Congratulatory messages are pouring in from the Catholic community in Ghana for Rev. Fr. Joseph Adu Owusu-Agyemang, who has just landed a High Court job.
Rev. Fr. Joseph Adu Owusu-Agyemang, Parish priest of All Saints Catholic Church at Santasi Fankyenebra in the Ashanti Region, is now a Judge.
Prior to his ordination into the priesthood on July 14, 2007, Rev. Fr. Owusu-Agyemang was a practicing lawyer.
He was the Director of Department of Legal in the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi.
He becomes the first ever Catholic Priest to secure a High Court Judge position in Ghana.
This feat by Fr. Adu Owusu-Agyemang is described by some Catholics in Ghana as good news for the Church.
Some Catholic youth on social media have commended the priest for taking his legal profession farther and pray that he brings fairness and trust into the judiciary.
Amidst the congratulatory messages, some are in speculation about how Fr. Adu Owusu-Agyemang would be able to distinguish his Catholic faith which preaches forgiveness from his work as a judge, a profession that capitalises on punishment.
“Congratulations, Father. But how will he combine his faith which preaches forgiveness with law which focus on punishment,” Richard Kamba said in reaction to the news on Facebook.
Another Facebook user who is also in doubt said, “I will go to him for confession just before court and the world will be surprised as I get acquitted for the most grievous crimes.”
Below are some Facebook comments in reaction to Rev. Fr. Adu Owusu-Agyemang new judicial role: