“Domestic violence is always wrong” – strong message from the Archbishop of Uganda

Apr 4, 2018 by

from ACNS.

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the Primate of the Church of the Province of Uganda, has used his Easter message to stress that domestic violence is “always wrong”. His message was a response to comments by Member of Parliament Onesmus Twinamasiko, who said in a tv interview: “As a man, you need to discipline your wife. You need to touch her a bit, and you tackle her and you beat her somehow to streamline her”. Archbishop Stanley said: “I want to state categorically and very clearly that the Church of Uganda does not support his views. Even though he is an Anglican, he and his views do not represent the Church of Uganda. We condemn all domestic violence. No exceptions.”

The MP had given the interview to respond to earlier comments from Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who said on International Women’s Day (8 March) that “men who beat women are foolish and cowardly.” The President had urged churches to speak out against gender-based violence – something that Archbishop Stanley has consistently done.

“We too easily resort to violence in order to resolve conflict – even petty conflicts. That is not the way of Jesus,” he said.

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