The Anglican priest who was spotted in a viral video kissing some students of the Anglican College of Education has apologised for his conduct.
In a statement, Father Baltharzzar Obeng Larbi acknowledged wrongdoing in his action and rendered an apology to the girls involved, their families, the Anglican church, and the general public at large.
“I sincerely apologise to my archbishop, the entirety of the Anglican Communion, the College, the affected students and their families, and the generality of the public,” he said.
He explained that “the unfortunate incident happened during a Church service in appreciation of the Level 300 students, who would be going for their Macro Teaching (Off-Campus Teaching Practice) when College resumed the next academic year, by the College’s Chaplaincy Board.
“The three students seen in the video performed extraordinarily well and were therefore called to be appreciated by the chaplain. An attempt to add a human touch resulted in the scene in the video.
That notwithstanding, he admits there is no justification for the conduct.
“Accordingly, I am sincerely sorry for my actions seen in the video. I seemed to have taken a number of things for granted. I did not think through my behaviour and I admit that the act and its setting are wrong even in the absence of Covid-19.
“I pray for forgiveness from all and sundry and plead that you hold me in your prayers during these trying times. May God bless us all,” he added.
At least three female students were kissed on the lips by Rev Father Obeng Larbi in what school authorities have described as a ‘Peace Kiss’ during a Sunday Mass Service.
The conduct received great condemnation from the public.
Authorities in consultation with the Anglican Church subsequently relieved him of his post after five years of service.
School authorities at the College, also disclosed that arrangements have been completed for the affected students to receive counseling.