By Abraham Kizza
Recently Consecrated Bishop of the Evangelical Orthodox Church for Central and Eastern Uganda Jacinto Kibuuka has dimmed the hopes of some ladies who had started to look at him with the interest of starting a romantic relationship that would lead to marriage with him.
Bishop Kibuuka said that they should stop it because he has no time for marriage adding that the only time he has is for serving God fully. He noted that marriage would limit his time to serve the Lord.
The leader of Mamre Prayer Centre located in Janda-Namugongo said he will never marry despite rumors that he was now searching for a life partner.
Kibuuka said this while celebrating the divine liturgy of thanksgiving at his church saying that although he was given freedom either to marry or not, he will remain celibate for the rest of his life.
“It’s true in the evangelical orthodox Catholic Church, priests are at liberty to marry but I Kibuuka am not going to marry because I will and do not have time for women," he said.
He added that this is because St. Paul in the Letter he wrote to the Corinthians, advised priests to choose whether to marry or not but emphasized that it would be better to serve God the way they were called.
Basing on this fact, Kibuuka said that since he was called while he was a celibate, he will continue to live that way for the rest of his life in order to serve God as he was called.
"I decided to serve the Lord in all my life and I will give in my all towards the same and serving His people,” said Kibuuka.
On November 12, 2017, while being consecrated Bishop of the Evangelical Orthodox Church for Central and Eastern Uganda at Mamre Prayer Centre, the Chief Consecrator and National Evangelical leader, Bishop Thomas Kiiza Sibayirwa while citing the biblical verse about the qualities of a bishop told Kibuuka that he is at liberty to marry if he wishes so since in their faith, it is a priest’s choice to either marry or live a celibate life.
“In our faith, we don’t make celibacy vows because we believe in Holy matrimony and having families. Now, Bishop Kibuuka, you are free to decide on the life style you prefer to stay in for the rest of your life,” said Bp. Kiiza.
The charismatic catholic priest who was initially preaching at St Sion Prayer Centre, Bukalango, was last year suspended from Catholic Church by Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala for being ‘disobedient.’