Enugu Diocese bans Christian faithful from Rev. Fr. Mbaka after attack on Peter Obi

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The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese has warned the Catholic faithful not to attend Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka's Church following his attack on Peter's Obi.

The Minister of Adoration Ministry is in hot water after he lambasted the Labour Party's Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, calling him a "stingy man."

During his mid-week prayer activities, the embattled Minister said that Obi was "cursed," adding that he could not be Nigeria's next President.

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese said Mbaka's attack on Obi breached Canon 220 of the 1983 Code of the Canon Law that prohibited anyone from illegitimately harming the good name of a person.

The directive was in a statement signed by Bishop Onaga, addressed to "all the clergy, religious and lay faithful in the catholic diocese of Enugu."

The statement banned all the faithful from having a connection with Rev. Father Mbaka after he had refused to adhere to a continuous directive from the body.

Bishop Onaga said his decision was based on Mbaka's utterances which he said were not consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church. He, however, urged all Christian faithful to continue to pray for Rev. Father Mbaka.

The statement reads:

"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.”

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