Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, a contentious Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), has been relieved of his duties as the leader of the adoration chaplaincy a few days after the Enugu Catholic Diocese overturned its three-month suspension of him.
Fr. Anthony Amadi has been named as the new priest in charge of overseeing operations and performing liturgical services at the Ministry in his place.
However, it is said that Fr. Mbaka has been transferred to a monastery, a segregated community, for the training of monks and nuns.
Fr. Amadi was apparently introduced during the Sunday mass when the announcement was made, which reportedly caused outrage among many of Mbaka’s supporters who rejected the new selection.
According to a church member, some of the Adoration faithful have pledged that only Mbaka will be accepted into the Chaplaincy due to a gang-up within the church against him.
The Catholic Bishop of the Enugu Diocese, Most Reverend Bishop Callistus Onaga, announced Mbaka’s suspension in June due to remarks he made about Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi. The suspension was removed on Thursday.
Fr. Mbaka had caused great controversy and censure when he referred to Obi as a “stingy man,” which led to the suspension.
A letter prohibiting Mbaka from holding events in the Adoration Ground stated the following:
“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 Catholic 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.”