By Felix Tumwesigye
Kabale catholic diocese has excommunicated 8 Christians in the from the reception of sacraments for being members of Marian Workers Movement, a prohibited and banned Lay Apostolate Association in Kabale diocese.
According to a canonical document of which our reporter has a copy signed by the Kabale diocese Bishop Rt Rev Callist Rubaramira and the chancellor Kabale diocese Rev. Fr.Lucian Twinamatsiko, the suspended people are Vincent Byabamazima and Ben Arineitwe from Kitanga parish Kabale diocese, Rosette Kiconco, Aarone Buzaare, Felix Barigye and Francis Byaruhanga from Christ the King parish Kabale and Credonin Tindikyeitira from Rushoroza parish.
According to the letter dated 24th January, Bishop Rubaramira warned the suspended members and asked them to distance themselves from the Marians in writing, informing them that their Association was prohibited and not recognized in the diocese adding that the diocese only recognizes 17 Lay Apostolate Associations or Movements.
In the latter, the listed recognized associations and Lay Apostolate Movements by the diocese include the Legion of Mary, Catholic Charasmatic Renewal, St Jude Thaddeus Association, Eucharistic Crusaders, Xaverian Movement, Holy Family, Praying for the Souls in Purgatory, Catholic Women’s Association, Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, Catholic Students Associatio, Young Christian Students, Uganda Martyrs Guild, Holy Childhood, Kolping Society, Focolare Movement, Catholic Scouts ad Catholic Men Association only.
In the same letter, the Bishop also noted that no catholic or pastoral agent in the dioceses should be linked with the Bakaiso Movement another illegal movement allegedly operating in the diocese referring to the two groups as illegal and banned movements in the Catholic Church in Uganda.
Now in a letter dated July 3rd 2019 Bishop Rubaramira Excommunicated the 8 members for failing to respond to his warning and operating against the Canon Law 1389 §1.
Canon Law 1389 §1 states that a person who abuses ecclesiastical power or an office, is to be punished according to the gravity of the act or the omission, not excluding by deprivation of the office, unless a penalty for that abuse is already established by law or precept.
Bishop Rubaramira says the 8 are suspended from receiving all the sacraments in the Catholic Diocese of Kabale till there is proof for repentance through a written document from the offenders.
Announcing the penalty at Christ the King Church in Kabale municipality during the second mass today, a teacher at St Adrian Seminary Rubanda Rev. Fr Mathias Kwehangana faulted the Marians for disobeying the orders of the Catholic Church in Uganda and for misleading some Christians.