He is “the visible source and foundation of unity” in the Diocese of Enugu, he says, and citing Can. 392, highlights his mandate “to exercise vigilance so that abuses do not creep into ecclesiastical discipline especially in what pertains to the ministry of the word, the sacraments, sacramentals and worship of God.”
Apart from decreeing that Adoration Ministry Enugu takes the status of a chaplaincy, Bishop Onaga gives nine other directives and guidelines aimed “to safeguard the integrity of the Church and forestall future abuses in the Adoration Ministry, and as necessary conditions for the existence of the Ministry.”
Henceforth, he says as his first decree, “Christ in the Blessed Sacrament must remain at the centre of worship and not personality cult.”
“Since Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the faithful must be taught to be truthful by word and example,” Bishop Onaga decrees, and continues in what is his third decree, “The use of dialogue and prayer, instead of violence, revenge or exchange of words, should be employed in the face of challenges and difficulties in the Adoration Ministry.”
He further decrees that Fr. Mbaka, as the Chaplain, and members of the Adoration Ministry “abide by the teaching and discipline of the Catholic Church as well as its ecclesiastical governance.”
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“Administration of sacraments should be preceded by proper preparation and documentation. The teaching of catechism must be made compulsory,” Bishop Onaga has also decreed.
In the letter he has co-signed with the Diocesan Secretary/Chancellor, Fr. Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie, Bishop Onaga adds, as a separate decree, “The Diocesan Bishop shall go on Pastoral Visit from time to time to the Adoration Ministry as is the case with Parishes, in order to assess their spiritual growth.”
Non-Catholics are prohibited from taking up liturgical roles at Adoration Ministry, the Nigerian Bishop directs, and further decrees, “Effort must be made to nourish the spiritual and moral life of attendees and not just their mundane desires.”
“There shall be no partisan politics either by way of active engagement or by prophetic naming of candidates for positions of power,” Bishop Onaga decrees, and adds in reference to Can. 287, “Priests are forbidden from taking part in any form of partisan politics.”
“I order that these guidelines and decree be faithfully observed in accordance with the universal and particular law and the custom of our diocese, anything to the contrary notwithstanding, even if worthy of special mention,” the 62-year-old Bishop who has been at the helm of Enugu Diocese since May 2009 states.