The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka have reacted to the yesterday’s protest at the adoration ground by his followers.
AbaCityBlog reports that Supporters of the priest, yesterday, demanded the exit of the Bishop of Enugu, Callistus Onaga for banning Catholics from worshipping at Adoration ministry, following recent public utterances of Father Mbaka.
During the protest on Sunday, some worshippers who went to the ministry in Enugu, protested, carrying tree leaves and branches chanting, “Onaga Must Go.”
Reacting in a letter he personally signed, Mbaka disowned the protesters, noting that the Bishop is the chief shepherd and he remains amongst his flock.
The priest, however, pledged obedience to the Bishop.
The letter reads:
Dear people of God.
I greet you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. My attention has been drawn to activities that took place in the Adoration ground this Sunday (19/06/2022).
I am not in any way involved in such activity.
We received with obedience the directive issued by my Bishop, His Excellency Most Rev CVC Onaga, on June 17, 2022.
May I therefore appeal to the faithful, in particular, members of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria,to remain calm, and united with the body of Christ in the Diocese and also refrain from any measure of violence, either in action or by abusive utterances.
Those who take to attacking or insulting my dear Bishop should desist from such.
The Bishop is the Chief Shepherd of the Church in the Diocese and we remain his flock who in every way and at all times is expected to be respectful, obedient and willing to respond favorably to his apostolic directives.
May I once more remind you that all Adoration activities have been suspended till further notice. Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria is ever submissive to the mother Church.
I enjoin all adorers to know this and remain constantly in prayers for the manifestation of the will of God in the life of the Ministry.
The life of the Adoration Ministry is in the hands of God under the direction of the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese.
Once again, I pledge my obedience to my Bishop. Adorers should endeavor to attend Masses on regular basis.
I request your prayers and I promise to be praying for you in this perilous time… commend our beloved Diocese, the Adoration Ministry, the Adorers and myself to the Holy Trinity.
Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of Perpetual Help, shall help us overcome this trying moment.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Rev Fr Mbaka Ejike Camillus Anthony.
Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria