Rapping priest suspended by Catholic Church

Father Paul Ogalo performs rap songs about drug abuse, food insecurity, and the environment at St. Monica Church in Rapogi, Kenya, May 6. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Father Paul Ogallo of St. Monica Catholic Church has been suspended for a year for an allegation of misconduct.

The Catholic father had made headlines for preaching the gospel in rap style.

The 45-year-old christened Father Masaa or Sweet Paul claimed that he uses his rap style to urge the youth to shun from drug abuse and engage in environmental and social justice affairs.

Father Charles Kochiel, the Judicial Vicar of the inter-diocesan tribunal of the Archdiocese of Kisumu confirmed the suspension of Father Ogola.

“We have suspended him for a year to give him time to reconsider his ways…every institution has its own code of conduct.” Father Kochiel told the media.

Father Paul liked entertaining his congregation with rap music, which he said he uses to urge the youth to abandon the “evil deeds of the world and turn to Christ.

His suspension has elicited sharp reactions from Kenyan who found his way of preaching a creative way to integrate the youth into the Catholic church which has for long been considered as “rigid” when it comes to religious traditions.