announced 820 confirmed cases with a total of 12 deaths as of Saturday, April 11, 2020. At least 210 countries are affected by COVID-19, with total confirmed cases at 1,838,300 and 113,329 deaths.