The Migori ordained Catholic priest Father Paul Ogalo who revolutionized the utterly conservative Catholic preaching methods by introducing rap in his sermons has been suspended by the church.
Popularly referred to as ‘Sweet Paul’ by young Christians who had come to adore his style of preaching,Ogalo was suspended on June 3 for a period of one year.
A disciplinary sitting by the Interdiocesan tribunal of Kisumu headed by the judicial vicar Fr. Charles K’Ochiel suspended the priest for the period to ‘reconsider his ways’.
K’Ochiel who is an authority in canon law (catholic church laws) is quoted saying the conduct of the priest went against the church doctrines and liturgical formation.
The 45-year old priest became a sensation when a video recording of him rapping while clad in priestly robes and a banadana to boot went viral.
Ogalo who had earlier admitted that some Christians were opposed to his liberal approach at the pulpit has defended it saying the church is in the world, therefore, need to conform in the best ways possible.
He says he got distraught when youths got lost in worldly pleasures and at some point even losing their lives while at it. Adding that this realization had him introduce rap music to draw the youth back to church and closer to God.
The move to suspended him has however prompted harsh reactions from Kenyans who feel the decision was ill-advised.