Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi of the Diocese of Buea, Cameroon, has officially lifted the prohibition on Emeritus Bishop Immanuel Bushu, allowing him to concelebrate and celebrate public Masses within the Diocese.
The decision follows what Bishop Bibi describes as an amicable resolution of misunderstandings that prompted the initial prohibition.
In a statement dated January 14, 2024, addressed to all clergy, members of religious institutes, societies of apostolic life, lay faithful, and people of goodwill in the Diocese of Buea, Bishop Bibi conveyed the news of the lifted prohibition.
“On the 13th of January 2024, Bishop Bushu made a declaration in which he regretted these misunderstandings, and I am happy to inform all the Clergy, the Religious and Christ’s Lay faithful in the Diocese of Buea, and all the people of goodwill, that the issues between us have been amicably resolved. By this Circular, I am hereby lifting the prohibition on the Emeritus Bishop from concelebrating with me or celebrating public Masses in the Diocese of Buea,” the statement said.
On November 22, 2023, Bishop Bibi issued a personal letter to Bishop Bushu, prohibiting him from concelebrating and celebrating public Masses in the diocese due to a series of misunderstandings between the two.
However, in a declaration made on January 13, 2024, Bishop Emeritus Emmanuel B. Bushu expressed regret over the misunderstandings, leading to the amicable resolution of the issues between the two prelates.
“I am happy to inform all the Clergy, the Religious and Christ’s Lay faithful in the Diocese of Buea, and all the people of goodwill, that the issues between us have been amicably resolved,” the statement further said.