By Fred Kiva
“We shall be together for better for worse, until death do us part”, these were the vows of newlywed couple, David Bisoborwa and Brenda Kabasaigi, of Bwijanga in Masindi District last week on Saturday, moments before their holy matrimony was cancelled because of the bride’s refusal to take Holy Communion.
The wedding was cancelled by the Main Celebrant Reverend Father Rostico Tinkasimire who is also the Parish Priest Murro Catholic Parish in Bwijanga Sub County, after the bride who is from the Anglican faith refused to take Holy Communion, moments after the couple tied the knot.
Kabasaigi refused Holy Communion even after the groom, who is a catholic had done so, prompting the cancellation of the wedding. The cancellation of the wedding almost at the last minute sent a chill through the entire congregation that had turned up that day to witness the wedding.
After this, the bride and the groom took different directions from the church, as guests and other Christians followed. According to rules in the Catholic Church, the main celebrant has unquestionable powers to overturn a wedding once he deems it necessary, however the case in Masindi is different as this has raised mixed reactions.
A member of the wedding organizing committee who preferred not to be named said, Reverend Father Tinkasimire’s action surprised many, since this was not the first wedding between people of different religions. “The Mugole (bride) was not prepared earlier and given prior knowledge of what will follow next, for her to agree or not. The catholic church wanted the bride to convert without her being prepared,” the source said.
However, Euphrasia Kakuliremu, a catholic faithful apportions blame to the bride for having turned around to refuse Holy Communion, yet she had undergone the penance sacrament.
“As a catholic I very well know that the Reverend Father cannot go ahead to give Holly Communion, without subjecting the Christian to Penance. She (bride) must have agreed to convert during Penance but changed her mind later, prompting Father (Reverend Father) to view her as being unfaithful and thus cancelling the wedding and he has those powers,” Kakuliremu told the Kampala Post.
Another source has raised a different version, saying it could have been a move by the bride’s parents to spoil the marriage by instigating their daughter, because they reportedly didn’t like the husband.