By Vision Reporter
HIS Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, presiding over celebrations to mark 120 years of Nsambya Catholic Parish on Sunday, called upon the faithful to eschew sexual immorality, telling them “you were not created to use condoms”.
In a homily, replete with biblical allusions, the Cardinal, also Emeritus Archbishop of Kampala, stressed the importance of life, and the need for Christians to give ultimate value to this very precious gift from God.
“We know how it (HIV/AIDS) is transmitted. We know how it can be avoided. HIV/AIDS is not contracted like we contract flu. It can be avoided,” said the Cardinal to hundreds of faithful attending the celebrations.
“God sent his Son, Jesus, so that we may have life, and have it to the full. But when we engage in sexual promiscuity and contract avoidable diseases and abort, kill innocent babies, we are living short of what God intended for us. You were not created to use condoms.”
Statistics show that over 1.6 million people in Uganda are living with HIV. They show that the virus is common among the married, adolescent girls and most-at-risk populations, including fisher folks, prostitutes and long-distance truck drivers.
Using of condoms is one of the strategies the Government is fast-tracking in the fight against HIV.
The Cardinal called for transparency and faithfulness in families to have peace. He preached against corruption, domestic violence, and child abuse.
The Rev. Fr. Christopher Kiwanuka, the Parish Priest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Nsambya, called on the laity to express willingness and exercise determination when executing God’s work.
He said that the Nsambya Catholic Parish, started 120 years ago by the Mill Hill Missionaries, had grown and produced lots of fruit.
The Parish, named after Saint Peter, who is the first Pontiff according to Catholic tradition, is mother to lots other Catholic Churches in Kampala, including the Catholic Church in Kisugu and Muyenga, among others.
He called on the parishioners to continue working together to consolidate the Church’s achievements, among which are the many Catholic founded schools and health center’s in the Kampala suburb.
During the prayers, His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala joined five couples in Holy Matrimony.
There were song and dance performances from the choir. The Cardinal led the clergy to the cutting of the cake ceremony. After, there was a buffet.