Followers of Father Ejike Mbaka are protesting is redeployment from Adoration Ministry, Enugu to a monastery.
Mbaka was suspended from priestly duties in May for allegedly making comments that run against the canon of the Catholic Church.
“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,” the Bishop of Enugu Diocese had said in a letter suspending him.
“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 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. I enjoin all the Christian Faithful to keep praying for Fr. Mbaka and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu as I entrust him and the Diocese to the maternal care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.”
An attempt by Callistus Onaga, the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, to replace Mbaka with another priest at the Adoration Ministry was resisted by his followers.
Mbaka announced the resumption of the ministry last Thursday.
But his followers went up in protest when he showed up announcing his replacement on Sunday.
They aimed for Father Anthony Amadi, the new priest, who had to be taken away.