- The Pope has weighed Rev. Fr.’s attack on Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Ms. Callistus Onaga. Ejike Mbaka’s followers
- Pope Francis, through his representative in Nigeria, condemned the attack on the bishop, stating that it was unacceptable
- The Spiritual Director of Worship Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN) called on worship members to stop the flagellation of Bishop Onaga and the Catholic Church in Enugu
Pope Francis condemned the social media attack on the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, by supporters of the controversial priest and spiritual director of worship, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, The Nation reports.
The attack on the bishop followed an order for Catholics in the diocese to stop attending Mbaka’s worship service in Enugu.
Mbaka’s ministry closes
Mbaka closed the worship grounds until further notice h the ban, which led to protests from members of the worship, who insulted the bishop for banning Catholics from entering the ministry.
One of the protesters, posing as Elijah issued, openly threatened to kill the bishop wherever he found him in a viral video.
Pope Francis responds
But through his representative in Nigeria, the papal nuncio Antonio Guido Filipazzi, during the inauguration of Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the new archbishop of the ecclesiastical province of Owerri in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, Pope Francis condemned the protest at the worship site, citing an online video of the death threat about Bishop Onaga and described this as unacceptable.
Filipazzi, speaking in a homily at Maria Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri, condemned what he saw as increasing tendencies towards division and others forms of unrest en denoted by members of the Church and emphasizes that this reduces the growth of the family, education and the economy, among other things.
I must warn the people of God against disobedience to the Church-appointed authorities. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you must not take the laws into your hands.
“This is reminiscent of the protest that took place at the Enugu worship service. I was surprised to see a video online of a protester threatening to kill Bishop Callistus Onaga, Bishop of Enugu. This is not acceptable in the Church of God.
“God’s people need to be aware of the abuse of social media to cause church scandals. You must remember that the Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic church and not a place where people take laws in their hands.”
Pope Francis sends message to Catholic believers
He urged the Catholic faithful to be aware of their relationship with their bishop and to respect the laws of the Church.
He urged the Catholic clergy to always preach the unadulterated gospel and stand by the teachings of the church.
Finally, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu opens up to Mbaka’s suspension
The Enugu Catholic Diocese has finally broken the silence as to why they are stopping religious activities in the Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka worship ministry.
According to Enugu Catholic Diocese, the church has been closed due to frequent disobedience of the priest to canon law.
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