The Enugu Catholic Diocese has denied the reports claiming that Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka was removed from his position as the spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN).
It was earlier reported by Naija News, that Father Anthony Amadi was appointed as the new Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN) by the Catholic Church authorities.
However, in a statement issued on Monday by the Director of Communications, Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, clarified that Mbaka would return to continue his duties, as he is only on temporary leave.
The diocese, who described Mbaka as an illustrious son, said he was only asked to take time away in solitude to listen to what the Spirit of God has to tell him.
Fr. Achi further maintained that Mbaka was allowed to propose a priest to administer, in the interim, to the faithful at the Adoration Ministry following his proposal for solitude.
He added that with the approval of Bishop Callistus Onaga, on Sunday, 2 October 2022, Fr. Mbaka introduced Fr. Anthony Amadi to the worshippers to take charge while he would be away.
That, the spokesman said, did not go down well with some of the faithful, who insisted that Mbaka must remain.
The statement reads: “With the approval of his Bishop, on Sunday, 2 October 2022, Fr. Mbaka introduced Fr. Anthony Amadi to the worshippers.
“Unfortunately, some people were still not pleased, and would prefer that Fr. Mbaka remains.
“What every true Christian, and especially every true Catholic, should do at this moment is to commit our dear brother and priest, Fr. Mbaka, to God in prayer so that he may, through this moment, encounter God specially, come out stronger and better in recognizing His will for him and gain more graces to channel those rare gifts for His glory and for the sanctification of the people of God and society at large.
“The Church loves Fr. Mbaka and cherishes him as an illustrious son.
” May our Mother Mary, the Queen of all Apostles, intercede for him. Amen”.