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NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Nov. 3) – The head of the Roman Catholic Church has suspended a priest and a deacon from active duty.

Bishop Soane Patita Mafi made the decision following allegations that the duo were involved in sexual misconduct, according to the director of the church's department of communcations, Viliami Falekaono.

The priest was the assistant head of the Lapaha parish while the deacon was the deputy head of the Houma parish.

According to the information, the church has looked into the allegations and Bishop Mafi has suspended them from active duties.

It's reported that the Bishop had stated that the Catholic Church does not condone such behaviour.

Despite the plea for forgiveness from the family of the victim, the church does not stop them from seeking justice from the court.

Viliami also stresses that Bishop Soane Patita Mafi does not want to ignore such attitude coming from priests and those being ordained to sacred positions.

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