Following the recent controversial remarks by the Catholic cleric -Rev. Fr. While Mbaka, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended all priests and Catholic faithfuls from attending the Adoration Ministry, Enugu led by Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
The cleric described the Labour Party presidential candidate -Peter Obi as a stingy man, saying the presidential candidate would never become a president if God exists. Since the statement from the cleric was made public a lot of controversial theories and opinions have been raised.
Until the due canonical process initiated by the Diocese is concluded, all activities of the ministry will remain suspended even though Rev. Fr. Mbaka took down/ renounced the statement he made earlier.
The suspension directive was contained in a letter signed by the Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga which was addressed to all clergymen and Catholic devotees.
The letter reads: “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 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 carç thee and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.”