A ROMAN Catholic Church priest in Chipata has said it is not in order for a man married to two women or those publicly known to have extramarital affairs to receive the Holy Eucharist.
St Atanazio Parish priest, Richard Chiyanjano said in an interview yesterday that the church doctrine only permitted a man in a monogamous relationship to take the Holy Eucharist.
“The Holy Eucharist, as far as I am concerned, is not allowed to be eaten by a man who is married to more than one wife or who has a known relationship or children outside marriage, the church doctrine does not allow that,” Father Chiyanjano, who is also Caritas Chipata director, said.
Fr Chiyanjano added: “What I know is that if a man is married to two wives, the first wife is free to eat the Holy Eucharist but the other one, including the man, are not allowed to eat it.”
Last Friday, Zambia Episcopal Conference president, George Lungu, when asked why Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata had not been stopped from receiving the Holy Eucharist despite allegedly siring two children outside his marriage, refused to comment on the matter, saying the issue should be addressed by Mr Sata’s parish.
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