The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has barred Catholics in the region from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Adoration Ministry of Father Ejike Mbaka, in efforts to curb his perceived excesses.
This admonition was contained in a statement released by the Diocese and signed by Bishop Callistus Onaga, Bishop of Enugu Diocese.
The directive is against the backdrop of reports regarding Mbaka’s outburst against former governor of Anambra State and the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
Ejike Mbaka had in a trending video described Peter Obi as a stingy man, unfit to become Nigeria’s president.
“A stingy man cannot be our president, we are very hungry — we need a generous person, Nigerians are hungry, are we not hungry?” Mbaka had said.
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu, however, condemned Mbaka’s outburst, stressing that his views were not representative of the Diocese
In a letter personally signed and addressed to ‘All the Clery, Religious and Lay Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu’, Bishop Onaga banned them from having anything to do with the Adoration Ministry.
He said in the letter that Mbaka failed to heed to the Church’s persistent directives.
The statement read in part: “I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Cathooic Adoration Ministry until the due canonical process initiated by the Diocese is concluded.”
“My decision is based on the fact that some of the teachings and utterances of Fr. Camilius Ejike Mbaka At the Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church.
“I enjoin all the Christian Faithful to keep praying for Fr Mbaka and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu as I entrust him and the Diocese to the maternal care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.”
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