Aba, 24 September, 2021 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Nigeria’s Aba Diocese has announced a “temporary moratorium” on the ordinary functioning of the Congregation of Christ the Emmanuel (CCE), a Public Faithful Association founded by a Nigerian Catholic Priest.
In a letter addressed to CCE founder, Fr. John Okoro Egbulefu, the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Aba highlights seven changes that are part of the “temporary” suspension, specifies the duration of the suspension, and, in some cases, provides justifications for the action on CCE whose members are known as the Emmanuelites.
“All public activities of the Association should be put on hold temporarily at least for a period of two years till the association is fully erected as an Institute of Diocesan Right,” the leadership of the Nigerian Diocese says in the letter signed by the Local Ordinary, Bishop Augustine Ndubueze Echema, and the Secretary/Chancellor, Fr. Godswill E. Ejeh.
The Emmanuelite Junior Seminary, an institution of CCE “can exist as an independent secondary school and not a minor seminary,” the leadership of the Nigerian Diocese further states.
The admission of candidates to CCE Novitiate and higher levels of Seminary formation is also suspended “till further notice.”