John Cardinal Njue has retired as the Archbishop of Nairobi.
However, there has been confusion on if the Cardinal resigned or retired.
According to Canon Law, all Bishops attaining the retirement age of 75 are required to write to the Pope and resign so that a replacement is sought.
One Steve Musamali advised Kenyans on social media.
Some Catholic insight is required here, in our church bishops retire at the age of 75. Njue has already hit that age kwa hivyo amestaafu. If you reach this age, you are supposed to write to the Pope seeking retirement. The right word to use to avoid confusing readers is retirement though in church terms resigning can be used to mean the same.
Many Kenyans blamed Njue for taking sides in the 2007/2008 Post election violence and the mess that characterized the St Mary’s Mission Hospital in Nairobi’s Langata estate and Nakuru’s Elementaita area.
The Hospital saw American Fr Fryda Brown fight it out with the Assumption Sisters.
Njue sided with the nuns.
In March 2013, Njue participated in the Conclave where Argentines Jorge Mario Begoglio was elected Pope Francis.
The Conclave was called after Germanys Josef Ratzinger resigned on 11th February 2013 as Pope Benedict VI.
Catholic priests are supposed to remain celibate but its no clear why Wikipedia says Njue has a daughter named Faith Njue.
Information on if Faith Njue is a the biological, spiritual, or adopted daughter to the Cardinal is also scanty.
If a Vacancy occurs in the Papacy, Njue is still eligible to elect a Pope since he has not attained the age limit of 80 years.
He is still among the 120 cardinal electors who elect a Pope.
Long serving Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi David Kamau Kuria has been appointed the Apostolic Administrator of the Arch Diocese of Nairobi.