Daily Monitor reports that Reverend Paul Ogalo of St. Monica Catholic Church in Rapogi, Migori County, southwest of Nairobi, was suspended by the Diocese of Homa Bay for improper conduct. Charles Kochiel, judicial vicar of the inter-diocesan court of Kisumu, confirmed the priest’s suspension.
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Bishop Philip Anyolo, who heads the diocese of Homa Bay, said the priest was suspended from public liturgical activities.
“It is true that the church took a disciplinary action against him. It was suspended because the use of rap music during preaching is not allowed. “
However, he stressed that Father Ogalo could attend religious services.
“We just stopped him from preaching using rap to give him time to change his habits. “
The priest’s suspension sparked a strong reaction on social media. While some netizens support the church’s decision, others say it was too harsh, saying it could push young people to flee the church.
“The Catholic Church is known to be … conservative in its doctrines, the priest was wrong to introduce rap at Mass,” wrote Mulama on his Facebook account.
“The church should allow Father Ogalo to use rap to bring, and attract more followers, young people listen better through rap because normal preaching is boring,” wrote another surfer.