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IVORY COAST: Catholic Priest Charged For Rape

By Published May 10, 2018

A Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Abidjan is in custody on a charge of rape of a girl. Father Anderson Sylvain Kouame Abe of Abidjan Saint Paul's cathedral has also been suspended from ecclesiastical duties following his arrest until further notice.

This was contained in a statement issued by the communications and External Relations Officer of the archdiocese of Abidjan, Father Augustin Obrou.

‘’On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Father Abe Kouame Sylvain Anderson, Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Abidjan was arrested and referred on Friday, April 13, 2018 to the Abidjan detention and correctional center (MACA) under the head charge of rape on a girl.

His Eminence Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan, having been seized, given the nature of the charge, has taken precautionary measures provided for by canon law in such circumstances.

Thus, Father Abe Kouame Sylvain Anderson was immediately suspended from any ecclesiastical office until the culmination of the civil and ecclesiastical proceedings against him. His Eminence Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, committed against all forms of violence from wherever they come, especially those perpetrated on children, minors and women, feels deeply bruised by this accusation involving one of his priests.

For its part, the Church intends to let justice follow its course. Cardinal Jean Pierre Kutwa painfully bears the suffering of the family and their daughter. He expresses his paternal proximity. The Archdiocese of Abidjan undertakes to provide the person concerned with all the assistance he needs.

His Eminence Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa recommends to the prayer of all, the girl and her family, as well as all the priests especially Father Abe Kouame Sylvain Anderson.

The announcement ended weeks of speculation about the incident.

Roman Catholic Priests are supposed to live a life of celibacy.

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