Catholic Priest in Ghana Suspended for “refusal of transfer”, Persistence in “obstinacy”

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A Priest in Ghana’s Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast has been suspended for refusing to be transferred and for being obstinate in what has been described as “acts of disobedience”.

In a letter that was circulated Thursday, June 9, Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle highlights the efforts he has made to dialogue with Fr. Robert A. K. Oduro in vain, and announces his suspension with immediate effect from ministry as a Roman Catholic Priest”.

“After your refusal of transfer effective January 1, 2022, from St. Paul's Parish, Assin Jakai, to the Archdiocesan Secretariat, Fourth Ridge, Cape Coast, and your subsequent acts of establishing and managing a Prayer Camp on your own, thereafter, I have closely followed the events of your refusal to respond to my invitation to you for further discussions on your ministry as a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast,” Archbishop Palmer-Buckle says.

The Ghanaian Archbishop adds, “I recall my personal visit on Sunday, April 24, 2022 and that of my official delegation later to you at your Prayer Camp inviting you for further discussion and discernment on your ministry as a validly ordained Minister of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, and member of this Presbyterium.”

“You have, however, persisted in your obstinacy and refusal to respond to any call extended to you for a dialogue on the matter,” the Local Ordinary of Ghana’s Cape Coast Archdiocese says, and continues, “Given these acts of disobedience, I hereby, write to suspend you with immediate effect from ministry as a Roman Catholic Priest.”


Addressing himself to members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and Laity in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast and “the general public”, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle says that Fr. Oduro “cannot function as a Catholic Priest until this suspension is revoked.”

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.