The Roman Catholic Church has taken a back seat in the activities of the Bible Society of Uganda, leaving Church of Uganda to take the lead.
The reluctance of the Roman Catholic Church towards the activities of the Bible Society of Uganda was evident during its general assembly held on Friday. More than 95 percent of the attendees were Anglicans.
According to the Bible Society of Uganda records, only three Roman Catholic Churches contributed to the Bible Society of Uganda in 2017 yet Anglican churches contributed in tens.
The Roman Catholic Churches, which contributed last year, are Fort portal Diocese Shilling 500,000, St Charles Lwanga Ntinda Parish Shillings 1.1 million and Uganda Martyrs Parish Namugongo Shillings1.6 million.
The Anglicans contributed Shillings 110 million to the Bible Society of Uganda, It's because of this reason that the Anglicans were recognized and awarded for their contribution during the general assembly.
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Asked why the Roman Catholic Church has taken a back seat in the activities and initiatives of Uganda Bible Society, the Secretary General Simon Peter Mukhama, said some of the bibles printed by the Uganda Bible Society don't have deuterocanonical books including Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), Baruch, Maccabees, Esther, Daniel, Song of the Three Young Men), and some chapters in the book of Daniel.
The Roman Catholic Church considers these books to be canonical parts of the Old Testament but they are disregarded by the Anglican Church.
Mukhama said the Bible Society of Uganda is working with the Roman Catholic Church to ensure that the books are added to the bibles that they print and sale.
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He said the Chairperson of Uganda Episcopal Conference, Bishop John Baptist Odama is the Vice President of Bible Society of Uganda Board of Directors and Archbishop Paul Bakyenga of Mbaraa Archdiocese is a member of board of trustees.
The Bible Society of Uganda is a Christian non-governmental organization, which serves churches and the Ugandans by translating the Bible into languages that people understand best.
Its membership includes; Church of Uganda, Roman Catholic Church, Seventh Adventist Church, Uganda Orthodox Church and a number of Pentecostal churches.