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The Enugu Catholic Diocese has directed the reopening of the popular Adoration Ministry in Emene, Enugu State, after three months of suspension
It would be recalled that the ministry which was founded by Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka was shut down following the statement he made about the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
The ministry will reopen on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
Fr. Mbaka in a statement announcing the reopening said, ‘To the glory of God, Adoration Ministries starts on Sunday, 2nd October, 2022 with 10a.m Mass.
“God bless you miraculously as you come joyfully to worship God with us.’
The ministry was suspended indefinitely on June 18, 2022, by the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Callistus Onaga.
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Giving reason the ministry was suspended; Bishop Onaga argued that Mbaka had continuously violated all the tenets of Catholicism.
His letter read: ‘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 care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.’
In a live video on the ministry’s Facebook page, Mbaka who said he is currently on a personal retreat following the controversies surrounding his outbursts, said the Adoration ministry had no plan to attack the Bishop.
According to him, the said Elijah who made the utterance to kill Bishop Onaga is a verified psychiatric patient who should not be taken seriously.