The Catholic Church in Kenya has suspended one of its priests who uses rap music to preach in church.
Rev. Father Paul Ogalo of St. Monica Catholic Church in Rapogi, Migori County burst into limelight for rapping as a way of preaching the gospel. The Homa Bay Diocese suspended him on June 3 for alleged misconduct.
Church officials said the one year suspension is expected to help the 45-year-old priest “reconsider his manner of preaching”
In a recent interview, Fr. Ogalo who liked entertaining his congregation with rap music, said: “I use the rap music to bring … youths to the church. Thereafter, I bring them to Christ”.
He added that he uses rap music to persuade young people to shun drugs and instead turn their attention to environmental and social justice issues.
Bishop Philip Anyolo, who heads the Homa Bay Diocese, said the priest has been suspended from public liturgical activities “because the use of rap music in preaching is not allowed.”
“We have just stopped him from preaching using rap to accord him time to change his ways,” said Bishop Anyolo who explained to Kenya’s Daily Nation that Fr. Ogalo has not been barred from attending church services.
— Nation Africa (@NationAfrica) June 25, 2018