Exclusive: Father Anthony Musaala speaks about his suspension by Ugandan Catholic Archbishop

“I realized that it was good old fashioned c\Catholic prejudice towards homosexuality, or those who seem to be homosexual.”

By Melanie Nathan, March 20, 2013.

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 10.31.28 PMAfter Ugandan Catholic cleric Fr. Anthony Musaala authored an open letter To Bishops, Priests and Laity, entitled “The failure of Celibate Chastity among Diocesan Priests” accusing his Catholic Church colleagues in Uganda of sexual immorality and crimes, and was suspended by the Archbishop of Uganda, he spoke to me, noting “I am afraid the Archbishop has done his worst.” ( See the letter at https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/03/20/ugandan-catholic-priest-suspended-for-speaking-out-against-sexual-immorality/)

The Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga retaliated against Fr. Musaala with a Ferendae sententiae penalty as prescribed by Catholic Can.1314., suspending Father Anthony Musaala because he made his accusations public in the media, where, according to the Archbishop, he allegedly “damaged the good morals of Catholic believers and further expressed a wrong teaching against the Catholic Church’s teaching.”

Father Musaala, a man who is deeply committed to his religion, told me that he decided to write the letter after he had experienced years of unjust accusations and blackmail at the hands of the Archdiocese in Uganda. “One key reason I had to speak up was because of the subtle blackmail I was undergoing at the hands of the church.”

Fr. Musaala explained that every time a decision had to be made about a new posting, or a permission needed to travel somewhere, “the Archbishop would gently remind me of all the allegations of homosexuality made against me in 2009, and according to him still being made now.”

Father Musaala became a target of homosexual accusations back in 2009, and his popular Gospel music was always frowned upon by the Church.

He told me that he had been posted by the Church to a way out of town parish, where he would find it difficult to do all his regular work with youth, music and refugees in the city. Fr. Musaala quoted the Archbishop as saying: ”you know there is so much stuff about you on the internet, its up to you to prove that its not true”.

Fr. Musaala reflected on the others in the Church. He told me “I thought of all the priests who I knew who had girlfriends and children and even live in lovers. There must be hundreds. Why is it that year after year I am branded as the priest who caused the most shame to the Archdiocese?”

Fr. Musaala noted that he was moved by  the double standard. That the Church was giving a pass to heterosexual pedophiles and non-celibates, while targeting those it believed to be homosexual.  “I realized that it was good old fashioned catholic prejudice towards homosexuality,  those who seemed to be homosexual. The unspoken text was ‘You really do not belong here, but can be tolerated.”

Fr. Musaala went on to say; “Needless to say in the present hullabaloo, it has come up again. During the course of a one hour blast by two bishops and a vicar-general over exposing catholic ‘secrets’ in the media, the Archbishop reminded me that two young men had appeared at his office accusing me of having had homosexual acts with them. I said that I needed to confront my accusers. He said that they were too scared to do so.”

Again they are scape-goating the one man perceived to be homosexual who has had to live with years of accusations. Fr. Anthony is willing to face his accusers. He is a slight man. One can hardly imagine why the two accusers would fear him. There have been many cases of false accusations. These accusations have haunted Fr. Musaala for years and he is willing to flush out the truth.

“Well anyway now the gloves are off, “ Fr. Masaala told me. “I’ve had enough and I think that some hard truths are coming out. Lines are being draw for this battle against heterosex abuse and the power abuse of the catholic hierarchy.”

Today on Ugandan TV, Fr. Musaala disputed the lawfulness of his suspension under Canon Law.

https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/01/21/ugandan-catholic-priest-persecuted-by-scott-livelys-anti-gay-campaign-speaks-of-bribes/ .

https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/03/20/ugandan-catholic-priest-suspended-for-speaking-out-against-sexual-immorality/

Melanie Nathan
nathan@privatecourts.com
@melanienathan1


42 thoughts on “Exclusive: Father Anthony Musaala speaks about his suspension by Ugandan Catholic Archbishop

  1. thumbs up for you fr.musaala thanks for coming out to speak the hard truth may God give u grace to go through this trying time.

  2. It is the church’s duty to condemn sin which is the teaching of Jesus, it does not help to cover up sin in the church, remember you are leading people to heaven, suspension of those who expose sin is not the answer. Remember, Jesus saves us from sin but does not want us to remain in sin.

    1. @Betty, Who is covering the sin? Fr. Musaala seems to be confessing of his sins in the press, has anybody stopped him from confessing? Can U verify the other allegations of Fr. Musaala against the priests & Bishops whom he did not even name? The Archbishop in his communication said he will investigate the allegations, why r U so quick to say that he is covering them up? When did individual sins/weaknesses become church sins/weaknesses? Lastly no individual will lead you to heaven as you claim in your comment. The Bible is very clear that it is thru your belief in his son Jesus Christ that you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. If your pastor tells you that he will take you to heaven, you are doomed.

    2. i think Bampire betty you need to learn a bit of critical thinking if not reading who is covering sin??The archibishop has been very clearinvestigations are going to be done. on the other hand is that how in your church if you have one solve issues do you go to the medias to solve your sins or expose your sins?i think instead of hasting to conclusions you should first ask yourself the motives that are behind your comments.

  3. Its not the best way to solve the crisis.(going to the media). And what fr. Musaala suggested as the solution is not the way to go either. If u have a problem u know where to find the answer. Your superiors. U should stop attacking the bishop!

  4. cant believe that some one who is a hero today can be a buffoon tomorrow!! Fr. Musaala might be looking for justice however he is in the land of injustice. if i were him; having go through the long teachings of the church and successfully passed them, i would have used the right measures to express my views. trust me Fr. Musaala, you will expose the sins in the church but the following day you will look a fool because you had kept it for as long as you have served the same church.

  5. Along with my fellow Catholics and indeed all people of God, I was saddened to see Fr Musaala’s recent open letter to the bishops, his fellow priests and laity. In it he levels all manner of accusations of sexual impropriety against the clergy. It was sad because the reason given for the letter – to protect victims of clerical abuse – was not quite the truth. Many Catholics will be aware Fr Musaala was investigated in 2009 fafter allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with adult young adult men. I want to emphasize there were no allegations of abuse of minors against Father Musaala. These were not the first allegations against him and in fact the bishops went to great lengths for a long time to counsel him and otherwise rehabilitate him. His letter disparaging the Church and insulting those of his brother priests who have remained faithful to their vows is a see-through attempt to shift the focus from himself on to others.

    What the Church needs to address is what happens after reports are received. After reports are made it is discouraging to see the reported cleric continuing as usual – the Church needs to make it clear what action, if any, has been taken. In fact the canon law requires this. It is ironic that a person having been reported is now presenting himself as champion of the victims. This is only possible because the victims themselves are often too embarrassed to speak up.

    I wish the Church had spent as much time offering the same counseling and support to those making the claims against Father. Although the Archbishop announced on Good Friday 2009 that there would be an investigation, the report was not made public. There were only rumours to the effect that Father had been suspended for six months and was confined to a monastery in Tororo. As a result they left themselves open to this maneouvre – they have been made to look as though they could not care less about the victims. They are also being made to look as though they are victimizing Father and the fact that he has been under investigation for a long time and the result of those investigations are lost.

    Dressing up the case as a discourse about celibacy is disingenuous. It has nothing to do with celibacy. Non-celibate clergy in other religions and denominations have been known to engage in inappropriate sexual activity. Quick internet searches have revealed the following; Child Abuse Cover-Up Costs Mormon Church $3 Million for the situation amongst the Mormons. In January this year Press TV reported An American ultra-Orthodox Jewish cleric and counselor in New York has been sentenced to a 103-year prison term for sexually abusing a 12 year old female patient over three years. Go to http://greenheritagenews.com/koran-teacher-arrested-in-canada-for-multiple-sexual-assaults/ for what is happening in Islam. Mohammed Masroor leader of the Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society on Danforth Avenue in Toronto taught Koran to children in mosques as well as in homes. On August 10, 2011, he was arrested and charged with sexual assaults on at least 13 victims of both sexes. We need not rehash the stream of allegations against married Pentacostal pastors. The point is none of the above clerics are required to be celibate by their religions.

    Of course the largest group of sexual predators happen to be non-clerics. They are ordinary men and women, free to marry, many married who nevertheless seek sexual pleasure in inappropriate ways. .” Note that At least 28% of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive compared with 4% of boys because “sugar daddies” are exploiting them, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said (BBC News 14, March 2013).

    CWASU website tells us “Most child sex offenders are married men, who have sex with their wives and sometimes other adult women – they are children’s fathers, uncles, teachers as well as family friends and neighbours. Whether a person is married or not does not determine whether they take sexual advantage of vulnerable people. Vulnerable people are not necessarily the young – single women, married people – anyone needing help in a crisis can become vulnerable.

    I am concerned but not worried. The truth will out.

    A Concerned Catholic

  6. First of all, I have always wondered where the source of your soft spot for Musaala is. I love Fr. Musaala, Loved him to death. His music was something fresh to the stiff manner of the oldschool catholic church. While he raises very important issues, I think there is hypocrisy to his latest move:

    Fr Musaala inadvertently admits to his homosexuality after denying it for four years!

    From his now viral letter, he says:

    “As a pubescent teenager, my first sexual encounter was actually with one of the brothers who invited me to his room on the pretext of doing some extra chemistry equations. I was sixteen at the time”.

    Question: Since this was his “first” encounter, when was his second, third, 100th?

    So Musaala’s ‘beef’ with the church is not that there is moral decay. It is that it could tolerate his peers’ ‘straight’ sexual transgressions while condemning his gay ones!

    His cunningly written letter includes non-denial denials in passing references to his sexual life but he then gave himself away towards the end of his letter

    Now we know he is gay!

    1. Fr Musaala has said he will stand up for any of his sins and he expects the same of other in the clergy. I thought confession was a private event. That would be between fR and his Church. Was is not okay is the subtle blackmail Fr experienced and what is NOT okay is the crimes against young kids while hiding under the guise of the clothe…… There is a difference to being GAY and being celibate for any period of time and those who actively abuse children.

      1. I would like to point out – celibacy does not cause sexual abuse of minors, see the evidence

        Baptists (not celibate) http://www.abpnews.com/…/8150-clerg……
        Anglicans (not celibate) Study of Reported Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church u]www.anglican.org.au/…/.
        Episcopalians (not celibate) Sexual Abuse in the Episcopal Church http://www.hermanlaw.com/…/clergy episcopal-sex-abuse
        Hasidic Jews Hasidic Jews Still Have a Sex-Crime Problem — Daily Intelligencer May 2012
        Mormons (not celibate) The Growing Mormon Sex Abuse Scandal | Mormon Matters mormonmatters.org/…/the-grow…
        Moslems (not celibate) BBC News – Stoke-on-Trent Muslim sexual abuse cleric jailed http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/uk-england-s…

        SECONDLY, you may not know, the Church is pursuing a path to weed out this vice. When he visited Australia during his tenure, the Pope Emeritus Benedict 16 said we should report sexually abusive clerics DIRECTLY to the police as we would with anyone else. It is true more emphaisis has been put on protecting the image of the Church than on protecting the vulnerable and ministering to the victims. Benedict XVI also mandated each Diocese and each parish should develop and implement policies designed to protect the vulnerable. So, Catholics, lets all ask our Parish Councils and Parish Priests what policies they have in place.

        The investigation announced by the Archbishop can be accessed via your Parish Priest. If you get no joy go to the Ecclesial Court at Lubaga Cathedral next to the museum and ask for Fr Andrew Kato Kasirye).If you prefer you can also go to the Papal Nuncio (ambassador) at Mbuya (opposite the barracks). Just tell them what it is about and you will be seen.

        ANOTHER THING you MAY not know is that the 2009 public allegations against Fr Musaala (and other priests) were not the first – others went through the official channels. He was then put under investigation. He wanted to be transferred out of the Archdiocese – this is a practice that got the American Church in to trouble (shunting the issues around instead of dealing with them) and he was not permitted. The Archbishop’s recent decisions following that process are the trigger for Fr Musaala’s recent outburst. Fortunately or unfortunately the Archbishop is not going to tussle it out in the media so you only hear one side.

        FINALLY, see this brief piece on Youtube.

        I cannot vouch for its accuracy but the producer says his father is called Alexander Basima and in 2012 he gave his address as

        1 Lancefield House, Nunhead Lane Peckham Rye SE15 3UB London UK.

        God bless you.

        1. I dont think the article suggests that celibacy is the cause of sexual abuse amongst minors. How are we to know whether or not its a contributing factor- nothing you suggest in your comment proves otherwise? I dont know the answer to that and will not purport to know it after reading a few unscientific articles. AND the fact that non celibate clergy also have indulged in sexual abuse means nothing to your argument.

  7. Fr. Musala is absolutely right bt carries a lot of anger nad vendetta in his accusation and thet explains why he went to the media than confronting the archbishop head on.

    The arcbishop has a lot of work to do….
    6r.Musala should also come up with a list of priest that hv died of aids

  8. so Fr . all this is done for the sake of revenge. and you are the one who have for years preached The word of God..Just a counsel of a fellow christian in stead of adding oil on fire please seat downs and ask yourself what you want because over talking iwill not save you . neither axposing others will not make your being gay less evil. U know wa totally agree with you that sexual abuse is totally wrong but if i may ask you have you ever tried to approach your brothers priets who are involved in it since you seem to know them and advise them? because that is what the bible prescribes to us. if you did soand assume they did not listen to you did you try to call on some few elders of the church even if they are lay to help you to advise them?if all these were done and they refused then you will have brought to all the christians to know them and we should have considered them as pagans . but dear father you did not what the bible that you preach says that. a last question is you say that chastity is not possible, yet you have been a priest for may years how many women have you run if you are not a gay and can’t practice chastity. man you have totally failed any way i will pray for you so that at least try to listen to your inner voice . that is if you can

    1. There is a differnce between revenge and justice and fairness; I think you have failed to read clearly. The Fr. seems to me to be saying that hypocrisy needs to be exposed. You may call it revenge because you fail to see the global imjustice of it?

      1. Melanie you are not listening. The injustice is a given and Catholics are outraged by it.

        We are also outraged by predators who reinvent themselves as champions of the victims.
        Don’t be one of those telescopic philanthropists who think they know everything going on in faraway places.

        1. I have written the story and am entitled to my commentary. The greatest injustice is to the children and victims around the world in the thousands who have been raped, molested and defiled by Catholic clergy. The greater injustice is the thousands of unreported cases where people hde behind gold and glitter of the Church and get clean away with it. I dont give a rats ass about those who are outraged by Fr. Anthony’s expose of the truth. I care deeply about those who have been mentally and physically hurt and am disgusted by the Catholic hierarchy that hid and continues to hide the truth. I think Fr. Anthony’s voice is a small brave voice and if it brings attention from the inside of the Church, then he is doing what so many failed to do. To suggest even tacitly that Fr Anthony is a predator means that you have bough into the accusations against Fr Anthony which have yet to be proved. His accusers wont face him even with Archbishop on their side in persecuting one of his own- pure scapegoating – sorry your “concern” does not wash with me and herald your own ostrich with his head in the ground attitude.

          1. Melanie,

            The alarm you display at discovering there is more to this than meets the eye is the same alarm felt by us Catholics when we discovered the truth. I have not bought in to anything. What have you bought in to? Who are you really defending?

            Patronising the bearer of unpalatable news is so pre-1990.

            1. Ndiwabene – Plenty of evidence around the world of Catholic priests abusing children . Here you have your OWN Priest exposing the very same thing that others have been found guilty of around the world. Its not just me – most people I know would believe this in a heart beat because its systemic. In fact we are hearing that even the Archbishop of Uganda himself has now agreed to investigate in exchange for Fr Anthony’s silence – I dont care if its pre Dinosaur – I believe it – the Catholic Church has earned this with its proven cover ups around the world. So what makes Uganda different? Of course I believe as many do. Keep your head in the ground and let them get away withg hurting woman, girls and boys if that makes you feel good about your religion!

        2. What makes Fr Musaala a predator?

          Sexual acts are either consented to or not. Since he did not abuse minors, or commit rape, it must be assumed that any sex he had with his partners was consensual. So why should a party which consents to a sexual act with Father Musaala thereafter portray himself as a ”victim” of predatory priest?

          Secondly there must be clearly triable evidence (rather than accusations) of Fr Musaala’s predatory sexual nature and behaviour, particularly in the cases brought to light. Is it undeniable that all were directly preyed upon by him as said?

          I do not know the circumstances of the persons he is alleged to have preyed upon, or what his relationship was with them. However, predation is not to be presumed because of the matter or manner of being enticed, pressured nor manipulated into sex, for whatever reason, so long as this was not by violent compulsion, unconsented to, and so long as both parties had full use of reason…

          Also, If a benefit for sex has been promised and consented to, by an alleged ”victim”, implicitly or explicitly, regardless of whether they received it or not, the notion of ”victim” becomes absurd, since it is absurd for a consenting victim to make a compensatory claim. Fr Musaala cannot be a predator where there are no credible witnesses who are ”victims” of his predatory acts.
          .

          That Fr Musaala may be a vow-breaking gay priest, does not make him a predator. Priests are gay or straight, and either of them may break their vows. Shall we say that other priests who have concubines and children are predators too? Why do we not hear of those predator priests, whose offspring are known

          You and others may wish to portray Fr Musaala as a predator, either as a kind of blackmail and defamation, or because you cannot accept that he is a gay catholic priest, with imperfections, who has at least some contributions to make to save an imploding top-heavy abusive organization, which the catholic church often appears to be.

          In other words you have bought into the toxic conflictedness of catholic heterosexual hypocrisy and deep seated homophobia. No doubt you have one or two skeletons of your own in the closet….Just keep the guilt going on low heat.

  9. there is no reason why the archbishop banned father Anthony. He is right. i also know of two priests who have children and lovers.we are tired of hyocrites in the catholic church
    priests are supposed to follow christ’s example. he never married

  10. That Fr. Musala talks of unfaithful among priests is no news. The real news is that he perhaps is one those who enjoy it. He has been dancing and contesting for perishable laurels. Let him swear if he has won eternal life. What did he do as a priest to tell his colleagues to change their lifestyle? What does the Bible talk about “brotherly correction”? If indeed Fr Musala is completely pure from the 6th commandment, let him and all his supporters be the first to throw their stones. The fact is that faithfulness to chaste life is a challenge to all human beings. The married are not really spared. Everyone is called to try and strive.

  11. that guys mind must be outdated by now..why the world would he keep quiet for all this long for..some stuff cannot be solved publicly father musaala you should know that from the theology you had…just accept the canan law to take action

  12. Fr Musaala,the Lord is with you,don’t be afraid of the man of flesh,the truth is going to set you free.lam going to join you in prayers,everything will be well with you very soon

  13. Four important concerns push forward:
    1. Protect children from clergy who use their power and authority to rape, abuse and molest.
    2. Victims and survivors of clergy abuse of children must be supported and helped.
    3. Clergy abusers need to be prosecuted in criminal courts, removed from ministry and all access to children.
    4. Those in church authority (bishops and cardinals) who have covered up sex crimes against children need to be prosecuted and removed from all positions of authority.
    Other considerations:
    1. Any investigation by the church must be made publicly available. Any and all criminals prosecuted.
    2. Reach out to those parishes where crimes have been committed by clergy to heal those who have been abused as children and are suffering in silence and solitude.

    To survivors of child abuse, I want to assure you that you are not alone. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse by clergy are standing up and fighting back around the world. See: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, http://www.SNAPnetwork.org

  14. Mrs Margaret Veronica Nabakooza Kiyaga, Omega, WIFE OF GOD,
    5A Warwick Road,
    LONDON,
    SW5 9UL, UK.TO: THE WHOLE WORLD
    CATHOLIC PRIESTS MAY MARRY.
    I, Margaret Veronica Nabakooza Kiyaga, have on this day 11th May 2013, been given Authority by Almighty God, in my Divine Capacity as His Wife Omega,and it gives me profound pleasure,to promulgate the new lawthat from hence forwardRoman Catholic priests may marry.
    I, therefore, take this opportunity to congratulate all those Roman Catholic priests who have remained steadfast in their Vow of Celibacy in love, fidelity and obedient service to their God. God bless you all.
    Celibacy, especially when it is concecrated to God in His Service, is a holy state. Those priests who wish to continue serving God and their fellow man in the state of celibacy should not, under any circumstances, feel obliged to marry.
    Celibacy has been falsely blamed for the activities of satanists who have, over the centuries, inflitrated the holy Catholic Church and committed all sorts of atrocities against their congregations and each other, including fornication, homosexuality, paedophilia, even murder and all sorts of debauchery! These are satan’s manipulationsdesigned to dishearten God’s people and His holy servants and to dishonour God’s Name. Reject satan in all your sacraments, including Matrimony!
    St. Zachariah was a holy priest and remained one until his death. He was married. In his 90s he fathered the holy and greatly revered St. John the Baptist. Marriage does NOT diminish holiness. Quite often it adds to it.
    Those priests who wish to marry may keep both sacraments, Holy Ordination and Holy Matrimony. Both are given in true love and service and that is how they are to be celebrated and enjoyed. If any priest marries a woman, only to ‘cook, clean, wash and iron his shirts and give him sex’ , he does not deserve either sacrament and will lose both of them. Marry for love, for God’s sake!
    God be praised and glorified forever! Amen.

    With Love and God’s Blessings.
    (Margaret Veronica Nabakooza Kiyaga)Omega,WIFE OF GOD.

      1. Melanie, Thank you for your comment. I hope you and yours are encouraged by my message. God bless. Mega Katonda Afirika, Omega, WIFE OF GOD.

        1. Well I too have a direct line to G-d so we have something in common – except my G-d – and I a wondering if this could be the same as your your G-d – may be sending us mixed messages- G-d has told me, “Melanie homosexuals are my creation. Heterosexuals are my creation. There is no difference. My message about Sodom and Gemorrah has been misinterpreted. There we are talking in the context of rape and war and debauchery of men at war with each other. It has nothing to do with my acceptance of the various sexualities which I created. As long as they (just like heterosexual people) do not hurt anyone through war, idol worship, hate speech, rape, – all will be well in the Universal World of my creation.

          1. Oh and God said: “Yes this is a modern world – things have changed since those ol’ Bible days… in fact I am writing a new edition just to get you fundamentalist types up to speed. seeing as you have done such an awesome job of misinterpreting my word.. So here is my suggestion – Let us celebrate the same-gender marriages with the Catholic priest marriages – I am indeed pro-marriage and for everyone.” Imagine that!

          2. Thank you for your comment. The Lord God has answered thus: Yes, I created all humans and all other creatures BUT I GAVE YOU HUMAN NATURE AND IN SPELT OUT RIGHTS AND WRONGS. It is right for two adults who are not otherwise related by blood and each of the opposite sex to the other to fall in love and marry. They have sex with the prescribed anatomy and promulgate the human race. It is wrong to have sex outside of this prescription and your HUMAN NATURE should recognise this automatically. Homosexuality is one of the sexual practices that DELIBERATELY NEGATES HUMAN NATURE. That is why it is called SATANISM
            It is NOT of God as you appear to suggest.

            Mega Katonda Afirika,WIFE OF GOD.

              1. Melanie, thank you for your question. The Lord God appeared to me on the 20th February 1993 and stopped me marrying someone else who he identified to me as a satanist. He asked me to marry Him instead. Later on He appeared to me again and informed me that I have always been His Wife and that I am on earth to help Him with His Work of Salvation for the world. Regards. Mega.

                1. PHEW!!! Well thank God the Lord has a wife for an awful moment I thought he was a GAY!!!

  15. The service to people is always difficult. If Jesus the son of God was accused by man, who are u then not to be? Take courage brother.

  16. I want to be in contact with you fr Musala about the fruits of the last rally you had in 2003 mansa zambia

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