Ghanaian Catholic Priest recently appointed a Judge, Rev. Fr. Joseph Adu Owusu-Agyemang, has vowed to give justice to whoever deserves it without fear or favour as he takes his new role as Justice of the High Court of the Republic of Ghana
In an exclusive interview with Newswatchgh.com, Fr. Adu-Owusu Agyemang said ”My expectations as a priest-judge are to dispense Justice without fear or favour. Nothing new.”
He said he is excited about the development and will do all in his power to do what is just before God and man.
“I feel very happy and elated and I understand those with mixed feelings because it is the first of its kind. It’s the fear of the unknown that is causing all that”, he told Newswatchgh.com.
According to him, although the journey has been quite a smooth one, he has had challenges with people with the opinion that a priest should not be a judge.
”My experiences have been the challenge of the management of time and the misunderstanding of people who think that a priest should not be a lawyer and the vice versa,” he averred.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have since been pouring in from the Catholic community in Ghana for Fr. Adu-Owusu Agyemang. Before his appointment, he served as a Parish Priest of All Saints Catholic Church at Santasi Fankyenebra in the Ashanti Region.
He also served as the Director of Department of Legal Matters in the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi. Prior to his ordination into the priesthood on July 14, 2007, Fr. Adu-Owusu Agyemang was a practising lawyer.
Although the development comes as good news to the Church, the priest can no more exercise his priestly ministry in public, the Catholic Church has said.
Fr. Adu-Owusu Agyemang, a Catholic priest incardinated into the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, was sworn in as a Justice of the High Court by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on September 16, 2020 becoming the first Catholic Priest in Ghana to assume the position of a Justice of the High Court.
Amidst concerns raised by the section of the Catholic population in Ghana as to whether a Priest could become a Judge, an explanation by the office of the Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi sighted by Newswatchgh.com said apart from political appointments, the church does not prevent its priests from serving offices, including serving as lecturers, to the security, doctors, among others nor becoming a judge.