Following the recent protest at the Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria, AMEN, the Spiritual Director of the church, Father Ejike Mbaka, has apologized to the Catholic church.
Recall that there was a violent protest by the followers of Mbaka over his disappearance.
On Sunday, Mbaka during his sermon asked the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Callistus Onaga, to forgive him and his followers for their actions which have rubbed off negatively on the church.
Mbaka in his sermon said, “I can’t disobey the church; who am I? How can somebody who has been serving the church for 25 years come out to begin to fight the same church? Everything in my life is for the church”
“Because I have something in me that will conquer all this problem — the gift of humility and the obedience of the church.”
Some of his supporters had protested and broke into the Diocesan Cathedral when his whereabouts were unknown for some hours on Wednesday.
Mbaka while recalling this, said having been summoned before the protest, the church leadership immediately directed him to reveal himself to the protesters, as they had vowed that “things will get worse” if they don’t see him.
He said, “I never knew that even a glass was broken. What I was praising you for was not for what was destroyed, but for your ability to search for your missing pastor.
“There was a lot of mixed information. The devil entered the story; the church did not kidnap me.
“I wish to apologize to whoever misunderstood my statement. I did not clap for anybody for destroying anything.
“I heard that the search for Father Mbaka was hijacked; people joined and started breaking things.
“I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere, unalloyed apologies to the Holy Catholic church where I belong, and say, may the mother church forgive us in any way we didn’t do it well.
“Even in all that I said, where I didn’t say it well, I pray for forgiveness. I am on your (the worshippers) behalf, kneeling down for the church and I tell the church, forgive.”
The Priest, while cautioning his followers, said he has no problem with the church and restated that he remains loyal to the Bishop.
“We are to save the image and face of the church, and the souls of the children of God.
“I am here for soul-saving, the church is not my property because I belong to the church.”