Retired Church of Uganda Archbishop Luke Orombi has said the Church and Anglican Communion are heart broken by actions of his successor, Archbishop Emeritus Stanley Ntagali.
Orombi, speaking about the matter for the first time, said it is a sad moment and the Church is mourning.
“We are mourning and heart broken. This is a sad moment for the church and Anglican Communion,” he told journalists
Orombi was reacting to the Ntagali’s suspension from performing prietly duties for allegedly being involved in an extramarital affair with a married woman.
Ntagali was suspended by the Church of Uganda Archbishop, Dr. Stephen Kaziimba and the suspension was announced in a statement dated January 13, 2021.
Although the matter has cuased a storm in the church of Uganda, the majority of the church leaders are hesitant to comment on the matter.
Orombi handed over the provincial staff, a symbol of spiritual authority to Ntagali at a colourful ceremony held at ST. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe. Orombi declined to say whether since the news broke out, he has reached out to Ntagali for a discussion.
Ever since Ntagali’s suspension became news, sources say Kaziimba has been meeting several individuals to try to calm down the storm caused by the scandal.
Sources indicate Kaziimba was also scheduled to call a crisis meeting of bishops and provincial officials to discuss the matter.
Mbarara City News learnt that Kaziimba’s January 13 letter was in response to the query by the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) about the alleged misdeeds of the retired Archbishop.
Archbishop Kaziimba revealed suspension of his predecessor and explained the reason thst led to the drastic and unprecedented decision by the Church of Uganda.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my predecessor, retired Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has been involved in in an extramarital affair with a married woman, which he has acknowledged. This adultery is a grievous betrayal on many levels. Retired Archbishop has betrayed his Lord and Saviour, his wife and their marriage vows, as well as the faith of many Ugandans and global Christians who looked up to him to live the faith he proclaimed,” Kaziimba’s letter read.
“I want to make it clear that Church of Uganda continues to uphold marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union between one man and one woman. Adultery is is as immoral as Homosexuality and we will not shy away from our commitment to this moral standard,” he said
Kaziimba stated that Ntagali has been informed of the Church’s action of prohibiting him from performing any priestly roles, such as preaching or representing Church of Uganda in any way until further notice