“Fr. Musaala cited five cases involving catholic priests, adding that he was still compiling information on many others”
A section of Catholics in Masaka Diocese are protesting the suspension of Reverend Father Anthony Musaala over his letter exposing sexual infidelity amongst catholic priests. Fr. Musaala, who shot to fame through gospel music, was suspended on Monday by Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese. It came after the priest published a letter, in which he demands that the Catholic Church begins an open and frank dialogue about catholic priests becoming happily married men, rather than being miserable and single, either before and after ordination.
He also said it is an open secret that many catholic priests and some Bishops in Uganda and elsewhere, no longer live celibate chastity. In the March 12th letter addressed to the Arch Bishop of Kampala, which has circulated on social media, Fr. Musaala asks Dr. Lwanga and the Catholic Church in general to consider amending the canon law to revoke celibacy and allow priest to marry. He contends that this would address the increasing reports of priests involved in sexual activities in breach of the celibacy vows. Fr. Musaala cited five cases involving catholic priests, adding that he was still compiling information on many others.
As a result, Lwanga suspended Fr. Musaala saying that his letter has caused immense suffering to the Catholic Church that seems to cast a dark shadow of suspicion on all catholic priests. He also accused Fr. Musaala of using wrong forum to address the issues in the letter. Dr. Lwanga argues that the decision by the priest to circulate the letter online was an act of indiscipline and suspicious. The suspension of Fr Musaala has drawn mixed reaction amongst catholic faithfuls. Joseph Kalungi, the Head of Laity Masaka Diocese says he is surprised by Musaala’s letter and his subsequent suspension. Kalungi declined to comment further saying that he was not allowed by the church to talk about the suspension.
Joseph Ssenzoga, the head of Laity Soweto sub parish in Masaka Town faults the Archbishop for suspending Musaala. He says that although Musaala went public with his letter, he didn’t deserve to be suspended. Ssenzoga advises the Archbishop to handle the priest with care and use him as witness in their investigations.
John Mugera, a catholic faithful is unhappy with Fr. Musaala’s suspension saying it is likely to split the church. He explains that the celebrity priest commands a huge following amongst catholic youths who like his gospel music.
Rose Namale, also a member of the Catholic Church says the issues raised by father Musaala shouldn’t be ignored. She advises the church to conduct a referendum to allow Catholics vote on whether or not priests should be allowed to marry to end their involvement in secret sexual affairs. Speaking with Redpepper online on phone from Kampala, Father Musaala said he was not moved by the suspension. He however, appealed to the church leadership to address his concerns says there is over whelming evidence showing that several priests and Bishops have fathered children with people’s wives.