PATRICK EDET RESIGNED FROM CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD TO ESCAPE FROM SCANDAL
Rev Fr. Patrick Edet Resigns as Catholic Priest
Rev. Father Patrick Henry Edet said on a Radio programme that he has resigned as a catholic priest.
“From today henceforth, I cease to be a Catholic Priest, in my spirit and in my soul. I forgive those who will criticize me, I live for God. I seek freedom for my soul. As I leave, I leave smiling I AM SO HAPPY THAT I AM FREE” – He said on a live Radio.
He said he resigned because he does not want to submit to any human authority but to God.
Rev. Edet said he should be addressed as Reverend Patrick Edet. And on a lighter note he says he can still be called a Father.
BACKGROUND TO HIS RESIGNATION
Prior to his resignation today, the resignation speculations have been heard in Catholic circles.
The resignation was long overdue, people saw it coming. Rev Patrick Edet wanted to leave when Bishop Joseph Ekuwem was the bishop of Uyo Diocese. When the Bishop John Ayah came to Uyo Diocese, he gave him (Fr. Edet) so much hope.
The Bishop also gave him the Pastoral center for his Grace Family Ministry.
Many people were shocked while he gave the Pastoral Center for his Ministry. The cabals which consist of mainly old Priest have been agitating against Rev Edet since Bishop Ekuwem’s time
It was because of that agitation Bishop Ekuwem sent him (Fr. Edet) to Police chaplaincy to Abuja in 2011 and 2012.
On returning since the chaplaincy did not work for him, Bishop Ekuwem kept him until the new Bishop came and gave him so much hope.
Because of the oath of Secrecy which binds the Priesthood, it’s difficult for Rev. Edet to really say the real reason for his recent decision.
Though he made attempts to mention issues such as Tradition, Blackmail and politics surrounding the recent ejection of his Ministry from the Pastoral Center.
His resignation as been term as an escape route, because if he had stayed longer, Rev Edet would have been rubbished with a scandal.
Rev Edet was loved by the present Bishop, who also protected him. Rev Edet felt that when the Bishop is transferred or any eventuality, he will no longer be protected so he had to resign.
For fear that the new Bishop could withdraw his faculty and send Rev Edet to residence, which means he would no longer be seen doing things of God publicly as seem in the law.
EFFECT OF HIS RESIGNATION
Rev Edet resignation has left the Catholic Community in shock and disappointment.
Majority of the Ministry members who have been following the development are happy he made the move by quitting the Priesthood.
Those who are in the formation ground in preparation to become Catholic Priest maybe having a mixed feeling especially having been in the system to ascertain the real truth about his resignation.