Even priests have secrets, says Ndola Bishop


Everyone has secrets – Bishop Phiri

AS murdered priest Father Deotatus Mbebe was put to rest today, Ndola diocese Bishop Benjamin Phiri reminded scores of mourners who gathered at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Kansenshi for the requiem service that “everyone has secrets”.

News of the priest’s death sent tongues wagging when police announced that they had detained Fr Mbebe’s lover to help with investigations.

According to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law celibacy, priests are by all means expected to remain unmarried and stay away from love and sexual affairs.

In a homily to the gathering, Bishop Phiri said most people thought the life of a priest was easy but there are times when they have sleepless nights.

“Everyone has a secrete and so it surprised me to see the media write about the sins he committed without anything positive about his life in the write up.

Bishop Phiri revealed that the late priest was a servant of God who dedicated over 20 years of his life to God’s work and a lot of people benefited from his service.

He added that the church does not know exactly what happened as they were just hearing what the people are saying.

“Our church will not reject him as he served in the church for many years,” he said.

“People who like pointing fingers at others wrong doing are worse than the people they condemn,
God is a God of mercy and he will receive us and will not abandon us at our time of need,” Bishop Phiri added.

Mbebe was brutally murdered on Saturday after which police announced that they had arrested Justina Luchele, a girlfriend to the priest.

Four days later, police say Luchele, a nurse at Arthur Davies Children’s Hospital is still in detention although she has not charged.

According to a close associate of the late priest, the man of the cloth spent his last hours with Luchele.

It was reported that Father Mbebe was killed about 50 meters from Luchele’s house moments after leaving driving her car.

File photo for illustration.


  1. The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” G2:18

    Man and Woman in the Garden
    …17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”

    Now it is very important to understand Priesthood as from the ascension of the Holy Spirit onto the Disciples of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

    What is the difference, Man and Woman in the Garden and the new Priesthood especially in our Catholic Church, after the coming of our Lord Jesus?
    (see Alma 13:7–8; Doctrine and Covenants 84:17–18)
    Don’t we see that Jesus is trying to connect us the people as we exist, through the CHURCH to be as before man and woman fail short of the glory of God in that Garden.
    Lets take Priesthood seriously serious for the salvation of all humanity.
    The only secrets Priests should have are those after the confusion of us the ordinary persons.

    • The good thing about the Holy Bible anybody can pick data that favours his/her argument. Your first opening line (verse) if you had continued …not this version of the Bible you have used which has updates but the old one it should have read: “…for those who will marry will face many problems in this life and I would like to spare you this.” Further it then explains that if you weak then marry otherwise you will disgrace yourself like the clergyman in question.

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