By Fred Kiva
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has announced that the Provincial Assembly has declared 2019, Year of Children.
In his Christmas message, Archbishop Ntagali said the Church dedicated 2017 and 2018 to the Family as a starting point to fight evil and enable transformation in society, which he said begins with individuals and families.
“I want to remind you that the Provincial Assembly declared 2019 to be the Year of Children. As we conclude the second Year of the Family, we want to focus next year specifically on children as great gifts that God has given us,” The Archbishop said in his Christmas Message dated December 14.
He noted that children are among the most vulnerable members of society and the challenges they face “reveal to us how so many of Uganda’s problems today are fundamentally spiritual issues.”
The Archbishop said far too many children suffer because of bad decisions by their parents.
“We want to challenge parents to give more time to their children. There are many children who are left on their own or often in the care of maids and teachers. Parents have abdicated to others their God-given role of raising children,” Ntagali Observed.
The Archbishop said many children go to school hungry and end up facing the wrath of teachers for performing poorly simply because they can’t concentrate because of hunger.
He also noted with concern the many cases of defilement that go unreported because many adults prefer to keep it a secret so as not to bring shame to their families.
“This is very bad because it further victimizes the child who has already been a victim of defilement,” he said.
The Archbishop emphasized, “Furthermore, we must continue to speak out against all the ways the UN’s pro-promiscuity, pro-gay, and pro-abortion sexual agenda is trying to infiltrate Uganda, both through re-writing government policies as well as through UN-funded NGO’s.”
“Specifically, we are opposed to incorporating their programme on Comprehensive Sexuality Education into Uganda’s national curriculum. We fully support UJCC’s (Uganda Joint Christian Council’s) efforts to intervene on this matter,” Archbishop said in his message which he wrapped up by sending Christmas greetings to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, First Lady Janet and their entire family and all government leaders and other religious leaders among others.