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Catholic Church may Discipline Mbaka, over Political statement

The Catholic Church said it was wrong for Rev. Father. Ejike Mbaka to make a political statement from the pulpit and that he may face disciplinary action.  The Church has distanced itself from the reckless statement of the Reverend Father against the Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar and his running-mate, Peter Obi.

Mbaka was reported to have said to Peter Obi at the annual harvest of the church that neither APC or PDP will win the 2019 presidential election.

Mbaka said: “Former governor, listen so that we won’t be deceiving God. As you are standing in the presence of these children of God, tell God what you will do for Him… It means you don’t want to do anything for God.

“Let me believe in fear, but this is a political statement. God hates stinginess. What I am saying is not for your pleasure. I am saying what will save your life; otherwise, you and Atiku will fail. The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame.”

But Rev. Father. Benjamin Achi the Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, said the Catholic Church is not in support of Mbaka’s irresponsible statement, saying it was wrong for him to make political statements from the pulpit. And the Church may discipline him.

Father. Benjamin said: “The diocese is not in support of any priest making political statements. The church is supposed to be apolitical and the Bishops’ conference has said that repeatedly. We are not supposed to make any political statements from the pulpit within the context of Mass, that is, church service.

“So, it would be wrong to stand at the pulpit to make any political statements. There is a document issued by the Bishops’ conference to that effect. So, he just spoke on his own, not representing the diocese.”

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