By Abraham Kizza
Kampala Archdiocese Archbishop, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has welcomed back a catholic Priest who is also a charismatic gospel artiste Fr Anthony Musaala and his colleague Fr. Deogratius Ssonko back to the Catholic Church.
This was done during Chrism Mass, led by Archbishop Lwanga held at Rubaga Cathedral on Thursday.
“I want to inform you that God has responded to one of the prayer requests that I asked from Him when we were starting this Lent. Our colleagues who had divorced; Fr. Musaala and Fr. Ssonko, decided to come back home without me forcing them,” Archbishop Lwanga said.
Amidst applause from the congregation, Archbishop Lwanga said: “We welcome you with a lot of joy.”
This followed both priests’ submission and asking for forgiveness from the church, Christians and Archbishop during the mass.
The church had suspended Father Musaala over preaching a non-conventional doctrine.
In October last year, Farther Musaala revealed his plans to reconcile with the mainstream church while at Christ the King Cathedral, Kampala.
Fr Anthony Musala had quit the Catholic Church and joined the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic church where as in July 2016, Fr. Deogratius Ssonko, together with Fr Jacinto Kibuuka publicly quit the Catholic church and joined the Evangelical Orthodox Church.
Archbishop Lwanga suspended Fr. Anthony Musaala in March 2013 for authoring a document criticizing Catholic Church colleagues in Uganda, accusing them of sexual crimes among others.
In a statement that suspended Father Musaala, Archbishop Lwanga noted that “As per now, after the acceptance of Fr. Musaala that he authored this document, the law prescribed by the Church in can. 1369 takes its course. This law states that: “A person is to be punished with a just penalty, who, at a public event or assembly, or in a published writing, or by otherwise using the means of social communication, utters blasphemy, or gravely harms public morals, or rails at or excites hatred of or contempt for religion or the Church.”
The statement added “This means therefore that Fr. Musaala because of the publication of his article in the public media which damages good morals of Catholic believers and further expresses a wrong teaching against the Catholic Church’s teaching and that this stirs up hatred and contempt against the Church, he incurs a Ferendae sententiae penalty as prescribed by Can.1314. This means that Father Anthony Musaala is suspended from celebrating sacraments and sacramentals, from the powers of governance in accordance to the law of the Church Can.1335 and1336§1n.1, 2and3 as investigations are being carried on.”