A Catholic priest in Nigeria identified as Patrick Edet, has announced on a live radio programme his resignation from the Catholic Church.
The priest, said to have been a popular voice on radio in the state through his weekly live programme called Grace and Inspiration, served under the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been.
According to Premium Times, instead of airing his usual inspirational message which has over the years endeared him to thousands within and outside the state, Mr. Edet dropped the shocking news on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo, on Wednesday.
On 31 of July, I resigned from my services, my duties and obligations as a Catholic priest. I ceased to be a Catholic priest in my thinking, in my spirit, in my soul, (and) in my body.
Yesterday, the 1st of August, was my first day outside the laws, the regulations, (and) the authority of the Catholic church. In my mind, every law that bound me bound me because I submitted myself to the Catholic Church as an institution. Having submitted my resignation letter to my authorities in the Catholic Church, in my spirit, soul and body, I am free from every law that guided me. I submit myself to one authority – God
Edet noted that he prayed and fasted for seven months before he took the decision to leave the Catholic Church.
Mr. Edet, who runs a crowd-pulling fellowship in Uyo, outside the control of the Catholic Church, using his Grace Family Global Outreach, was a Catholic priest for more than 11 years.