The leadership of the Catholic have revealed why controversial Catholic priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka was transferred from his Enugu Parish to Emene
Explaining why he was transferred, the Secretary-general of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Reverend Father Ralph Madu refuted claims that the transfer was a punishment meant to make the Reverend Father suffer.
The Secretary-general noted that Rev. Fr. Mbaka was posted to where his services will be more beneficial to the church.
"Mbaka’s transfer is not an exception; the Bishop has the right to post any priest wherever he feels his service would be more useful to the church.
His posting should have been a privilege, not a punishment which the Bishop can do because he has the power. If he says it’s a punishment, then it’s open for further investigation."
He further emphasized that "Posting is a regular thing, a priest can be transferred after two, three, four, or more years. It depends on the discretion of the Bishop. That ministry (Adoration Ministry) is his private ministry. It does not belong to the church. Overseeing a parish is a full time job. Overseeing a
ministry is a bigger task. If the church decides to take him somewhere where he’ll
have more time to carry out his ministry, how is it punitive? That should not be the language.”
Ralph went on to say Rev. Fr. Mbaka has done things in the past not acceptable by the church but was never punished. He concluded by saying
“He is supposed to be a missionary. What if the Bishop had closed down the ministry , which is within his power to do? Sometimes,
transfers can be for the good of the priest as something can be going wrong which he*might not be aware of. The Bishop is free to move any priest at any time, it is his
Rev. Fr. Mbaka is to resume immediately at his new Parish in Emene, Our Lady Parish. The priest had earlier described his re-
posting by the church as a “calculated move” to make him suffer.”