Buea, 18 July, 2020 / 1:08 pm (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic Administrator of Cameroon’s Diocese of Buea has, on the occasion of the ordination of eight Deacons to the Priesthood, underscored the value of the solemn promise of obedience, which diocesan priests make when they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
“The fundamental reason for the Priests’ obedience is the fact that he is a personal instrument of Christ and therefore should conform himself totally to Christ,” Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi said Thursday, July 16 during the ordination event at the Divine Mercy Co-cathedral Parish, Molyko, in the south-western region of Cameroon.
Bishop Bibi who was recently appointed as Buea’s Apostolic Administrator added, “The Priest is expected therefore to live his mission in obedience to Christ and the Church.”
The Cameroonian Prelate who doubles as the Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda Archdiocese explained, “The Priest’s obedience is ecclesial, linked with his own ordination because his mission cannot be realized except in union with the hierarchy of the Church.”
Referencing the Pastoral Guide for Diocesan Priests in Churches Dependent on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Bishop Bibi further said, “Among the virtues most necessary for the priestly ministry must be named that disposition of soul by which Priests are always ready to seek not their own will, but the will of Him who sent them.”