CATHOLIC PRIEST IN MOZAMBIQUE SUSPENDED FOR ABUSING TEENAGE GIRL

MAPUTO– The Vicar-General of the Catholic diocese of Xai-Xai in southern Mozambique, Rafael Simbine, has confirmed the suspension of a priest in that city for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl.

He told the Maputo newspaper, Noticias, that the Bishop of Xai-Xai, Lucio Muandula, signed a decree on Aug 20, suspending the priest, Calisto Chivite, from all religious activities, not merely in Mozambique, but anywhere on the planet.

The decree noted that he began his affair with the girl in 2015, when she was just 16. The girl, who was not named, is now 19 and pregnant.

Considering that these actions gravely offend against his position as a priest of the Catholic Church, he is suspended until the disciplinary process is concluded,” the bishop’s decree declares.

A spokesperson for the Attorney-General’s Office (PGR) told Noticias that a team of prosecutors will be sent to Xai-Xai to investigate the sexual abuse committed by Chivite. This may lead to a criminal case against him.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK