Catholic church issues disclaimer over Igbo songs ban

The Catholic Church in Lagos has disclaimed a parish priest for banning Igbo songs in his church.

Ewu-Owa Gberigbe, the parish priest of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Ikorodu, had reportedly banned Igbo songs during worship.

Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Alfred Martins, in a “disclaimer”, asked Gberigbeto proceed on “an indefinite leave of absence”.

“It has been brought to our notice that Rev Fr James Anelu, the priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa, Ikorodu, made some completely unacceptable comments about Igbo songs being sung in the Church and unsavoury remarks that do not represent the Catholic church’s position on the common brotherhood of peoples of all tribes and religions.

“For this reason, he has been asked to proceed on an indefinite leave of absence to give an opportunity for a thorough investigation of all the matters relating to his ministry on the parish. The leave of absence takes effect from Tuesday, February 8, 2021, till further notice

“We, therefore, urge all Catholic faithful to hold on to the faith and continue in worship of God as one big family united and not separated by language, culture, or race,” said Martins.

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