February 2, Filed under: LettersNational Issues Posted by: OpinionNigeria Dear Father, I write you this letter with all sense of humility and deep respect for you and your calling as a priest of the Holy Mother Church.
By Jude Ndukwe Dear Fr, I write you this letter with all sense of humility and deep respect for you and your calling as a priest of the Holy Mother Church.
This letter has become absolutely necessary owing to your recent political activities which are causing the Church huge embarrassment. As a Catholic myself, I, as other Catholics, are now forced to bear the shame of your recent activities and asked questions about the transfer policies of the Church which ordinarily should not have caused any public inquisition if you had not caused it to be so.
Fr, it is unfortunate that as a priest of the Catholic Church, you have allowed your emotions to take you beyond your allowed limits in partisan politics before, during and after the last elections.
Pray, what is in a transfer of a priest in the Cathoilc Church? You were transferred from one parish to another, an exercise that is a normal routine in the Church, and instead of you to move quickly and quietly as expected, you caused a whole lot of needless hullaballoo and in an attempt to curry public sympathy, made your transfer look like anything but usual in the Church.
The razzmatazz and revelry that graced your movement to your new parish is alien to the Church! You are gradually eroding the very fabric that makes the Catholic Church unique and uncommon among others.
Were you the only priest transferred? Why did other priests not cry to the public about their own transfers?
Did you reach an agreement with the Church on the day of your ordination that you should be exempted from transfers? Fr, you need not be reminded that you are a priest of the Catholic Church and not a pastor of any other denomination.
It is no longer news that priests of the Catholic Church do not belong to themselves but to the Church wholly, fully and entirely, hence, you took an oath of not only obedience to your Local Ordinary, the Bishop, but your oath also included that of poverty.
So, the Bishop exercises his prerogative to transfer any priest serving under him to areas where their services are most needed among other considerations. No priest of the Catholic Church would ever think a particular posting of his would last for too long.
Are you not aware of brother-priests who have been transferred from the comfort of parishes in Nigeria here to remote places even in war-torn and less developed countries like Chad, Sudan, Mali, Sierra-Leone, Burundi etc, some of them in areas so remote cars cannot even get there nor is there electricity, yet, they went in obedience and without noise.
Fr, how is yours supposed to be different?
You complained about the parish house you are to occupy as being too small and by implication, not comfortable for you. The question is, was it not a brother-priest that just used and left there? Fr, from which part of the scripture did you get your reason for complaining?
To describe your transfer as a witch hunt is the most uncharitable comment any priest can make against his bishop especially in public. You own no church and you own no parish. The gifts of the Spirit miracle, healing, prophecy etc which God has blessed you with are not the emphasis of the Church.
The Catholic Church places more emphasis on the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is what ultimately helps a man to make heaven: We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.
There is no ordained priest no matter how gifted that has survived a confrontation with the Church. They go quickly into oblivion soon after while the Church waxes stronger.
Fr, be very careful! You lamented about the assets of the Adoration Ministry and where you were going to keep them since your new parish is too small to contain them.
I understand your concern especially as I am also aware of the enormity of the assets being an archdiocesan official of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria, Abuja, myself. More so, you know that as a Catholic priest, you own nothing! There is no major asset even including a car that you can own without the consent and blessing of your bishop.
This is how the Catholic Church is structured.The Reverend is a courtesy title used when addressing a Christian cleric such as an pastor or priest. It is the standard courtesy title used in Protestant denominations and is one of the ranked courtesy titles used in hierarchical denominations such as Episcopal, Orthodox and Roman Catholic.
Jude Ndukwe: An Open Letter to Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka I write you this letter with all sense of humility and deep respect for you and your calling as a priest of the Holy Mother Church.
Jude Ndukwe pens an open letter to Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka on his recent outburst against his Bishop over his transfer to a rural parish from Enugu township. I write you this letter with all sense of humility and deep respect for you and your calling as a priest of the Holy Mother Church.
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