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Catholic Church disclaims Fr Mbaka, may sanction him over political utterances - ITREALMS

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The Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Enugu State has disclaimed Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka over his recent inflammatory political utterances and may sanction him in line with the Canon law, reports 
Enugu Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga
Mbaka, who is the director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy, Enugu had on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, during adoration programme used his preaching to attack the good reputation of Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential candidate.

Mbaka had described him as “a stingy man” and as “a joker” these the church said is contrary to the Canon 220 of the q983 code of Canon Law, which prohibits anyone from illegitimately harming the good name of a person.

The Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, said in a public statement available to 

ITREALMS that his attention has been drawn to the inflammatory political utterances of Fr. Mbaka, including making fun of the Labour Party and vowed that Mr. Obi could not be the president of Nigeria. This, the Bishop said, is a clear violation of the provisions of canon 287 $2 which forbids priests from engaging in partisan politics.

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu in the press statement signed by the trio of Chancellor/Secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Wilfred Chidi, Vicar general, Very Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Aguigwo and Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Emest Anezichukwu Obodo, condemned and dissociates herself from such unbecoming and divisive utterances from Fr. Mbaka.

“We notify the general public that Fr. Mbaka's views on the matter are entirely personal to him and do not represent the position of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. In an effort to keep him united to the Body of Christ, we enjoin him to refrain from making further provocative prophecies or utterances capable of beating up the polity.

They assured the people of God and the general public that the Catholic Diocese of Enugu is taking the due canonical process on the matter.

“We urge all the People of God to continue to pray for peaceful elections and to discharge their civic responsibilities by getting their Permanent Voter's Card (PVC) and casting their votes in order to elect the right candidates,” the church advised.

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