‘The Prodigal Father’

CATHOLIC Church Vicar General for Mansa Fr Mambwe Mpasa says Frank Bwalya is no longer a priest because he cannot be a priest and president of a political party at the same time.

“It is wrong for people to call him president Fr Bwalya because our Canon Law does not allow us to involve ourselves in politics up to that extent. We cannot hold political offices and at the same time be priests. And I think this is an impression that should be corrected. If he is a president, then he should ask the church to be freed from priesthood,” he said.

“What has he seen in politics that makes him leave the holy priesthood? What services is he going to offer to the people that he couldn’t in priesthood? What is it, which is better than being a religious leader? My heart really bleeds to lose such an energetic young man,” Fr Mpasa said.
“I just hope and pray that my brother has not overrated himself.