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Catholics Warned Against Polytheism

Fr. Nsereko emphasizes the commitment of Catholics to Jesus Christ and advises against the practice of attending church while also visiting shrines, urging people to place their trust in the Lord forever.
15 Apr 2024 08:24
Rev. Fr. Joseph Nsereko (Second Left) with others including Bishop Lawrence Mukasa during the celebrations at Nattyoole Parish in Luwero.

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Catholics in the Kasana-Luwero Diocese have received counsel against practicing double standards, specifically attending church during the day and visiting shrines at night. The admonition came from the diocese's first Pastoral Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Joseph Nsereko, who was appointed to the role in 1997 by the late Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the founding Bishop of Kasana-Luwero Diocese. 

Fr. Nsereko currently serves as the Parish Priest of St. Kizito Nattyoole Parish. The call was reiterated by Rt. Rev. Lawrence Mukasa, Bishop of Kasana-Luwero Diocese, during his homily at Mass for Fr. Nsereko's Priestly Golden Jubilee festivities at St. Kizito Nattyoole Parish.  

Fr. Nsereko emphasizes the commitment of Catholics to Jesus Christ and advises against the practice of attending church while also visiting shrines, urging people to place their trust in the Lord forever.   He further urged priests to prioritize service over personal security, emphasizing the importance of faithfulness and exemplary service.

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In January 2024, Bishop Mukasa expressed concerns about witchcraft tendencies affecting the work of Catechists in the diocese. Despite having over 400 Catechists serving in all 21 parishes and more than 300 sub-parishes across Luwero, Nakaseke, and Nakasongola districts, some have failed in their roles.    

Bishop Mukasa criticized those who engage in witchcraft while claiming to serve God, labeling it as a double standard. He emphasized the need for Catechists to remain steadfast in their faith and serve as role models.  Witchcraft tendencies have long been a concern in the area, with Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere of Kampala Archdiocese expressing worry about the prevalence of shrines outnumbering churches and mosques in Kamira Catholic Parish.  

Many Christians were observed attending churches during the day and visiting shrines at night, prompting concerns about loyalty to the faith. Herbert Mutyaba, Chairman of 'Uganda N'eddagala Lyayo' Luwero branch, declined to disclose the number of shrines under his control in Kamira Catholic Parish and the district, citing confidentiality.   

However, he emphasized that as traditional herbalists, they do not restrict their clients from attending church, asserting people's freedom to make their own choices. In 2013, former Luwero District Police Commander Samuel Bamuzibire highlighted combating witchcraft as a significant challenge during his tenure. Many cases reported in the district were linked to witchcraft, resulting in incidents of mob justice, murder, and attempted murder. 

Bamuzibire noted a surge in such cases since assuming office in December 2009, indicating the prevalence of witchcraft-related issues in the region.