Retired Archbishop likely to face ex-communication

The retired Archbishop was suspended from performing priestly duties after pleading guilty for getting involved in an extra-marital affair with a married woman.

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The Church of Uganda House of Bishops has resolved to have the retired Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, handled by a tribunal in accordance with the Canons of the Church.

The Church of Uganda Provincial Secretary, Rev. Canon William Ongeng revealed that the possible punishments in case the Tribunal finds one guilty, range from exoneration to Ex-communication. In between the two, are also Admonition, Censure and Deprivation.

Ongeng however noted; “since Ntagali has already pleaded guilty, it could act as a mitigating factor to help him survive ex-communication. Upon the conclusion of the trial and passing of Sentence, the Chair of the Tribunal shall forward the judgement to the Archbishop for the attention of the House of Bishops within a period- not exceeding fourteen days.”

The Archbishop will then be mandated to make known the sentence to the Church of Uganda as a whole.

The retired Archbishop was suspended from performing priestly duties after pleading guilty for getting involved in an extra-marital affair with a married woman.

Ntagali’s suspension was confirmed in a January 13 letter by Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu to the Anglican Bishops under the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON).

The letter read in part: “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my predecessor, retired Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, has been involved in an extra-marital affair with a married woman, which he has acknowledged. This adultery is a grievous betrayal on many levels. Retired Archbishop Ntagali has betrayed his Lord and Saviour, his wife and their marriage vows, as well as the faith of many Ugandans and global Christians who looked to him to live the faith he proclaimed.”

Ntagali, 65, served as 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and handed over office to Kaziimba on March 1, 2020 after clocking the retirement age. While serving as Archbishop, Ntagali was also the Bishop of Kampala and earlier served as Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese from 2004 to 2012.