Truth they say is stranger than fiction. A married woman died in a Catholic priest’s house after she had lied to her husband she was going somewhere else – The woman, said to be the priest’s lover, is also a member of the Catholic Women’s league from St Maurice Catholic church.
The culprit priest identified as Father Abel Mwelwa was suspended by the church and also forced to pay for the funeral expenses following the incident.
In a memo, Archbishop Banda stated that Fr. Mwelwa had also ceased being Parish Priest of Kaunda Square Parish.
According to Bishop Banda, Father Mwelwa has been suspended with immediate effect.
“I hereby wish to inform you that I have with immediate effect suspended the Very Rev. Ringford Abel Mwelwa from the priesthood indefinitely. With this suspension he ceases to be Parish Priest for Kaunda Square Parish as well as Judicial Vicar of the Archbishop of Lusaka,” read the two-paragraphed memo.
Father Abel Mwelwa is said to have invited the woman who also happens to be his lover to the parish house on the night of Holy Thursday, May 7.
Lusaka Times reported that Archbishop Alick Banda suspended the clergyman as the judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Lusaka moments after the occurrence became public.
The media said that the clergyman was mandated to pay for the funeral expenses by the deceased’s family. An unconfirmed source, however, said that the priest reportedly injected some substance into the deceased in an attempt to abort her pregnancy.