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Uganda’s Ethics Minister Defrocked By Vatican

Jim Burroway

August 28th, 2011

The Ugandan government-aligned New Vision newspaper reports today that Uganda’s new Ethics and Integrity Minister, Fr. Simon Lokodo, is no long a Catholic priest. According to New Vision, Lokodo violated Roman Catholic canon law which forbids priests from holding political office.

The Vatican’s action was slow in coming. Lokodo had long been a parish priest when in 2006 he became a member of Parliament for Dodoth County after his predecessor had passed away. The Ugandan Catholic hierarchy had already criticized his participation in politics, and he was reportedly suspended from his pastoral duties during the election over “a parish administrative glitch.” From 2009 to May, 2011, he served as State Minister for Industry and Technology, and was appointed Ethics Minister after James Nsaba Buturo, an ardent supporter of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, resigned after losing his seat in chaotic party primaries held in late 2010.

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MsRowena
August 28th, 2011 | LINK

Okay, folks, which is more ironic, this guy pretending like he has ethics, or the Catholic church? Oh, the irony is just ringing in my ears!

Mark F.
August 28th, 2011 | LINK

Actually once you are a priest, you are always a priest. Defrocking means you no longer have official permission to perform priestly duties or perform the sacraments.

Timothy (TRiG)
August 29th, 2011 | LINK

Lokodo had been a parish priest for [X years] when in 2006 he became a member of Parliament.

anteros
August 29th, 2011 | LINK

government offered him a package church couldn’t match, he couldn’t resist, broke the rules and ignored the whistles… rode the wave regardless… surely that alone makes his ethics and integrity questionable, a little bit? *sigh* i wish that ministry didn’t exist.

anteros
August 29th, 2011 | LINK

who knows… maybe someday the ministry of ethics and integrity will be launching nationwide campaigns against homophobia.

Didaskalos
August 31st, 2011 | LINK

Are you seeing the “butterball” cenobite here? I am. . .

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