Fr. Musaala’s Sins Are Not The Faults Of The Entire Holy Catholic Church

Rev. Father Musala Anthony
Rev. Father Musala Anthony

Fr. Anthony Musaala’s missive is not news to anyone, anymore.

As I wrote this he had been suspended from perfoming sacraments in the Catholic Church and it’s my opinion that the suspension was the right thing to do.

Fr. Musaala’s open letter didn’t break any new ground.

I believe it only came to make news simply because the allegations were being retold by a priest, who is famous.

As someone who has lived very close to the Catholic Church, (our village home is less than a mile from the Parish and we are immediate neighbors to the Bishops retirement home. We actually used to pick for our enjoyment, mangoes and grapes from the Bishop’s compound, I learnt to play tennis and basketball with Priests, Brothers and Deacons, I spent two years in a preparatory seminary and many of my closest friends are ex seminarians) I can say I have heard more stories about priests and the Catholic Church than most ordinary people.

Priests and the clergy are mystical people and many people in society can’t help but gossip about them about almost everything they see or hear or fear about them.

But I must add that hearing about stories about people who lead the Church doesn’t make me an expert at all

What I can say is that what Fr. Musaala wrote in his missive is what I have heard a million times. And frankly speaking, I do not have any idea whether any of the allegations raised by him are true or false.

Before going further let me reproduce what my friend and ex seminarian Innocent Nahabwe shared with his pals on facebook.

Dear Friends, this is a personal note about something I feel very strongly about-faith. Please bear with me:

I have read with gladness the news that Fr. Musaala has been suspended from active service.

I was angered by his utterances. It pains me as a Catholic and a former seminarian to hear someone trying to make a quick shot at fame by uttering outrageous allegations.

The 2000-year church cannot change traditions now because some horny priest somewhere wants to bonk unhindered. It’s in a church, a communion of willing believers who have faith and belief in a certain way that matters of faith should be handled. If one doesn’t feel the church fits well in their beliefs (he/she) is free to move and join the “advertised churches” and buy their pastor a Hummer or Jeep Cherokee.

Fr. Musaala is a populist preacher who would do well as one of the pastor/ Bishops in Kampala, I am sure. He could marry and bonk whomever he so pleases at will without anyone complaining. It’s his choice to remain in the church. Just as you can’t eat your cake and have it, you can’t be a priest in the Catholic Church and marry.

Sin happens and no one is innocent. So Fr. Musaala and those he says he advocates for will once in a while stray and father a kid or two. These priests are from our community. The same community that has thieves, pedophiles, murderers. So, much as there is scrutiny in the seminary, some hypocrites manage to go through and become priests. They are pretenders that shouldn’t have become priests in the first place.

The same reason, I am not one after spending five years in the seminary.

Does marriage stop men from preying on children under their care? No. We have heard of people with three or four wives who still go ahead and defile minors, sometimes their own kids.

Its not that they have been denied the right to marry! We have heard of ministers who can’t take care of their kids yet they are millionaires. Anglican priests marry but a few bad ones prey on their flock.

Now for Fr. Musaala and those of his ilk, marriage for Catholic priests won’t help much in as far as solving the concerns he is raising. Fr. Musaala, if you are digging, and you get tired, you don’t tell the land to go away, you go away yourself.’

I completely share Nahabwe’s opinion.


Now my views:

Arch-Bishop Cyprian Kizito lwanga Suspended Fr Musaala
Arch-Bishop Cyprian Kizito lwanga Suspended Fr Musaala

Do I think priests, sin? Yes. Like Nahabwe ably puts it, priests are not from planet Mars. They come from the same communities that you and I come from. We all commit sin sometimes.

But when we sin, the church gives us the opportunity to confess and be forgiven or be damned.

I could read from Fr. Musaala’s letter a confessional tone. But confessions must be pure and sincere. To me Fr. Musaala’s expose is neither honest nor sincere.

The church has channels and avenues through which priests can raise their grievances, their concerns and have them sorted. The church also has its own ways of punishing its own clergy and hundreds have gotten punished for various transgressions.

The media isn’t one of these channels. Fr. Musaala chose to write an open letter, not a letter to his Bishop or Archbishop. Fr. Musaala wrote to the whole world. Did he expect the world to change what is wrong in his Church?

I believe in openness, but I also believe in institutions. Fr. Musaala was not ordained priest yesterday, he has served in the Church longer than I have been an adult. He went there willingly and no one has forced him to stay.

He knows the channels through which to raise concerns and he knows very well that the media; the internet is not one of them.

I believe Fr. Musaala chose to write and leak his ‘open letter’ because he has something sinister against the Church. It’s his secret. And for this I say he deserves to serve his punishment.

Fr. Musaala wasn’t even truthful in his letter. If he knew what he was writing about, why didn’t he drop any names. Why not say Priest this or this Bishop this is living with a wife and they have kids?

The church doesn’t want priests or any of its clergy washing their linen in public but as a person I have no problem with someone being truthful, honest and sincere.

I believe if someone has genuine concerns about any thing, they are better off expressing themselves than suppressing themselves. If Fr. Musaala was sincere and he wanted action taken, why didn’t he address his letter to any authority?

What Fr. Musaala has achieved is not reopen debate about the centuries old question of celibacy in the Catholic Church. No, Fr. Musala has simply tarnished all the priests in Uganda and beyond.

Fr. Musaala is blind to the goodness of thousands of honest and God-fearing priests doing God’s work across the country.

By writing an anonymous letter alleging grave sins and crimes, Fr. Musaala has, as Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga put it, cast ‘a dark shadow of suspicion’ over all priests’ some of whom he has never met.

It’s very easy to say priest so and so is having sexual relations with this or that woman. But it’s almost impossible to prove it beyond reasonable doubt unless you are the priest or the woman.

It’s easy to allege that this priest has produced a kid but it’s almost impossible to prove minus DNA tests. Many women are not sure who is the father of their kids.

I have heard stories of priests having sex with women, with young girls a thousand times but I have never confirmed any. I also know of priests who have gotten arrested by police for allegedly defiling girls.

Fr. Musaala retelling the old rumours and innuendos without providing any evidence doesn’t make them less of rumours.

Reading Fr. Musaala’s letter gives the impression that all priests are sinful and this simply isn’t true.

Of course there could be priests engaged in criminal activities and if any one knows any of these it’s their duty as citizens to report them not to the Bishop but to the Police.

I believe there could be priests who may have strayed and broken their obligation to celibacy (I don’t know any myself) but priests are men and like a husband can stray, so can a priest.

Those priests who have fallen short of God’s glory have sinned as persons and not on behalf of the whole church.

Now let us assume one priest commits this terrible sin and the woman gets pregnant and delivers a child.

Should the priest be excommunicated from the church because he has done wrong, should the woman also be excommunicated for falling for the priest’s sinful advances or should the kid be killed because he/she is a product of a sin?

Does committing a sin make one less of a priest? Does it diminish one’s ability to do God’s work? I don’t think so. Didn’t Jesus say he was on earth because of sinners?

Does becoming a priest make you less of a man who is completely unattracted to the fairer sex?

And because some have fallen victim to fatal attraction, and because some have fallen victim to Satan’s evil scheme, should the Catholic Church’s doctrines on celibacy be forfeited or scrapped?

Should priests be allowed to get married because, as Fr. Musaala says some of them are living like married men with wives and children?

Is marriage the silver bullet that will stop priests from falling short of what is expected of them?

Do we as society expect too much from these priests and he clergy?

Fr. Musaala, reading from his letter, has lost his belief in the vocation of priesthood and could be living in terrible sin himself. His failure to stay celibate is his own failure as a person and not that of the whole church in which he is a priest.

If Fr. Musaala has lost interest in the church, it’s only fair that he exercises his options which are readily available to him and calls time on his priesthood and goes to live the life he finds more uplifting, not the double life he is living right now.

You can serve God in so many ways; you don’t have to be a priest.

Fr. Musaala has done his part and am sure God is grateful. Let him now confess his sins and move on and stop living a lie.

But let him not, because of the weaknesses in his heart, bring to shame, Gods Holy Church.

Priesthood is a vocation that is undertaken willingly and is never forced on anyone. It is not a prison sentence.


16 thoughts on “Fr. Musaala’s Sins Are Not The Faults Of The Entire Holy Catholic Church

  1. Even Prison sentences have a time limit attached to them. In the circumstances, his exit from the vocation of Priest hood is demanded and not merely asked. “Let he who hath no Sin cast the first stone”,John 8:1-11…that however doesn’t make individual sins attributable to the Church. In the Liturgy we pray that “Father, Look not on our sins but on faith of the Church”..Am certain he has said that like a Gazillion times but somehow he now has forgotten..

  2. continued……..I happen to know at least 5 priests that have children some even have twins but are high profile priests and these their children have personally confessed to me that these are their fathers, the only question would be a DNA, but these children of priests live in shadows, clinging onto other families to gain a home and parenting, to have someone to call a mother (for the case of nuns) or father (for the case of priests). Do they have a right to associate with their true parents? my answer would be a yes. The catholic church has insisted not to grant priests the freedom to marry but it is only shadowing a vice which is widespread. The best the church could do to help itself is to grant freedom to priests to marry and let it be upon them to decide to marry or not to marry. NB: I will ask that my not be published for safety purposes; Thank you.

    1. Mr. Muliki, its not true that the CC has insisted not to grant priests the freedom to marry… Priests can go ahead and marry but in this case, they cease practicing as church ministers (adminstering sacraments). This law has been that way since the begining. They (even Musaala) know the procedures but they fear for public opinion towards them as ”sexmaniarchs”- as men who have not been faithfull to their vows…. but every priest knows the procedures in case he wants to marry and many who have sent in their requests have been granted the permission to go on.

      1. you have missed Mulik’s point, the fact is Priests go for women,i my self my Uncle was a priest, when my father died, he used to come home, my dad had two ladies, this Priest whenever he Came directly slept with my young mother, i new this because we used to sleep in our young Mams house and when ever this man came we were told to go to sleep in out mother house together with my step brother, one time he came very late at night and we were not shifted, what i had has remained in my memory up to now. more so he had sons and he had bought them land in Toro. But this man died a priest and was buried at the church,

        so Instead of them living this kind of life, let them change that law because it was brought by Poul and did not force it to people, it was open choice, All priest in the old testament had women, this women issue has of recent forced O’Brien a Scottish catholic to resign all these are not lies but truth.
        I am not here to judge but i feel if priest were given a chance to decide for themselves on marriage matter would mean something good, what i know if they were given a chance to vote 90% would vote against the law of not marrying

        1. Mr. Mathias, no one is denying this…. these things happen and have been happening ever since this discipline was embraced. The point is, check the response from the priests who fall and fail to take on their responsibilities as by church law provided. The CC has put everything in place for such failures but priests who have fallen short of the discipline have not taken these procedures as they should have.

          And don’t tell me that scrapping off the discipline is the solution to the problem because the sexual problem still exists even among ministers of the sects that abbandoned the CC as a restult of the celibacy discipline. Their ministers marry but still____ (complete the statement).

          So the problem is not with the law or the institution: the problem are those priests who have fallen short of the discipline but fail to take on their responsibilities.

          Now, some other people say that the CC keeps on covering up for these priests who commit such crimes like child sexual abuse. To these I say, it’s not the role of the CC to take it’s priests to the courts of law: its the role of the one against whom the crime has been commited. Don’t expect the church to start the process for you because your child or your wife was in the sexual act with a priest. No bishop has ever blocked the state agencies from arresting such priests and let the law take it’s course.

  3. Wonderful article Patrick, wonder why he thinks that when priests marry they will stop sinning. Priesthood is a calling & choice, he is free to either be married or a priest, but you cannot have your cake & eat it.

    1. Well done Fr Musaala for exposing these hypocrites and their sycophantic sympathizers in the Laity.

      1. Fred well done. in his letter (Fr. Musaala) he points out many things but even the archbishop commented on marrying. well i think despite of all sin in the catholic church, the doctrine of celibacy will not change but what has the church done to the priests damaging the flock. My brothers and sisters, do you know the psychological torture of not living with your parents in case of a nun or a priest? do u know that some priest do not have the mandate to comment on sin in their respective parishes because they are in the same caliber? well they are humans but the time they take in formation is enough for human judgement bse if am not mistaken, a priest is ordained at the minimum of 27 yrs. The catholic authority is aware of the priests misbehaving but are slow to act why? We love the church too much but their is a lot to be desired. The church has internal conflicts because we have ever seen priests at wakiso parish fighting for a women and in the long run, the parish priest was transferred, so i think Musaala (Fr) had to fight back. i ask the catholic authority to find solutions to problems otherwise with the increasing technology, u may find it hard to bring back the massive flock in our faith. For God and my country.

  4. Amazing! I have been one for over 20years. Human failures come by and life has to move on. It is so difficult to judge people based on hearsay. Once I heard people say that my nephew was my son. It hurt so much but there was no way to do a public defense of things said as Fr Musaala says “in bars, taxis, saloons, etc”. I have sinned but it leaves me with a heavy feeling and I have done untold repentance and received forgiveness. I was young now I am old and I have outgrown the excitement of my youth in a really corrupted society that I live. Now I see the value, now I see the folly of sin, now I know better. If I had been treated according to what my sins deserved, I would not be serving the thousands of people that I have been able to reach in my ministry, the weaknesses not withstanding. I am sure by the grace of God I am going to die determined to serve the Lord and his Church in the best way possible. We need prayers Brothers and Sisters!


  6. Thanks for this nice piece. As you have mentioned, Fr.Musaala raised nothing new and his punishment is well deserved. Having read his letter, I began to doubt if he had done sufficient reading of the Catholic teaching. The issues he is raising of Priests being allowed to marry confirm to me that he hasn’t done enough research on this issue. For his information the Church has allowed married men in unique circumstances to serve as Priests but has never allowed someone ordained as a Priest in celibacy to take on the sacrament of marriage and still undertake Priestly vows. I refer Fr.Musaala to the Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Celibacy of Priests issued on June 24, 1967 which answers his issues.
    I totally disagree with his perception that marriage solves peoples sexual desires. Who told him that marriage is all about sex? don’t married men and women stray for sex? so when we allow them to marry and they commit adultery, shall we also approve of adultery

    1. Leonard, Fr Musaala is well informed of the unique circumstances of priestly matrimony to which you refer. You might do well to read his letter exhaustively.


  8. Dear Muliki joseph Enock, your attestation might be true, and I dont do not dispute what you know. Every institution has a procedure of dealing with complaints (and so does the Catholic church), and I expected Fr, Musaala to follow the demands of canon law or those of the diocese in which he belongs. (constituonal behavour is everyone’s duty) I woulndn’t think he has done that.

    As for his punishment, its a positive measure to let him correct his procedure, not his truth. The church is not ‘out with guns blazing, punishment is meant to make one better- its not damnation)., but is ready to listen. Celibacy might not be lifted soon, but it can, and has been doone in certain exceptions. Its freely chosen and I think what the Seminaries ought to learn is how to teach Seminarians to enbrace it for its value and not not as part of the package.
    “If I can even walk fast, why enroll in a team of athletes- try another proffession maybe”

    MJE, as a citizen its your responsibility to help children in such relationships find proper parental care and this may mean that you speak to those in charge to healp them take responsibility. Celibacy is a choice and failure to live it isn,t a crime, one can always walk away happy! Tell these people (priests ) with children to get back home and take care of their families. WHAT HAVE YOU AND I DONE, SO FAR?

  9. How does marriage relate to murder or theft? What you’re asking is akin to “If people produce, should we legalize births?”. Like you say, “As educated people, we should always think logically”.

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