TEREGO. The metropolitan Archbishop of Gulu ecclesiastical province his Grace John Baptist Odama on Thursday called on the clergy and the laity in Arua Catholic diocese to reconcile and fulfil the will of the fallen priest Fr Cyril Nakari Adiga.
The archbishop said Fr Adiga passed this message during the reconciliatory meeting with Arua catholic diocese on 9th November 2020 in which he was reinstated after being suspended from performing pastoral duties for more than four years.
Trouble started in the diocese four years ago when the deceased and some four other priests were accused by bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki of holding secret meetings intended to harm him and being disobedient while they also accused the bishop of financial mismanagement and intolerance to criticism. But the bishop denied all the allegations.
The archbishop was addressing mourners in Otumbari primary school in Odupi sub-county in Terego district during the burial of Fr. Adiga.
“When that comes true, the priests are reconciled; the priests have helped the religious to reconcile, and you are also taking courage to reconcile one another, I want now the priests, the religious and you laity, you need now as the church in Arua diocese to reconcile, that is a big homework which is a big order”, His grace Odama outlined.
He said the bishop of Arua diocese received the message willingly after registering change in the life of the deceased after their reconciliation meeting at Christus Centre.
“From that moment Fr. Cyril has been different, he reconciled with God, church and his bishop; if you understand Christianity you will appreciate it. Christianity is about forgiveness and reconciliation; let no one be left behind in this reconciliation process,” bishop Odoki implored.
The bishop said Fr Adiga was happy for his reconciliation with the church and sad with his colleagues who are adamant.
“So I want to say Fr. Cyril has died a holy death, he is leaving a very good message about reconciliation,” Bishop Odoki stressed.
Mr Kassiano Wadri Ezati, the Member of Parliament for Arua central called the church in the diocese to learn from taking long to forgive one another in case of weaknesses because suspension of Fr. Adiga caused him to suffer from trauma.
The brother of the deceased Mr Wilson Wibale said the family was indebted to the church over reinstating the deceased unconditionally before his demise.
“We thought he was going to die as an ordinary person but thank you the archbishop for doing mediation to reinstate him, I felt the family was cheated when my brother was suspended, I became emotional and I protested by praying once on Easter in a year in St. Philip's Anglican parish Arua to protest suspension of my brother,” Wibale stated.
The family also forgave all the people who conflicted with the deceased.
We are in deep pain, we would like to forgive the institutions and persons who mistreated him to die in the hands of lay Christians. We are not making a sensational speech but to stand on truth, have amicable ways of resolving religious misunderstandings” Wibale recommended.
The chairperson priests association in the diocese Fr. Pius Yobuta commended the main celebrant for his skills of counselling and thanked the bishop for accepting reconciliation.
Fr Adiga, who has been University Secretary Nile University Campus, an affiliate of Uganda Martyrs University and Chairman Board of Directors Bishop Drandua Foundation, died at Arua regional referral hospital on Sunday 31st January 2020.