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Fr. Bwalya put on a one-year sabbatical leave

General News Fr. Bwalya put on a one-year sabbatical leave

Catholic Church priest, Father Frank Bwalya, has been put on a one-year sabbatical leave and removed from Ipusukilo Parish as parish priest.

Ndola Diocese Catholic Church Bishop, Noel O’regan, said during the sabbatical leave, which starts on May 1, Fr. Bwalya would not be allowed to serve mass, but would be free to express views on national issues as long as they were non-partisan.

“I have approved the application from Fr. Bwalya to go on sabbatical. During this period he can either go for further studies and speak on national issues for the good of the church and the country,” Bishop O’regan said.

Speaking on Radio Icengelo’s `Face to Face’ programme in Kitwe yesterday, Bishop O’regan said Fr. Bwalya would also be allowed to host some programmes at Radio Icengelo.

He said the Catholic Church removed Fr. Bwalya from Radio Icengelo as station manager because the Catholic Church was not in agreement with the manner in which Fr Bwalya expressed his sentiments on national issues.

Bishop O’regan said although Fr. Bwalya’s sentiments were in line with the Catholic Church’s social teachings, the church were not in support of the manner Fr. Bwalya was expressing his sentiments.

“He was removed because we wanted to clear the air that some of his personal views did not represent the church’s position but were being said in his personal capacity as Fr. Bwalya,” Bishop O’regan said.

Bishop O’regan also dispelled assertions that the removal of Fr. Bwalya from the radio station was aimed at silencing the priest.

“There are no attempts to stop Fr. Bwalya from speaking on national issues because during the sabbatical, he is free to express his sentiments on the radio as long as they are not political but those to benefit the church and the nation at large,” Bishop O’regan said.

And speaking, on the same programme, Fr. Bwalya commended Bishop O’regan for approving his sabbatical.

[ Zambia Daily Mail]

55 COMMENTS

  1. Bishop O’regan, has not yet finished his mission.
    RB promised the Bishop free fuel vouchers,Big bags full of money, food and will be free to enter State house at anytime as soon as he poison Fr. Bwalya to death

  2. Ba Bishop watch out, that guy is too devastated he can commit suicide.he took Radio icengelo like his amusement parkand now he cant believe that he is no longer there.only the blind who have been duped into believing that he was speaking on behalf of the poor will miss him. the ka man was shaping up to become zambia’s version of Haiti’s Betrand Aristide and Radio icengelo was the launch pad. has started digging trenches and slashing grass by the way or maybe he has taken this sabbartical so that he can devote time to the same.

  3. Why is this happening in the House of the Lord? !! The Lord has already forgiven him and now who are you (sons of men) not to forgive your fellow brethren? You are all nothing compared to the grace of the Lord and so please do not take yourself to be more pure than the pastor. The Lord condemns such behavior.

  4. About time I say. There is separation between state and Church and Fr Bwalya was mixing the two. What did he even need the movement for? So that ne could continue to anatagonise the govt? There seemed to be more to his actions than we were hearing.

  5. If Fr Bwalya calls on RB to downsize his cabinet in order to save money for needy areas such as funding the bursaries, it that a political statement? If he says the government should curb rising corruption, is it a political or social commentary? If he says government should look into the plight of miners who have become destitute due to job losses, does it amount to political meddling? If Fr Bwalya makes an observation that people are dissatisfied with the present leadership and are prepared to usher-in a more competent and likeable leadership, does it amount to subversion? Where do you draw the line between social commentary in confirmity with the church’s aspirations and politics? It will be interesting to hear what Fr Bwalya will have to say during his sabbatical on Radio Icengelo.

  6. So the bishop and the father are actually good friends it appears to me…so the whole idea of a sabbatical is just meant to settle the dirty father Bwalya has raised and when that settles, he will be back to business.

    They should just allow these guys to marry, so that they can also have time to focus on family to distract their attention from politics!

  7. Thank you # 15 lusaka, big men like that cannot continue masquerading as being celibate when hormones are boiling inside.

  8. THIS KA FATHER BWALYA, WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT HIM, HE HAS BEEN MAKING HEADLINES ON LT AND THE POOR CHAP IS A SERIAL WOMANISER BIG TIME AT IPUSUKILO PARISH. I HAVE NO REGARD FOR HIS INTERGRITY AND I FIND PLEASURE IN HIS CURRENT TROUBLES.

  9. The title of this article is ‘Bishop Noel O’Regan permits Fr Frank Bwalya to on Sabbatical’ I say so because Fr Frank asked for this ‘time off to think and pray’ about what he is and what he is really looking for in future. # 8 Jamaco: The Catholic Church gives enough space for one to pray before making definite decision. # 1Stripper Bwalya raises a lot of pertinent points affecting local people but as the Bishops puts it is the ‘HOW’

  10. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A BIG FAMILY OF CHRIST WHO HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN ZAMBIA. THE CHURCH HAS TO ALLOW ALL OPINIONS TO BE HEARD AND FATHER FRANK ONLY ALLOWED THE PF OPINION TO BE HEARD. WHAT WILL THE CHURCH SAY IN CHIPATA OR MONZE WHERE THE PEOPLE HAVE NO TIME FOR PF. BISHOP OREAGAN HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO REMOVE BWALYA TO RESTORE THE NEUTRALITY OF THE STATION. WORSE STILL FATHER BWALYA WANTED TO USE THE STATION TO BE A MOUTH PIECE FOR HIS MOVEMENT. ALL OF US KNOW THAT IS NOT THE POLICY OF THE CHURCH. IF CHRIST HAD WANTED HE COULD HAVE JOINED POLITICS IN JERUSALEM. HE DID NOT. SATAN INVITED HIM AND HE REFUSED.

  11. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT OUR PRIEST HAS A SABBATICAL IN ORDER FOR HIM TO GO AND REFLECT ON HIS CALLING. BEING A PRIEST CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT. HUMILITY AND OBEDIENCE ARE DIFFICULT QUALITIES. IT ALREADY APPEARS THAT FR. FRANK WANTS TO CHALLENGE THE BISHOP. THAT IS NOT OUR WAY IN THE CHURCH. OUR PRIESTS SWEAR OBEDIENCE TO THEIR ORDINARIES (BISHOPS) AND HE SHOULD HAVE REACTED BY DEFENDING THE BISHOP REGARDLESS OF HIS PERSONAL OPINIONS. HIS MOVEMENT IS OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE EXCEPT TO THOSE WHO WANT TO USE HIM.

  12. Father Frank Bwalya,your feathers have been removed.you are left with no feathers.You are now like a young bird without feathers.You will die of coldness this coming cold season……watchout……………..

  13. Fr Bwalya, the fact that the whole Government had to sit up is a sign that your voice has been heard. Yayi Baba. Lomba kapumuleni. Nchito mwagwila kale. At least you have fed many mouths from the biblical 5 fish and 5 loaves of bread and improved the pockets of many. The 4000 policemen who were taken to the copperbelt will all have to claim allowances, Fuel companies had a lot of business from police for filling their vehicles, food suppliers on the copperbelt had an increase in trade to feed the extra 4000 mouths, your stories increased Newspaper sales. Sponsored “NGO” had something to scream about to justify their sponsorship, etc. Who did not benefit? That’s the way to go. Thank you. You Done it. Belalya beka kulusaka

  14. Mwagwira nchito a father O’regan on “Ndola Diocese Catholic Church Bishop, Noel O’regan, said during the sabbatical leave, which starts on May 1, Fr. Bwalya would not be allowed to serve mass, but would be free to express views on national issues as long as they were non-partisan”. Let father Bwalya reflect on his activities and decide on how best to continue.

    I wish the PF all the best in finding another radio station to champion their cause in the Copperbelt Province.

  15. Go and rest student of Rasputin the most evil monk……… come back as a true child of the most high above.

  16. Do you kno what to do to gain popularity in Zambia? Just talk about the social teachings of the church with 1.2 billion followers in the world . That’s why PF has such a following and if they wil continue like this. But since some hate the church, they dont want to follow suit.

  17. If Fr Bwalya was a womaniser, they would have used this weakness to bring him down. It’s good he’s been given some programmes to present. That’s the protectioo the Bishop was taking about. Thank you bishop that’s the protection we wanted. Others are celebrating that he’s been fired. He’l continue influencing the masses. You dont need to have money to influence.

  18. If Fr Bwalya was a womaniser, they would have used this weakness to bring him down. It’s good he’s been given some programmes to present. That’s the protection the Bishop was taking about. Thank you bishop that’s the protection we wanted. Others are celebrating that he’s been fired. He’l continue influencing the masses. You dont need to have money to influence. NO! It’s about what you stand for. Amen.

  19. “I have approved the application from Fr. Bwalya to go on sabbatical. During this period he can either go for further studies and speak on national issues for the good of the church and the country,” Bishop O’regan said.” The Message is very clear fellow blogger. The young man speaks and the Church and Govt sit up… Somehwhere in the Good Book it says “If this is from the evil one, it will fall through, but if it is from God, it will prosper. Make use of your Sabbatical mwandi.

  20. Hello # 31,Don….. I had been wearing that shoe for a long time so i decided to change for a little bit, lol!!

  21. let the weed and wheat grow together ………..only kafupi and them all demonized the holy ten rules of the good book…

  22. Zambia is a christian nation not because of kafupi, but rather coz 85% of our folk claim membership or attend a church of some sort, and consider themselves christians. But what comments are devlish?. you this blog and some of its characters.

  23. Fr. Bwalya must have been surprised by the backlash from RB supporters and other haters. No wonder the man asked for a sabbatical. Anyway, I hope he will continue to serve God and speak out on behalf of the masses who are being exploited by the same few people in government.

  24. DIFFERENT VIEWS AND OPINIONS ABOUT THE BISHOP’S MOVE TO GRANT FR. BWALYA’S SABBATICAL LEAVE. ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU ALL IS THAT WE HAVE NO OPPOSITION IN OUR COUNTRY.

  25. My friends, you don’t bribe Catholics. Those guys have a lot of money and they don’t need your money. These are not like Chiluba’s pentecostal pastors. These are dons.

  26. Wenze welabila ngako nawe Bwalya! Ona lomba, kapumule mwe. Dont mix nchito nama personal opinion. May i suggest you join a political party so that you can be understood better pa nkhani “fimo fimo or die Zambia”! Yamene iyo slogan, yakuletelela, ka.

  27. It is interesting that the Bishop would rather tranfere Father Nsama who has broken someone’s home through adultery to Lusaka to continue doing so and victimise Father Bwalya for speaking out on very important issues concerning our country. This is not the cotholic Bishops that we know. I miss Bishop Dejong for standing for justice. Viva Father Bwalya.

  28. We demand for the immediate reinstatement of Father Bwalya and the Bishop should step down for failing to send Father Nsama on sabatical leave and condone marriage breaking which is a serious biblical issue.

  29. #46, Ba Moze muli tyani?, kale mweee.

    Aba ba x-father benze bansamwa maningi, now if his own church has condemned him. sole William.

  30. Even Jesus was disowned by his friends at the moment of suffering. Fr. Bwalya, you are just taking a leaf from your master, Jesus. Go ahead and challenge them even when the Bishop has turned against you.
    ITS SAD HOW WE KILL OUR PROPHETS DURING OUR TIME.

  31. Lomba tika kamba kuti museguke kamwa a #50 a Thenjiwe nishi tapuba. Mwasamwa ni mweo manje. Pumulani mweka.

  32. I wish Fr. Bwalya a happy sabatical. Zambians, do not disregard this man, he is your next President. I enjoyed all that I read about him. You are not alone brother! We shall continue to preach the true gospel to our oppressors and our African rural poor at our sides. Fr. Bwalya is Zambia’ Jean Betrand Aristide!

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