The Adoration Ministry of the controversial Catholic priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, is closed to Catholics.
According to a statement signed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu, Callistus Onaga, this move is in response to the words of Fr. Mbaka, which he claims violate church doctrine.
Mbaka has been extensively criticised since since he referred to Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, as a “stingy man” and a “joker” who cannot be Nigeria’s president.
The troubled priest sent an apology to the ex-governor of Anambra State following many backlashes.
In the statement, however, Onaga ruled that no Catholic priest or lay faithful to participate in Adoration Ministry activities until the canonical process launched by the Diocese has been completed.
“In light of the events in the Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu, which are 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 disregarded; and in fulfilment of my pastoral duties as the Chief Shepherd with the obligation to promote an atmosphere of
“My decision is based on the fact that some of Father Camillus Ejike Mbaka’s teachings and statements at the Catholic Adoration Ministry are incompatible with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church.
“I exhort all the Christian faithful to continue praying for Fr. Mbaka and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu as I leave them to the maternal care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles,” said the statement.