Fr Anthony Musaala's daring letter about the alleged sexual indiscretions of priests has rocked the Catholic Church, leaving many wondering how it will all end.

But a senior religious scholar has told The Observer the church is too strong a rock to be moved by Musaala's dossier.

The letter, which came to the fore shortly after the election of Pope Francis, is loaded with tones of infectious confessions from a man who calls himself a victim of the unknown sex life of men of God in the world's largest church.

"It is an open secret that many Catholic priests and some bishops, in Uganda and elsewhere, no longer live celibate chastity," Musaala argues in his letter, which has become a thorny subject of debate among the clergy and non-believers.

The move to suspend Musaala has been interpreted by religious analysts as shying away from the issues raised and settling for the killing of messenger. Dr Alex Nkababona of Makerere University School of Religious Studies told us: "My view is that the church has overreacted."

"There is need to listen to dissenting voices on celibacy and sexuality. There could be some truth in what Fr Musaala said. However, the church's point of view might be that he would have addressed these issues internally than going public," he said.

Dr JB Mpoza, an ex- seminarian, teacher and part-time lecturer at the Nkozi-based Uganda Martyrs University, describes Musaala's letter as "regrettable and unfortunate."

"I have studied the church, and I must tell you that it has both human and divine compromises," Mpoza told The Observer last week. "There are times when the human element takes over man. We need to pray, and also remind people that if you chose to be something, you have to observe the professional code of conduct," he said.

Mpoza is adamant the church cannot be defeated, but as a Catholic, he urges the faithful to pray for the institution to weather the Musaala storm. Musaala has promised to challenge the churchís decision to suspend him, by appealing to the Papal Pro nuncio, Archbishop Michael Blume.

But the Uganda Catholic Church spokesperson, Fred Sekitto, said suspending Musaala, Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga was not targeting the messenger but using the canon law to "safeguard the teachings of the church."

"We are not targeting the individual. We are using canon law to protect the church," Sekitto said.

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0 #1 Betty Long Cap 2013-03-24 23:34
Sexual indiscretions of priests is at the epicenter of the storm not Fr Anthony Musaala's bold letter. Suspending the whistleblower was easier than correcting the sexual abuses that have gone on for decades perhaps centuries in the RC Church.

The Lord will return for a church without spot or wrinkle. If the Roman Catholic Church does not reform, the erring clergy face eternal damnation.
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0 #2 Kimbowasantos 2013-03-25 07:08
Now what will the church do when father musaala and the victims start taking these sex pest priests to courts of law. You killed the messenger really.
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0 #3 evans 2013-03-25 18:14
Father Musaala is a mature human being who had an option to join those religious beliefs that allow their clergy to mary. When mart Luther King failed to reconcile with the Pope partly on the same grounds,he formed the protestant church which to date allows Reverands to marry.

Alternatively there seventh day adventists, orthodox moslems and the saved. Why couldnt Fr Mussala choose to shift to any of these religions where his inclination lies.He claims he knows fathers who have not lived to the principled of celibacy why didnt he report them at an appropriate time he learn of it?.

Musaala is not any different from a person seeing another committing a major crime and let it pass instead of reporting to police and after several crimes committed which may have even involved loss of life and starts narrating his ordeal when it is alreadytoo late In my view Musaala is a disgrace to the catholic church and Let him reap what he saw.
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0 #4 Betty Long Cap 2013-03-25 20:44
Quoting evans:
Why couldnt Fr Mussala choose to shift to any of these religions where his inclination lies.

Fr Mussala may well leave the Roman Catholic Church and marry but sexual abuses and adulteries will continue unless the Vatican does not change the rules or clean house. The RC Church already faces a shortage of clergymen.

More focus on the message and less on the messenger is called for at this time.
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0 #5 kabayekka 2013-03-26 01:43
No wonder Jesus had to succumb to the powerful Jewish priest establishment.. ...The Pharasises and Sadduces of the times.
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0 #6 Lakwena 2013-03-26 16:47
By coming out publicly (media), like Biblical Ham, who revealed about the nakedness of his drunken father Noah to the rest of the family members; Fr. Musaala has committed a religious impiety of biblical proportion.

This is because in religion, it is always wise to save face; as we are told that: we have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory; judge not for you will be judged; whoever lusts at a woman/man in his/her mind and heart sins and whoever has not sinned should cast the first stone at the adulterous woman; etc.

The abstract institution of the Catholic Church or any other good intentioned church/org is not the problem, but the imperfect individuals (bad apples/mangoes) who serve the objectives of the institution humanly have personal weaknesses.
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0 #7 Lakwena 2013-03-26 16:48
Fr. Musaal and other immature thinkers cannot accuse/embarras s the 1613-year old Catholic Church for hypocrisy, but may accuse the few perverted individual priests or Bishops serving the church for hypocrisy.

When somewhere in the mid/late 1980s, Pastor Jimmy Swaggart, was caught on camera as he lusted at, swaggered and fiddled a prostitute; it was not his church that lusted at and fiddled prostitutes.

But this Fr. Musaala in his look, lingual expression and swag; reminds me of non other than the flamboyant, businessman, Radio talk show host, 2011 Mayoral candidate; Pastor Sematimba!
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+1 #8 beebwa 2013-03-26 22:52
Bwana Mpoza: Is Father Musaala trying to destroy the Catholic Church, or to improve it, and give it a fighting chance in the 21st Century??

Do you remember Gallileo? When he told the Church that the earth is not flat but round, was he trying to destroy the Church??
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0 #9 Betty Long Cap 2013-03-27 00:01
Quoting beebwa:
When he told the Church that the earth is not flat but round, was he trying to destroy the Church??

Good question, beebwa. Galileo upended the Church's long held view of four corners of the earth.

Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point.

[9] He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

Pope Francis I is a Jesuit. Will the Bishop of Rome do any better by Fr Anthony Musaala than earier Jesuit Pope Urban VIII did by Galileo?
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