Defrocked Bishop terminates the appointed commissary

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The defrocked Archbishop of the Jonglei Internal Province has dismissed the newly appointed Bishop Commissary of Bor Diocese.

But the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) headquarters where the Primate and Archbishop sits said the fired Bishop has no authority to dismiss any priest who is appointed to the authority.

Last week, the Primate and Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan the Most. Rev. Dr. Justin Badi Arama fired Bishop Ruben Akurdid Ngong Akurdid, the Jonglei Internal province Archbishop for what he described as “Constitutional violations” in the Church.

But in response to the Provincial Order, Rev. Akurdid called his dismissal a “misunderstanding” of the Church’s Constitution and instead maintained the status quo.

Though the Primate Dr. Justin Badi appointed Rev. John Panchol Kon Achiek as Bishop’s Commissary for Bor Diocese this week, Akurdid immediately issued a termination letter to new Reverence terminating him from being a pastor or priest in any diocese of Bor.

The letter dated 18th August revealed that if though Rev. Panchol would go to Bor, he won’t be allowed as the Commissary as issued by the Primate.

In the letter, the sacked Bishop accused Rev. Panchol of incompetence and bad conduct in the Church’s history as he conclude “you are dismissed from the diocese of Bor and you are no longer a pastor in this diocese, because you are implementing the confusion being planned by Dr. Badi Arama to Bor,”

Philip Maluak, the Spokesperson and Secretary of the defrocked Bishop said the order was rejected and his Boss is still intact.   

“It is not procedural. Secondly, Rev. Panchol was not longer a priest in any diocese in Bor. Thirdly, Primate cannot just appoint to certain diocese without consultation; there are procedures to be followed instead of appointing anyhow, ” the Secretary narrated.

“There are procedures on how people are appointed, Bishop Akurdid remains in tact in charge and Panchol’s going to Bor cannot be allowed,” he concluded.  

Although Rev. Panchol Kon, the appointed Bishop’s Commissary is in Nairobi, Kenya, attempts to reach him for comment on this matter were not immediately successful as his phones could not go through. 

Episcopal Church of South Sudan Headquarters in Juba where the Most Rev. Dr. Justin Badi Arama sits said they were ready to comment on the story since the defrocked Bishop was fighting the constitution.

The Headquarters added the defrocked Bishop has no obligation to terminate the appointed Commissary since he is not longer a Bishop in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan arena.

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