Mbaka’s followers desecrated holy altar, says Catholic Bishop, declares 8-day prayer for atonement, reparation

By AdvocateNews on 06/05/2021

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Fr Ejike Mbaka and Bishop Callistus Onaga
Fr Ejike Mbaka and Bishop Callistus Onaga

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Thursday, reacted to the invasion of the Bishop’s Court and the Holy Ghost Cathedral Church by the followers of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, saying the holy altar of sacrifice had been desecrated.

The church's reaction came about 24 hours after Mbaka's followers declared him missing after he was summoned to a meeting by Bishop Onaga.

The development had caused tension in Enugu on Wednesday as Mbaka’s followers took to the streets to protest the disappearance of the cleric.

They marched from the Adoration ground in Emene, Enugu, to the Bishop’s Court at Igboeze Street, Independence Layout Enugu where they destroyed some parts of the building. 

The protesters went further to vandalize facilities at the Holy Ghost Cathedral before security operatives dispersed them.

Mbaka, spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria, AMEN, later appeared and addressed his followers saying he would have been kept incommunicado by the Bishop for 30 days but for their protest.

However, in its official reaction, Catholic Church authorities in Enugu called for a prayer of “Atonement and Reparation” over what the church  described as desecration of “the holy altar of sacrifice” by the followers of Mbaka.

In a statement signed by Bishop Callistus Onaga, the Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, the Church called on all Parishes, Chaplaincies and Religious Houses in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu to embark on the prayer.

The statement reads:

“On 5 May 2021, the followers of Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria violently broke into the diocesan cathedral Church and desecrated the holy altar of sacrifice. Over and above this, they brutally vandalized the diocesan bishop’s residence, the cathedral parish house and the secretariat building complex.

“Therefore, I hereby declare and call for a one week union of prayer in repiration and atonement for this heinous act against our central place of worship and the sanctity of the Church. The prayer begins from Friday, 7th May to Friday, 14th May 2021. Every parish, chaplaincy and religious community in the
diocese is obliged to participate in this holy activity.

“In addition to the traditional May devotion prayers (like daily benediction), the following prayers are to be offered for this purpose: 

(a) 5 decades of the Holy Rosary

(b) Act of Reparation to the Most Blessed Sacrament (attached to this letter) and

(C) Psaims 51 and 23.

“I enjoin you to remain sober and keep the diocese in prayer. With divine assistance and grace, we shall overcome this challenging moment. May Our Lady, the Queen of May intercede for us, Amen.”

Posted 06/05/2021 5:35:56 PM

 

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