6 July 2006

Uganda: Wamala Warns Catholic Deserters

Kampala — ANYONE, who after being confirmed in the Catholic Church leaves it to join another, is a deserter, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala said on Saturday.

"The sacraments of baptism, eucharist and confirmation are meant to make you a soldier - to witness for Christ. It's like

an army. And the greatest crime in the army, as a soldier, is to become a deserter. In the same way, if you are confirmed in the Catholic Church and then decide to change and go to another church, you are a deserter," Wamala said.

"We hear of adults who have deserted the church. And why is a deserter so dangerous? You don't know why he went, where he has gone and what he is planning to do next. Soldiers should be able to stand on," he added.

Wamala was preaching at the School Day celebrations for Uganda Martyrs S.S Namugongo.

The Cardinal also inaugurated the school's new board chaired by Fr. Gerald Kalumba.

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