THERE has been widespread anger and condemnation in Ghana after video footage emerged on Tuesday of an Anglican priest kissing female students during a service at the St. Monica’s College of Education in the Asante-Mapong Diocese.
The video shows the priest standing at the altar, embracing a young woman wearing white and kissing her on the mouth.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Internal Province of Ghana Anglican Communion, Venerable Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, the church has said that it is saddened by the news and wishes to state expressly that a thorough investigation has immediately been instituted into the matter.
‘The action of the said priest will be dealt with in accordance with the norms and values of the Anglican Communion where morality is extremely revered in the church,’ said the executive director to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ghana.
The church has said that all efforts are being made to engage the students concerned through counselling sessions to avert any psychological issues that may arise as a result of the video that has gone viral.
Furthermore, according to the latest reports from Ghana, the priest, who has been identified as Father Balthazar Obeng, is said to have been dismissed by the church late on Tuesday, writes online news platform Modern Ghana.
Various clergy have taken to social media platforms to condemn the priest’s actions, including pastor and founder of Alabaster International Ministries, Prophet Kofi Oduro.
Oduro told the priest to drop the cassock if he cannot control his sexual appetite, as reported by the news website 3 news.com.
Other social media users reacted in shock and horror, condemning the priest for his actions.