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A Catholic priest in Uganda has been dismissed from duty because he has accused members of the church in the East African country of sexual abuse. Read more:

Here a news item from today:

 

Uganda

Priest condemns abuse and gets suspended

A Catholic priest in Uganda has been dismissed from duty because he has accused members of the church in the East African country of sexual abuse.

The archbishop of the capital Kampala suspended Pater Anthony Musaala on the grounds that he has "harmed the good morality of the Catholic believers" and "has spurred hate and contempt against the church", it says in the announcement, which was published on Wednesday by the newspaper "Daily Monitor".

It is the first time in the history of the country that a priest is relieved of his office because he has criticized the church.

 

And here still another report of today:

 

Fr Musaala hits back at Archbishop Lwanga

Maverick cleric vows to appeal his suspension before Archbishop Blume, the Pope’s representative.

The Rev. Fr. Anthony Musaala yesterday said he had no regrets over authoring a stinging criticism of the Catholic Church bishops and clerics, and vowed to appeal his suspension before the Apostolic Nuncio, the Pope’s ambassador in the country.

Fr. Musaala, who was on Tuesday suspended by the Kampala Archbishop, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, said in an exclusive interview that he is happy his missive, which has been widely circulating on the Internet, could help bring to justice all those who have silently suffered abuse at the hands of some catholic clerics.

In vowing to challenge Archbishop Lwanga before the Pope’s representative to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume, Fr Musaala said: “….I will go and see the Pope’s ambassador. I have written my statement, and I have said; you know…. First of all, you are suspending me for putting something on the [Inter]net, which I didn’t do. They guy who did, said he would be happy to come out and to say that I [Fr. Musaala] never asked him to do that”.

Dr Lwanga on Tuesday suspended Fr Musaala, reasoning that his missive “damages the good morals of the Catholic believers and faults the church’s teaching”.

“This means, therefore, that Fr. Musaala because of the publication of his article in the public media which damages good morals of Catholic believers and further expresses a wrong teaching against the Catholic Church’s teaching and that this stirs up hatred and contempt against the Church, he incurs a Ferendae sententiae penalty as prescribed by Can.1314. Dr Lwanga wrote.

“This means that Father Anthony Musaala is suspended from celebrating sacraments and from the powers of governance in accordance to the law of the Church Can. 1335 and 1336 (1, 2 and 3) as investigations are being carried on.”

Asked what he had hoped to achieve by authoring the missive, Fr Musaala said cases of child abuse in Uganda should not be left to the church alone to resolve. In his opinion, by authoring the missive, he had done “a good thing” that could help deal with issues of the sex crimes and child abuse by catholic clerics.

Asked if he thinks his missive would cause changes in the Catholic Church, Fr Musaala said; “Well, I think a lot of people are going to come out and say they need help; that they have been abused or molested and they are much freer to come out and talk about it openly.”

He insists his missive may just be what the Catholic Church in Uganda needed.

 

See 2011 Jul 28 – 1.5 Years Catholic abuse scandal where there is information about Uganda's neighbour country Kenya.

 

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