Uganda: Parishioners Yet to Forgive Fr Musaala


The Observer (Kampala)

By Alon Mwesigwa, 26 March 2013

For 92-year-old John Baptist Lubowa, hearing his former parish priest, Fr Anthony Musaala, call for a review of the vows on celibacy, was shocking.

“When I heard the news, I first doubted it,” says Lubowa in a soft tone, “You see, he lied to Jesus, to God, to us [the Christians], that he was devoted and we trusted him”.

Lubowa says Fr Musaala’s assertions were satanic.

“I think it was Satan that came into his head; now what can we say?” wonders Mzee Lubowa.

Lubowa is among hundreds of Busega parishioners, still angry with their former priest’s letter, which lifted the lid on goings-on in the Catholic Church. On March 12 as Pope Francis was being inaugurated, Father Musaala wrote an open letter to the Catholics, among which he raised the issue of celibacy among Catholic priests as a myth.

He concluded calling for action against priests who have abused children and those gone against their vow of chastity. Musaala has since been suspended from the church service.

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