Storm rocks Catholic Church as priest im­preg­nates nun

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

A RO­MAN Catholic priest from Bu­l­awayo has al­legedly im­preg­nated a nun, lead­ing to her ban­ish­ment.

The Arch­bishop of Bu­l­awayo, Alex Thomas, con­firmed that Fa­ther Kevin Mthunzi Takaen­desa had been dis­ci­plined for the of­fence.

He, how­ever, dis­missed re­ports that Fa­ther Takaen­desa fled to Eng­land af­ter im­preg­nat­ing the nun.

“Fa­ther Kevin was dis­ci­plined for im­preg­nat­ing a nun and I have it in writ­ing but he went to Eng­land on hol­i­day which was planned at the be­gin­ning of the year. As you know that it’s not easy to walk to Eng­land,” said Arch­bishop Thomas.

He de­clined to re­veal de­tails of the dis­ci­plinary mea­sures, say­ing it was a pri­vate and con­fi­den­tial mat­ter.

“Dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures are there in ev­ery field and as a church we’ve a Code of Canon Law which lays down ad­min­is­tra­tive poli­cies. If there is any mis­con­duct we use it to dis­ci­pline mem­bers.

“I can con­firm that he (Fa­ther Takaen­desa) went to Eng­land and came back to Bu­l­awayo. The hol­i­day had noth­ing to do with im­preg­nat­ing the nun as that is his own per­sonal is­sue,” Arch­bishop Thomas said.

He could not say whether or not Fa­ther Takaen­desa was still serv­ing as a priest.

Arch­bishop Thomas also dis­missed so­cial me­dia re­ports that there was in­fight­ing within his church, say­ing the claims were orig­i­nat­ing from peo­ple who had no proof to sub­stan­ti­ate them.

“I un­der­stand that a lot has been said about me and other priests but all this needs facts. I never trans­ferred a priest to Eng­land af­ter he im­preg­nated a nun and I didn’t chase her away from church,” Arch­bishop Thomas said.

“Nuns have their own rules and sys­tems. I don’t have to deal with nuns.”

He said so­cial me­dia ru­mours could not be taken se­ri­ously es­pe­cially when one has no proof.

“I’m not wor­ried about so­cial me­dia gos­sip mon­gers claim­ing that I’ve two cars, a house and even a child who is in South Africa. Can you bring me the ti­tle deeds, car reg­is­tra­tion books and a birth cer­tifi­cate to prove all this mal­ice?” Arch­bishop Thomas said.

Some Catholic con­gre­gants have been cir­cu­lat­ing two long mes­sages via What­sApp en­ti­tled, ‘The Arch­dio­cese of Bu­l­awayo has suf­fered enough harm’ and ‘The Mo­ment of Truth in the Arch­dio­cese of Bu­l­awayo’.

But Arch­bishop Thomas rub­bished claims of im­pro­pri­ety say­ing he was aware that the scan­dalous mes­sages were sent us­ing a Vo­da­com line which is reg­is­tered in South Africa. — @thamamoe

Arch­bishop Alex Thomas

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