Retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has asked for forgiveness from the husband of the woman with whom he was involved in an extra-marital affair.
Ntagali, who has since been banned from carrying out priestly duties for allegedly siring a child with the married woman, said his apology is to clear his name before God whom he will face on judgement day.
“I ask Rev Christopher, his wife Judith and the two families to forgive me. I want to focus on eternity because one day I will stand before the Lord to account for my life on earth,” he said.
He was on Thursday speaking at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, as Church of Uganda marks 60 years of self-governance.
Ntagali’s adultery scandal shook the Anglican church at the start of this year.
in a January 13 letter, Church of Uganda Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba notified the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), a breakaway communion of Anglicans over homosexuality, that he had stopped his predecessor from performing sacraments, preaching and or representing the Church of Uganda over the matter.
It later emerged that the woman in the adultery case, Judith Tukamuhebwa, has since filed for divorce at Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court, accusing the husband Christopher Tugumehabwe, a reverend in the Church of Uganda and an academic, cruelty.
Court has referred the matter for mediation, which is pending.
Ntagali recently insisted he was a happy and relaxed man as adultery accusations continued to hover his head.
“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?”
Ntagali was elected Archbishop by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda on June 22, 2012.
He was enthroned as Archbishop on December 16, 2012 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, Kampala.
Ntagali had earlier served as the Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese for eight years.