From THE SOWETAN:
A Pretoria parish had to obtain an urgent court order to hold its church service yesterday. The move follows a decision on Thursday by South African Council of Churches chairman Bishop Johannes Seoka to close the St Albans Anglican Cathedral for worship. Seoka took the drastic decision following the resignation of resident priest Father Rudolph Paulse. The priest resigned last week after he was allegedly threatened with death by parishioners. The Pretoria High Court ruled that the 130-year-old church be opened with immediate effect for worship. The court also ruled that Paulse be reinstated as a caretaker priest while mediation between the warring parties is being instituted.
Yesterday parishioners welcomed the court ruling and accused Paulse of lying about the death threats. They also accused Seoka of misappropriating the cathedral's funds, dishonesty, breach of trust and corruption. It is claimed that Seoka used R500,000 of the Pretoria diocese's money to pay for his bond. He is also accused of misappropriating R162,000 to fund legal representation against a church dean.
"He is a rascal bishop and we believe that he has lost his mind," a church member said yesterday.
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