• Troubled Nigerian diocese urged to ‘put grievances aside,’ accept bishop

    Troubled Nigerian diocese urged to ‘put grievances aside,’ accept bishop

    • Aug 23, 2017

    Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, is urging priests in his country’s Ahaira diocese to accept a bishop appointed by Benedict XVI and confirmed by Francis, even though he comes from outside the diocese’s majority ethnic and linguistic group. While some priests say they’re ready to comply with whatever the pope decides, that doesn’t mean the underlying grievances are resolved.

  • Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    • Jul 22, 2017

    Last June, Pope Francis threatened the priests of the Ahiara diocese in Nigeria with suspension unless they wrote a letter addressed to him, apologizing for refusing to accept their bishop, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012. Days after the deadline, letters from Rome responding to each priest individually began to arrive in the diocese.

  • Pope’s ultimatum in Nigeria has roots in 2014 letters

    Pope’s ultimatum in Nigeria has roots in 2014 letters

    • Jun 20, 2017

    Pope Francis’s recent demand for all the priests of a Nigerian diocese to write him pledging loyalty, including accepting the bishop he’s confirmed, may seem to come out of left field, but in fact it builds on a similar request made by the Vatican in 2014 and rejected at the time by the dissident priests.

  • As clock ticks on pope’s ultimatum, Nigeria diocese is in tumult

    As clock ticks on pope’s ultimatum, Nigeria diocese is in tumult

    • Jun 19, 2017

    Following a dramatic show of papal authority in Nigeria, with Pope Francis demanding that all the priests of a diocese write him a letter pledging their loyalty and promising to accept the bishop the pope has appointed, the matter seems far from resolved. Some priests seem willing to go along, while others are submitting a half-apology, and others are even calling for the pope’s resignation.

  • Online campaign tries to raise doubts about Pope’s Nigeria edict

    Online campaign tries to raise doubts about Pope’s Nigeria edict

    • Jun 14, 2017

    After Pope Francis issued a dramatic demand for submission from priests in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, insisting they all write to pledge loyalty and to indicate a willingness to accept a bishop appointed in 2012 who’s never been able to take control, an online campaign is attempting to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the pope’s edict.