Rev. Fr. Didas Kasapuri, the Parish Priest of Uganda Martyrs Parish in Mbarara, has issued a warning to the Catholic faithful in Mbarara City about the presence of fake priests masquerading as legitimate clergy.
In his statement, Fr. Kasapuri expressed worry over the dishonest actions of these imposters and advised parishioners not to fall for their traps.
Those listed were a Hillary, who supposedly organizes prayer meetings at Kamukuzi on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a Kiyemba, who meets at his home in Kakyeeka, Mbarara City, on Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month.
The list also included individuals posing as a Catholic brother, such as Henry and Ambrose, as well as Kimuli Erineo, who has reportedly left the Catholic faith to become a pastor in another religious group.
“Anyone who goes to the residences of the aforementioned individuals and other locations should cease receiving the holy Catholic sacraments and other services. Fr. Kasapuri cautioned, “Anyone who desires church services in their homes should notify the parish priest’s office.”
The warning statement is intended to preserve the authenticity and integrity of Catholic rituals in the area.
Because its traditions are universal, the Roman Catholic Church places a strong emphasis on rigorous adherence to its principles in all jurisdictions.
The parish priest has also temporarily halted all holy pilgrimages outside the diocese in response to these events. This includes travels to revered locations like Kibeho in Rwanda, Bukalango in Kampala, and Kiwamirembe in Wakiso.
Fr. Kasapuri asks anybody who intends to go on such a pilgrimage on their own, including stays overnight and crusades, to inform the parish. This suspension will be in place from November 5, 2023, until December 31, 2023.