the Bishop Paul Ssemwogere has today (25 January) officially been installed as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala in Uganda, replacing the late Archbishop Cyprien Kizito Lwangadied in April last year
In the past, Ssemwogerere has spoken out against homosexuality, but has not focused on this issue since he was chosen to become archbishop.
In 2016, as a prominent church leader, Ssemwogerere campaigned against a proposed sex education curriculum for Ugandan schools, alleging it promoted homosexuality, which he described as contrary to the nature and teachings of the church. The program was pushed by international donors, he said.
“Donors bring money; now, this program that they brought teaches homosexuality to our children. It is now present in 100 schools. Please parents; it is your responsibility to teach children sex education properly,” he said. in the Uganda Observer
Today’s ceremony was led by the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, His Excellency Bishop Bianco Luigme, catholic radio Radio Maria reported. The installation was attended by a variety of officials from different spheres of life. Several archbishops, bishops, priests, nuns, special guests and hundreds of other Christians attended the ceremony at the packed Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala.
Ssemwogerere’s confirmation was certified in a letter from Italy which was read before the congregation.
The Catholic Church in Uganda is an important institution for the welfare of the people, with many health, education and other vital services falling under the church. Some LGBT activists fear that faith-based services that discriminate against gay people put them at increased risk of poor health. (For an analysis of the role of faith-based healthcare in Uganda, see the 2019 article “Fear: If not chained down, faith-based biases would crush LGBT medical care”.)
The Archbishop of Kampala is responsible for the leadership of all Catholic churches in one of Uganda’s four ecclesiastical provinces. As Uganda’s political and business leader for the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Kampala is influential in the spiritual, political and social development of not only the Kampala region, but Uganda as a whole.
Ssemwogerere had previously been bishop of Diocese of Kasana-Luweeroabout 60 kilometers north of Kampala.