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Anglican Church Suspends Priest Who Kissed Three Female Students On Pulpit

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The Anglican Church in Ghana has reacted to a viral video of a priest kissing female students on the altar during a religious service.

The video of the incident, which immediately went viral on social media, has drawn huge outrage.

The Priest, Rev. Father Obeng Larbi, has been immediately relieved of his duties at the St. Monica’s College of Education in Asante Mampong. He ceases to be the Chaplain and lawyer of the school until further notice. This was disclosed by the school’s authorities after a closed-door meeting with the students and subsequently confirmed by Acting Principal, Dr. Okyere Korankye.
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The Anglican Church has also moved quickly to douse tensions over the development.

In a statement released on Tuesday, August 17, 2021; the Anglican Communion, Internal Province of Ghana disclosed that the Church frowns at the incident; even as it revealed that the priest would be sanctioned accordingly.

The statement was signed by Venerable Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah, Executive Director to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ghana.

‘‘The attention of the hierarchy of the Anglican Church, Ghana under the leadership of the Most Rev’d Dr. Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith has been to the circulating video of a Priest kissing some female students at the St. Monica’s College of Education within the Asante-Mampong region.

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‘‘The Church is saddened by the news and wishes to state expressly that; thorough investigation has immediately been instituted into the matter…The action of the said Priest would be dealt with in accordance with the norms and values of the Anglican Church where morality is extremely revered in the Church.

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‘‘Meanwhile, all efforts are being made to engage the students concerned through counselling sessions to avert any psychological issues that may arise as a result of the viral video,’’ the statement read in part.

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The Priest had been filmed on the altar; giving the girls kisses on their lips, one after the other; while congregants watched and screamed in excitement. One of the female students appeared reluctant and also refused to pull down her face mask. But the priest drew her close, helped her pull down her mask and kissed her for seconds; despite the girl’s discomfort.

It remains unclear what spurred the actions of the Priest.

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