Following the numerous rumors that was running in the media about the Bukalango famous Reverent Father, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala has indefinitely suspended one of its priests Fr. Jacinto Kibuuka over indiscipline.
.Fr. Kibuuka who after falling out with the church leadership in Kampala decided to establish his own Church named Mamre Prayer Center, has been stripped of his canonical status.
According to the Kampala Archbishop Charles Kizito Lwanga said, “He is forbidden from performing any acts of governance in the Catholic Church anywhere in the country.”
The church also withdrew all of Fr Kibuuka’s faculties accorded to him including the celebration of Sacraments, preaching the word of God and pastoral care of the faithful.
“He has been at the center of a number of controversies that pitted him against the church leadership over the several months and his defiant response to the numerous cautions by his seniors is what had prompted the unprecedented decision to expunge him” said Bishop Lwanga.
Bishop Lwanga stated that Fr. Kibuuka had misused his claimed “healing powers” and decided to go against the church obligations, which have to be guided by the Holy Scriptures and the canonical laws.
“It is therefore with regret that we wish to inform the general public that after several months of tedious pastoral and canonical attempts to salvage the situation, we have been obliged to suspend Rev Fr Jacinto Kivbuuka from the Roman Catholic Priestly ministry,” said Lwanga.
Kibuuka was over the past one year all over the media being accused of sexually harassing a young girl. Police investigations and a magistrates’ court trail however, wound in his favor and the case was thrown out of the court last week.
Earlier in 2014, Kibuuka came to the limelight when he was transferred to Bukalango, following reports that his style of preaching was unconventionally “Pentecostal” in nature.”
Early in March, Fr Kibuuka was put on an administrative leave, pending investigation of his matters by the Church tribunal. He was also transferred to a new residence in Ggoli Parish.
“However in blatant disregard of the penal remedy, Kibuuka wrote back vowing to continue with the public ministry and refused to go to Ggoli”
After the tribunal wrote again to him explaining its decision, he apologized and asked to present his side of the story, which opportunity was granted to him, but according to Bishop Lwanga, this didn’t change his insubordination attitude.
Early this week on July 11th, he was offered another chance to be heard and this time he did not show up, which triggered the decision to suspend him.