By KGR Reporter,
The Catholic Church has warned its followers in various dioceses within the Kampala Archdiocese on the presence of individuals falsely presenting themselves as Bishops and a priest from West Africa.
Over the weekend, photos emerged of some people dressed as Roman Catholic Bishops in Byeyogerere, in Kampala.
According to one parishioner in Byeyogerere, these individuals claimed to be bishops visiting Uganda and attempted to conduct Mass in the area.
Rev. Fr. Joseph Mukiibi, the Communications Director of the Kampala archdiocese, confirmed that they have received a similar report but have no knowledge of any foreign bishop in the province and that the archdiocese has initiated an inquiry into the matter.
Furthermore, Rev. Fr. Mukiibi emphasized that within the Catholic Church, visiting Bishops are required to notify the local ordinary or parish priests in advance before conducting Mass thus, urging the faithful not to attend Mass celebrated by individuals who are unfamiliar with their parish priests.
Rev. Fr. Mukiibi speaking……
A former seminarian, Francis Xervier Luyinda, who was previously discontinued from his studies reemerged as an ordained priest and is said to be active in the Lugazi and Masaka dioceses.
Msgr. Richard Kayondo, the Vicar General of the Lugazi diocese also confirmed that this individual, originally from Masaka, was once a seminarian undergoing training to become a priest of the Lugazi diocese.
He added that Luyinda had completed studies at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary-Katigondo and was soon finishing his theological studies at St. Paul’s National Major Seminary – Kinyamasika. However, despite being on the path to becoming a priest, he was removed from the formation process. Msgr. Kayondo expressed his surprise at the individual’s presence in the diocese, falsely claiming to have been ordained. END