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Ugandan priest suspended after citing widespread violations of priestly celibacy

March 25, 2013

A popular Catholic priest in Uganda has been suspended from ministry after he released an open letter charging that many priests in the African country are sexually active, and called for a reconsideration priestly celibacy.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala announced that he was suspending Father Anthony Musaala because his public statement “damages the good morals of the Catholic believers and faults the Church’s teaching.”

"It is an open secret that many Catholic priests and some bishops, in Uganda and elsewhere, no longer live celibate chastity," Father Musaala had said.

The suspended priest said that he would appeal to Archbishop Michael Blume, the apostolic nuncio in Uganda, hoping to have his suspension lifted.


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