Vatican suspends Apostles of Jesus congregation activities

The Vatican has ordered the suspension of activities of the congregation of Apostles of Jesus, placing the society under a Pontifical Commission of inquiry.

The drastic action was ordered by Joao Braz Cardinal de Aviz the Prefect in charge of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life who also appointed Rev. Fr. Raphael p’Omony Wokrach from the MCCJ – Comboni Missionaries (Missionarii Comboniani Cordis Jesu) to head the Commission, that will take over all the duties of the leadership of the society and conduct a further investigation into priests’ misbehaviour.

“[This Dicastery] prohibits the admission of new members to the novitiate and to temporary and perpetual religious profession, and the suspension of diaconal ordinations,” Cardinal de Aviz announced.

Fr. Wokrach headed the initial investigation, that led to the suspension of the activities of the congregation which is in trouble having been found culpable for what the Vatican called “very problematic situations and serious shortcomings regarding the fundamental elements of consecration and religious discipline, the formation of candidates and members, the style of life, and the apostolate”.

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