The Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, Rev. Fr. James Anelu, has been “suspended” for prohibiting Igbo songs and choruses in his parish.
According to report, the Priest angrily stopped a soul lifting chorus during the second collection and said that Igbos cannot keep dominating other people even in his Church. He sighted the case of his Benin Diocese where Igbos dominate to the point of becoming the Bishop in person of Akubueze.
Rev. Fr. James Anelu was also reported to have said that the spirit of God in any place recognizes only languages indigenous to that geographical location.
It was gathered that the entire congregation, as a result of what he said, went up in tumultuous uproar, leading to abrupt dismissal as people massively walked out of the Mass.
Consequently, the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Alfred Martins, in a “disclaimer”, directed the priest to proceed on “an indefinite leave of absence”.
Read the letter below;
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