Friday, July 07, 2006

Beware of "Deserters"

That's what one African cardinal's saying:
ANYONE, who after being confirmed in the Catholic Church leaves it to join another, is a deserter, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala [archbishop of Kampala] said on Saturday.

"The sacraments of baptism, eucharist and confirmation are meant to make you a soldier - to witness for Christ. It's like

an army. And the greatest crime in the army, as a soldier, is to become a deserter. In the same way, if you are confirmed in the Catholic Church and then decide to change and go to another church, you are a deserter," Wamala said.

"We hear of adults who have deserted the church. And why is a deserter so dangerous? You don't know why he went, where he has gone and what he is planning to do next. Soldiers should be able to stand on," he added.