Father Mbaka does not speak for us – Catholic Bishops.
Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has dissociated itself from a controversial New Year message given by one of its priests who is the founder of Adoration Ministry, Enugu (AMEN) Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka where he described President Jonathan's administration as one that has been plagued with bad luck and poor performance.
The CBCN President, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigam, in an interview with ThisDay clari…fied that Fr Mbaka's remarks were not a representation of the position of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, stressing that Fr Mbaka merely numbers among the 30 million Catholic faithfuls in Nigeria. He added that the position of the Catholic Church on any matter of national importance can only be communicated through the CBCN.
Mbaka cannot speak for the church, only the CBCN can speak for the church. Those who are complaining should go to Fr Mbaka and find out why he is saying what he is saying. I tell you, even the Canon Law forbid a priest to engage in partisan politics.”
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Abuja Metropolitan, Cardinal John Onaiyekan has stated that going by the rules of the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka ought to be sanctioned following his remarks about President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.
According to him, “Mbaka will take responsibilities for his own actions. I do not believe in my mind that the way things are in Nigeria, any Catholic priest has the mandate to decide which of the political contestants should be voted for. What most of us will do is to tell people to vote according to their conscience and then, we tell the authorities to allow people to vote freely and fairly.-
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