If Catholic bishops can criticise government, why can’t priests criticise the church?

Daily Monitor

By Ladislaus K. Rwakafuuzi

Posted Monday, April 1 2013

When a bird perches off its nest without a word, it must only be too young. I will not fail to say something about Fr Anthony Musaala’s saga because I am neither too young to speak nor am I too daft to fathom the preponderance and momentousness of his dossier.

Fr Musaala has said that the Catholic Church should re-examine celibacy for its priests. Musaala has reasoned that many otherwise good priests fail in their vows of celibacy. What Musaala is raising here is not new. That debate is as old as the date the church decided on celibacy.

Celibacy was not a precept for priests in the beginnings of the church. The church later mooted celibacy as a means of serving God better without family distractions. The same church has the power to reverse itself on this precept if it sees that priests are no longer serving better when celibate. So Musaala has proposed that celibacy may be made optional. This is one arm of Musaala’s arguments.

The second arm is that the church should not merely watch when some of its priests who have failed to be celibate cause harm. Musaala is proposing that the church should strictly discipline the priests whose failure in celibacy causes harm to third parties, especially the children.

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