The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Calistus Onaga, has made it illegal for Catholics in the state to attend Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry.
The Diocese took the decision after the cleric’s recent attack on Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi. At his mid-week sermon, Fr Mbaka attacked Peter Obi as “a stingy man” who could not be Nigeria’s president. In addition, he claimed to be “cursed.”
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu soon distanced itself from Mbaka and his statements. Mbaka’s attack on Obi, according to the Diocese, violated Canon 220 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, which prohibits anybody from illegitimately injuring a person’s good name.
In a letter addressed to ‘All the Clery, Religious, and Lay Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu,’ Bishop Onaga personally signed, he forbade them from participating in the Adoration Ministry.
Mbaka, according to the Bishop, has refused to heed the Church’s repeated requests that he refrain from making statements that are contrary to the church’s policies.
Read His Letter Below;
“To All the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu
“Dear Msgri, Frs., Bros. and Srs..
Dear People of God,
PASTORAL INJUNCTION ON ATTENDANCE TO CATHOLIC ADORATION MINISTRY CHAPLAINCY ENUGU
In the light of the happenings in the Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu; capable of undermining the Catholic faith and teachings; and after several fraternal corrections and admonitions to Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Chaplain of the Ministry; and after having given him pastoral directives and guidelines for the Ministry Chaplaincy, which he persistently violated;
and in fulfilment of my pastoral duties as the Chief Shepherd with the obligation to promote and safeguard the Catholic faith and morals in Enugu Diocese, I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Catholic 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. Camillus 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.”