The catholic church has suspended Father Anthony Musaala over a letter he authored accusing fellow priests and Bishops of Breaking the Vow they took to stay celibate, the letter in which he also accuses the church of covering up cases of child molestation and homosexuality has been circulating on the internet for over a week now, in this letter father Musaala also alleges he was molested by a priest at the age of 16.
It is on the back drop of this letter that Arch Bishop Lwanga decided to suspend the Charismatic priest from his work.
According to the statement the archbishop addressed to all Catholics referring to them as the people of God, he said he was deeply disturbed thinking of the immense suffering caused by the article produced in the media authored by Fr. Anthony Musaala, that seemed to be casting a dark shadow of suspicion” over all priests. In the article, Father Anthony Musaala questioned the Canon Law 277, which mandates clerical celibacy that: “Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore are obliged to observe celibacy, which is a special gift of God, by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and can more freely dedicate themselves to the services of God and mankind. Saying priests in Uganda have already broken the law and should be allowed to marry. The arch bishop said Everyone should once again remember that until Christ came along (Mt 19:12), and then Paul (1 Cor. 7:32-35), the only state of life known was marriage but when Christ came, He made it clear that some people would remain celibate (“eunuchs”) for the sake of the Kingdom of God (Mt 19:12). St. Paul further recommended it for those who would be dedicated to serving God in this world (1 Cor. 7:7, 17, 32-35), for the salvation of souls and it is totally a freedom of choice as the above biblical quotations suggest.
Arch Bishop Lwanga says that after the Popular Priest Admitted he authored the Document, the canon as prescribed by the Church in can. 1369 takes its course. This law states that: “A person is to be punished with a just penalty, who, at a public event or assembly, or in a published writing, or by otherwise using the means of social communication, utters blasphemy, or gravely harms public morals, or rails at or excites hatred of or contempt for religion or the Church.”
This means therefore that Fr. Musaala because of the publication of his article in the public media which damages good morals of Catholic believers and further expresses a wrong teaching against the Catholic Church’s teaching and that this stirs up hatred and contempt against the Church, he incurs a ‘Ferendae sententiae’ penalty as prescribed by Can.1314. This means that Father Anthony Musaala is suspended from celebrating sacraments and sacramentals, from the powers of governance in accordance to the law of the Church Can.1335 and1336§1n.1, 2and3 as investigations are being carried on.