ARCHBISHOP LWANGA: Why Bishop Semogerere is the next Kampala Archbishop

By Spy Reporter

On Thursday, the Pope’s representative in Uganda, Bianca Luigi, named Kasana-Luwero bishop, Bishop Paul Semogerere as an administrator of the Archbishop of the Diocese of Kampala, replacing fallen Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

However, whereas the latest appointment does not guarantee Bishop Semogerere the position of the Archbishop, well-placed sources say he has an advantage over any other suitor.

For starters, Bishop Semogerere was installed as bishop on August 23, 2008 by Archbishop Lwanga (RIP).

Secondly, Bishop Semogerere is a born of Martyrs Day. Bishop Semogerere’s, family sources say was born on June 3, 1983.

Interestingly, he was appointed the second bishop of Kasana Luwero on June 4, 2008.


There are 23 Eastern Catholic Churches totaling about 20 million people that are in communion with the Holy See but their liturgy and other practices are different. A patriarchal Eastern Catholic church itself elects its bishops who are to serve within its own territory, but other bishops are appointed by the Pope. Before the election of a bishop, the patriarchal synod considers the names proposed by its members and draws up a list of those it considers to be valid candidates for episcopacy; this is communicated to the Pope and any name for which he refuses his assent is removed from the list. When the synod then comes to elect a bishop, no further procedure is required if the person chosen is on the list; but if he is not on the list, the assent of the Pope is needed before asking the newly elected to accept his election. The same arrangement holds for a Church headed by a Major Archbishop. In the official bulletins and news media of the Holy See, these appointments are published as decisions of the Eastern Church in question, not of the Pope. The procedure for appointing bishops of other Eastern Churches and those bishops of patriarchal and major archiepiscopal Churches who are to serve outside the territory of the Church in question is similar to that for Latin bishops, and the appointments are published as acts of the Pope.

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