An Episcopal congregation in Queens was in for
a big surprise recently when their priest Rev.
Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch , 59, came on
pulpit to give Sunday sermon and announced
that he is gay. The shocked congregation was
further informed that he is divorcing his wife
and marrying a younger man.
Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch , is the
archdeacon of Queens and rector of the
Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, On a
Facebook post this week, the Cuban-born
prelate announced that he got married in a Los
Angeles church. “I’m in Miami Beach with my
new husband. God is good,” he wrote in a
caption of a picture on the beach. According
to the New York Post, many parishioners have
severed ties to the church after Quevedo-
Bosch came out.
Many are opting to attend Mass at a satellite
church a few blocks away. “Most of the people
aren’t coming anymore,” an elderly woman
told the newspaper. “Because he’s homosexual ,
people have stopped coming.” However, there
are many people in the largely Hispanic
congregation who are supporting their priest,
especially after he publicly offered to resign,
the woman added. A petition was circulated to
urge him to stay.
Saturday services have been canceled and
attendance continued to dwindle down, the
Post reported. While talking to the Post,
Quevedo-Bosch would not answer questions
about his former wife Adria or their divorce.
He revealed very little about his new marriage
to the unidentified man.
“I am aware that there have been concerns
regarding my divorce and subsequent
remarriage and have been in touch with my
bishop and my congregation about them,” he
Bishop Larry Provenzano , head of the Long
Island diocese, which includes Queens, told the
Post that he has been in touch with Quevedo-
Bosch “as is customary in personal matters
that involve divorce and remarriage.” He said
the priest has his full support.
“Priests who wish to enter into same-gender
marriage are approved to do so in the
Episcopal Church and in the Episcopal Diocese
of Long Island,” Provenzano said. Earlier this
year, the U.S. Episcopal Church voted to allow
same-sex marriage in the church. In a Twitter
post last week, Quevedo-Bosch said he would
be keeping his personal and professional lives
See Photos: Kennedy Agyapong caught “pants down”
Documents available to prove the exact opposite of claims made by New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong on Oman Fm’s Boiling Point last Thursday, that Stelin Automotive and Trading Company in 2012 paid only GH¢ 10,000 to clear six (6) Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles belonging to Mr Ibrahim Mahama’s Engineers & Planners.
“That Stelin Company, we will go after them… Ibrahim imported Hilux. When I talk they say it’s because he is richer than me that’s why I talk about him… Someone whose brother is President, and wants to be President again… this thing he did in 2012 I will talk”, Mr Kennedy Agyapong declared on Oman FM.
“Ibrahim brought in those six Hilux pickups. Do you know the duty Engineers and Planners paid? They paid 10,000 cedis.. I swear to God… I am not against Ibrahim, I am against Steling Company.. I want the customs officer to be interrogated”, he added.
But contrary to the claims made by the lawmaker, documents with receipts sighted showed Stelin Automotive and Trading Company paid GH¢10,424.16 for each of the Toyota Hilux Pick up and not GH¢ 10,000 for all the six (6).
It has been established that the vehicles with chassis numbers MROFR22G3C0679730, MROFR22G679726, MROFR22G679638, MROFR22G679533, MROFR22G679810 and MROFR22G67921 were all cleared at a total cost of GH¢62, 544.96 through Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Ecobank account.
It is unclear where the maverick lawmaker got his information from but checks at CEPS in Tema further revealed that the amount was paid in full before the vehicles were released to the clearing agent, Stelin Automotive, and Trading Company.
A CEPS official who spoke to MYNEWSGH.com on condition of strict anonymity said: “Checks on whether the appropriate duties of vehicles has been paid can be done through the use of Customs SMS code by texting the chassis numbers to the shortcode 1477”.
He revealed that any car whose duty has not been paid will be exposed by the system’s shortcode of 1477.
Though the lawmaker claimed during the political programme his allegations were against Stelin Automotive and Trading Company and not E&P or Ibrahim Mahama, an aide to the businessman in response said the NPP firebrand seems to be obsessed about Mr. Ibrahim Mahama.
“The attacks on Stelin Automotive and Trading Company appeared to be an indirect way of attacking Mr. Ibrahim Mahama because the cars were cleared on behalf of Engineers &Planners Limited”, he stated.
This is not the first time Mr Kennedy Agyapong is making allegations against Mr Ibrahim Mahama which eventually turned out to be false.
Last week, the outspoken lawmaker alleged ‘some impropriety’ in the part of Mr Ibrahim Mahama over the servicing of his cars at the Air Cargo section of the Kotoka International Airport.
Officials of NACOB who supervised the disembarking of the luxury vehicles disputed Mr Kennedy Agyapong’s version of events.
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