‘Acknowledging reality,’ a splinter church in Kenya ordains married Catholic priests

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Source: Religion News Service

By Tonny Onyulo

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – At the Renewed Universal Catholic Church in Nyeri, in central Kenya, celebratory ululations filled the air last spring after Bishop Peter Njogu ordained three new priests.

Like Njogu, a former Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Renewed Church, all three of the new priests are married.

“I’m happy because I have been ordained as a priest in this church,” said Philip Muiga, 52, a former Roman Catholic priest. “With the experience I have, I will be able to perform my duties as a priest and also as a father.”

Muiga and others are among more than 20 priests, including several ordained in July, who have renounced their vows of celibacy, proposed to women and joined the Renewed Universal Catholic Church since late 2017.

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