A retired archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda has been banned from carrying out priestly duties after an alleged extra-marital affair with a married woman.
Archbishop emeritus Stanley Ntagali is accused of siring a child with the said woman last year.
While suspending him, Ntagali’s predecessor Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu said that he “has betrayed his Lord and Saviour, his wife and their marriage vows, as well as the faith of many Ugandans and global Christians.”
“I have informed retired Archbishop Ntagali that he is not permitted to function sacramentally, preach or represent the Church of Uganda in any way until further notice,” said Mugalu in a statement on January 13.
Archbishop Kaziimba insists the Church of Uganda upholds marriage as a lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman. Kaziimba says that adultery is as grave as homosexuality, and the church will not shy away from calling out bad behaviour in society.
The retired man of the cloth, in a tweet on Wednesday, acknowledged that indeed he had an illicit affair, begging for forgiveness.
“I would like to apologise for my actions as we all know we live in bodies that are prone to sin but as the bible teaches forgiveness, it is in these trying times that we (Church of Uganda) must walk the talk.
“I apologise to my family, the church of Uganda, the whole Christian fraternity and most importantly repent to the most high. Nothing can be done to account for or takeaway this but the blood of Christ. I’m sorry Uganda Forgive me God,” said Ntagali.
Ntagali retired in March 2020, after serving the church for 43 years.