All Africa report: The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has warned Catholics against burdening the newly ordained clergy, saying this would affect their work.
Lwanga said many parishioners ask the clergy for financial assistance, yet they do not earn a salary. "Don't burden these newly-ordained priests and deacons by asking them for school fees," Lwanga said.
The parishioners, he said, should instead contribute to the wellbeing of the clergy who carry out a selfless service. He was speaking at the ordination of priests and deacons at Rubaga Cathedral on Saturday. Nine clergymen were ordained priests, while 11 became deacons.
Speaking on behalf of the newly-ordained priests, the Rev. Father Moses Musooka of Rubaga parish, asked the serving clergy not to look at the new ones as rivals. "In case we make mistakes, do not condemn us. We have not come to usurp your powers, but to serve God's people," he said.