Catholic clergy need prayers, say church leaders

Catholic Church leaders have called on the faithful to pray for God to guide the clergy so that they do not derail in their obligations to the public.

Catholic leaders spoke in separate talks in Lagos amid the recent suspension of James Anelu, the priest in charge of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa, Ikorodu, Lagos.

On Tuesday, the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos suspended Mr Anelu for banning the singing of Igbo songs during Mass in the church.

Onyema Onyemankeya, Catholic Dean of the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), coordinator of the FESTAC section, said that there should be no discrimination in the house of God.

“One thing is certain; as human beings, we are not infallible. The priest’s state of mind at the time of the incident may have been manipulated by the devil to cause disaffection in the church as normally the clergy cannot say that knowing the fellowship and family posture of the church,” Mr. Onyemankeya said.

National President of the Catholic Women’s Organization (CWO), Mary Asibi-Gonsum, said priests’ over-familiarity with the faithful could cause distractions in church management.

“Therefore, there should be no room for discrimination in the house of God, because worship is for God and not for man,” she added.

She called on clergy to draw a line between church principles and the opinions of people in church administration so as not to give room for misconceptions, misinterpretation and misapplication of standards. from the church.

She added that prayer as a key solution to problems should be done so that preachers are above the edge to fulfill their obligations.

Also speaking on the incident, Stephen Nwaiku, Pastoral Council Chairman of Holy Spirit Onireke Catholic Church, Lagos, said the incident has led to discord in other churches.


Jerry B. Hatch