Church of Uganda (CoU) has distanced itself from disgraced former archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s extra marital affair with a married woman, saying he was individually liable for his actions.
“The House of Bishops condemned the Act and acknowledged it as a sin of an individual in the person of Bishop Stanley Ntagali,” CoU said in a statement after a sitting of Bishops at Lweza on the January 28.
“The Church of Christ remains healthy and spotless,” it added.
The church recently suspended Ntagali from holding his priestly functions including preaching, or representing the Church of Uganda in any way after admitting to an affair with Judith Tukamuhebwa.
ChimpReports understands CoU was keen on protecting its image before its 13 million followers.
The Pentecostal churches have previously used such scandals in traditional churches to woo followers.
The CoU said Ntagali committed the sin of adultery which he has admitted in a statement he wrote to the House of Bishops.
“The House upheld the statement made by Archbishop Kaziimba noting that by the statement he made he was implementing a decision that had previously been agreed upon by the House,” CoU said.
Several Bishops had expressed concern over the manner in which Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba handled his predecessor’s sex scandal by washing dirty linen in public without consulting them.
Nevertheless, the House resolved that Bishop Stanley Ntagali be handled in accordance with the Canons of the Church of Uganda.
The House appointed a team to minister to the respective Parties and their family members.
Ntagali recently said his mind was at peace and remained a conqueror.
“I am always a happy man but the devil is a liar. We are more than conquerors in Jesus’ name,” he said.
Quoting Romans 8:31, the retired archbishop added: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”