- A Catholic Priest has been reportedly suspended for rapping to congregants
- According to the church, rap was against the doctrine of the church
- The rapper priest raps against social vices mostly involving the youth
A Catholic priest in Kenya, Father Paul Ogallo, has been suspended from leading public mass for a year because he rapped during sermons to advice as well as entertain the congregants.
According to a report sighted on BBC, Father Paul Ogallo, who was nicknamed ‘Sweet Paul’, had to “choose between being a rapper and a priest”.
Bishop Philip Anyolo, of the Homa Bay Diocese in western Kenya, indicated that the sacred and the secular could not mix therefore it was unconventional to use rap in the church.
Bishop Anyolo however indicated that Father Ogallo could use rap and drama to preach to young people but not from the altar.
Father Paul Ogallo became an internet sensation when his story was reported due to his bizarre way of preaching to young people – through rap music.
After mass, Father Ogallo would change from his priest’s robes into his rapper’s outfit of T-shirt and a bandana.
Explaining his alter ego, he told the BBC last month that “Young people call me ‘Sweet Paul’ because I rap sweet”.
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He said he adopted his unconventional style because he wanted young people to be entertained safely at the church, instead of at unsafe venues.
An incident in 2004 when three young people were trampled to death at a music event in Nairobi was what triggered him to venture into rapping
The priest, who was suspended last month, now has a year to think about the seriousness of life as a clergyman, Bishop Anyolo said.
His suspension means he cannot be the main priest during public mass or administer Holy Communion but is allowed to lead private mass.
Father Ogallo is yet to comment on his suspension.
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