By; Jjunju Francis
The Uganda Episcopal Conference UEC has distanced its self from the upcoming consecration of the self-excommunicated Priest Kibuuka Jacinto to the position of a Bishop is not part of the Catholic Church.
In a statement signed by the Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference Archbishop John Baptist Odama, Fr. Kibuuka who first claimed to be part of the Antiochian Eastern Catholic Church which is in communion with Pope Francis and at the same time to be part of the Antiochian Orthodox Church which is led by His Beatitude John X (Yazigi) successor of His Beatitude Ignatius IV was confusing.
So far it is clear that Fr. Kibuuka does don’t belong to the Antiochian Eastern Catholic Church (presided over by His Beatitude Moran Mor Ignatius Joseph III Jonan) which is recognized by the Catholic Church since he did not seek permission from Pope Francis to cross over to any Eastern Catholic Church as stipulated in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, canon 112, § 1, 1.
He adds that as far as the validity and authenticity of Episcopal Consecrations in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are concerned, the apostolic lineage or succession is of paramount value which originates from the 12 Apostles to the current Bishops in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.
This lineage doesn’t exist in Evangelical Orthodox Church and challenged Kibuuka and his group to prove with documentation from the Antiochian Orthodox Patriarch the claims that one of the Evangelical Orthodox Church Bishops was consecrated in the Apostolic lineage within the Antiochian Orthodox Church.
They have faulted the liturgy organized by Fr. Kibuuka and his group on, that it does to fall to the Roman rite , reminding the public not to be part of the his functions.