Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ntagali Has Moral, Eccelesiastical Authority Over West Ankole Diocese

From Uganda-

I read with interest the submission by some Clergy and Christians in West Ankole Diocese accusing the Archbishop of the Church of the province of Uganda for unlawful takeover of their Diocese (Daily Monitor, October 12).

As a mature ordained Christian, well wisher and former provincial Secretary of the Church of the province of Uganda, allow me to state that the Archbishop has the moral and ecclesiastical authority to take over the episcopal jurisdiction of any diocese in the event of a vacancy in a Diocese like West Ankole , in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Church of the province of Uganda.

Article 9(a) of the Provincial Constitution 1972 as amended in 1994, gives powers to the Archbishop to exercise general Pastoral care, leadership, supervision and discipline over the whole province.

Article 9(d) authorises him to visit officially any diocese of the province, whether at the invitation of the Bishop or of his own initiative and therefore overseeing west Ankole is not his choice but a Constitutional mandate.

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