The Director of the Social Communications Department of Kampala Archdiocese, Fr Joseph Mukasa Nkeera, has since confirmed the development revealing that the directives were issued during a high-level meeting with the clergy and senior executive committees of parishes at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala this Saturday.
The Kampala Archbishop
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has issued a decree guiding the proper celebration of
Eucharist as well as introducing work contracts for Priests in the new sweeping
changes in the Archdiocese.
The Director of the
Social Communications Department of Kampala Archdiocese, Fr Joseph Mukasa
Nkeera, has since confirmed the development revealing that the directives were
issued during a high-level meeting with the clergy and senior executive
committees of parishes at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala on Saturday.
Fr Nkeera says that
every priest will be required to serve for three years in any given parish,
school or area. From there, his contract can then be renewed for another three
years, after which he will be transferred to another area. He said no priest
will be allowed to serve beyond two three-year terms at a parish.
“Yes, the decision was
made and it is to be implemented effectively,” said Fr Nkeera who however never wanted to
disclose the factors behind the changes. “This is not something new, it has been
the practice in many other areas though it is not popular in Uganda,” he added.
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He adds that the
directive is only limited to Kampala Archdiocese. He further points out that
Christians should not be confused about the jurisdiction of Kampala Archdiocese
with that of the ecclesiastical province of Kampala since the two are
In same the
development, the archbishop has also highlighted that the holy sacrament of
Eucharist which the catholic church honors as one of her most exalted mysteries
have been greatly abused with several rogue practices that have been rather
According to the
communication sent out to all parishes, Archbishop Lwanga in conformity with the
liturgical and canonical norms of the Church which requires him to fend off
abuses in the liturgical life of the Church has issued five decrees noting that
they must be followed with immediate effect.
The decree has made it
illegal to receive the Holy Communion in the hands. Archbishop Lwanga says that
although the church holds the Holy Eucharist in the highest honor, there have
been many reported instances of dishonoring the Eucharist that has been
associated with its reception.
“It is fitting to
return to the more reverent method of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue,”
the Archbishop ordered. In some circumstances, the Catholics more so the
children who have been receiving the Eucharist in hands could instead take it
or part of it to play around with than eating it which is contrary to the
teaching of the church.
The decree further
guides members of the faith who have not been designated as an extraordinary
minister of the communion to stop it, and also halting the celebration of the
Eucharist in a non-sacred place unless grave necessity requires otherwise.
At St Joseph Parish in
Nansana where the document was read amid silence, it was noted that they have
been further guided that Sunday mass will not be conducted in private homes
unless it has been granted so by the parish priest.
“On other days, for
you to have mass celebrated in your home, the head of that home and his family
must receive the Eucharist. Moreover, to avoid scandal, the Eucharist is not to
be celebrated in the homes of people in such a situation,” the laity
publicity read the document quoting the Archbishop.
The directive also
reminds the faithful living in illicit marital cohabitation and those who
persist in any grave and manifest sin, not to receive Holy Communion. He
further warned the priests and deacons who are not properly vested in the
prescribed liturgical vestments to neither concelebrate nor assist the
distribution of Holy Communion.
During the reign of
Pope John Paul II, the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the
Sacraments singled out 28 “grave matters” which put at risk the validity and
dignity of the holiest Eucharist. The 65-page instruction, titled the Sacrament
of Redemption approved by the pontiff pointed out some abuses more so the grave
crimes against the Eucharist are treated as crimes in church law with serious
ecclesiastical penalties attached.