By Matthew Okello
The Archbishop of Tororo Archdiocese, His Grace Dr. Emmanuel Obbo on Saturday ordained three Deacons in a ceremony that took place at the Archdiocese headquarters in Uganda Martyrs cathedral Nyangole.
The ordained Deacons into Priests are Jude Thadeus Friday born in 27 August I993 and his home parish is St. Francis Xavier Dabani, Deacon Moris Natule born on 30 September 1995 and hails from St. Agustine of Hippo catholic parish Situmi and Deacon Valeriano Ochwo born on 9 August 1993 from St. Kizito parish Paya.
The two prelates of Tororo diocese that include Moris Natule and Jude Thadeus Friday were immediately posted to Najetti parish in Palisa and St. James Apostle parish Kapchrowa respectively whereas Deacon Valeriano Ochwo under the Mill Hill missionaries is headed to Philippine to start his work.
While ordaining the prelates, Archbishop Obbo condemned the act of attacking priests noting that they are humans and if one has any issue with a priest, it’s better to talk to him than getting a stick and you start chasing him.
The Archbishop noted that there is nobody who can resist brotherly advice including him despite the magnitude of truth arguing that it irritates to see a priest attacked and beaten instead of advising them.
He instead asked the faithful to welcome the priests in their homes instead of beating to avoid attracting curses from God.
The archbishop also used the occasion to throw his weight behind the Alcoholic drinks control bill 2023 that he says will not only bring order amongst Christians but also the clergymen.
Speaking on the same occasion, the Tororo LCV chairperson John Okea who claimed he wanted to be a priest, equally condemned the attacks on father Pius Omitta in Morukiswa where he hails from.
The chairperson said that the attack of father Omitta was a sign of poor parenting in the area asking Christians to desist from the behavior.
The state minister for defence, Jacob Markson Oboth said that he respects priests because they undergo a rigorous process before being ordained hence calling upon them to use their strong knowledge to rally the people out of poverty.
He also expressed disappointment with the transfer of priests, noting that other priests transferred had exhibited high levels of cooperation with the leaders which had started triggering development.
The Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mary Goretti Kitutu asked the church to pray for the leaders but also asked them to use their pulpits to send government messages to the populace.