Reverend Father Peter Zuni of the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Kakuri parish, Kaduna State, has come to the end of his priesthood after being sacked by the the Archbishop of the Kaduna Archdiocese, Bishop Ndagoso Manoso recently.
The 54-year-old priest whose first wife is late, was reported to the Bishop by his second wife about his untold secrets.
The entire diocese was in shock at the break of the news as Catholicism does not anoint
married men as priests.
According to The Sun Zuni who was supposed to be celebrating his 30-years of priesthood in December this year, is reportedly having a child with his second wife just like the first.
The Archbishop of Kaduna Catholic Diocese, Bishop Ndagoso Manoso while talking about the unfortunate event said the then father Zuni’s surviving wife met him in person and told him everything he needed to know about the secret affair she had with Zuni. Adding that it took the church a long time to investigate into the matter but at the end of it all, the truth unfolded;
It is very unfortunate that this thing had to happen in my diocese. It is not an easy thing for me; if I tell you what I have been going through in the past few weeks over this issue; it has not been easy for me. Father Zuni was my classmate; we spent seven years in the seminary. At a time he proceeded to Kaduna Polytechnic and read Accounting.
But this thing happened and nobody knew. But he has to face the sanction. We sacked and disrobed him because what he did is no longer compatible with his vocation as a priest. It was not true that he was transferred to any village. He was about to be transferred on normal routine, but when I heard of this story, I had to cancel the transfer and sacked him. It is true that he had affairs with two women and they both had children for him, but one of the women is late already. We are not God, we did not know on time until now that he was having affairs with two women. The church said the priest has to go because the church doesn’t allow priests to marry. So he had to go and look after his children and his matrimonial home. You can now imagine what the priest is going through, either spiritually or psychologically. He must be going through hell on earth. This is my concern for him now. The woman and the kids will be going through trauma also. I have been trying to see how I can help him, but I don’t think I have the skills to help him. But he needs help to come to terms with reality. By December he will be 30 years in the priesthood, and he is now 54 years old, so at this age what can he do with his life. Nobody can employ him now. He spent seven years in the seminary and 30 years in the priesthood, and that is 37 years, so what can he do with his life at 54? The church too is going through a lot of trauma, so we need everybody’s prayers for us to put this incident behind us.
When father Zuni was contacted by The Sun about the issue, he had this to say:
I find it difficult myself to believe what people are saying about me. I will not comment on it now. I will follow due process to invite you for an interview, but I am afraid, the newspaper of the archdiocese, The Cross News, may carry this story before you.
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