Anglican church suspends 34 knights

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BY CHIDI NKWOPARA

OWERRI—No fewer than 34 Anglican knights have been suspended by the Anglican Diocese on the Lake over alleged inactivity in the church.

The Bishop, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti, announced the suspension at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Oguta, during the investiture service of 13 new knights.
“The 34 knights, who now stand suspended, have not been participating in diocesan activities, especially programmes of the Council of Nights in the Diocese,” Bishop Oti said.

The Anglican cleric was particularly irked that the affected knights brazenly flouted his earlier directive that all knights should not only get registered but must participate in the 2014 diocesan synod.
“Let me, however, say that any of the suspended knights who showed serious signs of remorse, and reapplies for possible reconsideration, would be re-admitted into the fold,” Bishop Oti said.

He reminded the new knights that knighthood was neither a secret cult group nor a place for fun-seeking individuals but a call to serve God and man.
Delivering the sermon during the service, the Bishop, Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, said knighthood was not a status symbol.

The bishop said: “Knighthood is not a status symbol. I urge you all to shun pride, arrogance and insubordination. You must see yourselves as soldiers of Christ.”

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