Catholics suspend priest for blowing whistle on sex abuse of minors in Africa

The Catholic Church reportedly suspended a Ugandan priest for blowing the whistle on child sex abuse in that country.  The priest was told to apologize and help cover up the crimes, because, he was advised, that’s what one is supposed to do.  He refused, and got suspended.

The priest is named Anthony Musaala.  And the LA Times reports that he was suspended indefinitely by the archbishop of Kampala for blowing the whistle on child sex abuse, among other wrongdoing, in Uganda.

To appreciate why the Catholic Church is so upset with Musaala, you have to appreciate something about Africans and child sex abuse – they (at least their Catholic leaders) think it’s a white thing.  I wrote a while back about Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson, who was reportedly on the short list for Pople, who recently said that pedophilia isn’t a problem in the African church because being gay is a white thing (so many levels of ignorance in that one statement).

Father Musaala via a YouTube video.

Father Musaala via a YouTube video.

As we know, the Catholic church is bad enough on confronting the child-rapists in its midst.  But throw in the African notion that homosexuality (which is how they incorrectly define pedophilia) is a white thing, and you have a perfect storm of denial.

The church actually asked Musaala to apologize for spilling the beans on the child sexual abuse:

Indeed, after Musaala’s letter became public, a Catholic government minister close to the archbishop advised him to apologize. “He said, ‘You spent a lot of time in England and you have been here for 17 years, but you’ve never quite understood the kind of environment in which we live here,'” Musaala said in a telephone interview. “‘And the kind of things you are trying to say just do not fit well in this kind of environment.'”

Stopping the rape of children doesn’t fit well with the Catholic Church?  Yeah, we kind of already knew that.

It’s really quite abominable that the church isn’t facing more of a legal challenge internationally because of its poor treatment of the abuse cases. Imagine any other institution continuing to aid and abet the rape of young children – children as young as five years of age – and not be the subject of a RICO indictment and international sanctions.

The very notion that the Catholic church has the nerve to even rear its head in moral debates, such as its recent nastygrams it sent President Obama about including gay couples in immigration reform, shows that not nearly enough has been done to force the church to repent.  There’s still far too much hubris in Rome, and Kampala.

If the Vatican doesn’t intervene and reinstate Anthony Musaala, we’ll know all we need to know about the new Pope.

You can see Father Masaala talk about his suspension here:

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41 Responses to “Catholics suspend priest for blowing whistle on sex abuse of minors in Africa”

  1. Bob Heaney says:

    Many catholics are simply ignorant, not evil. Its not the religious who are the main problem, it’s religion itself.

  2. Concerned Catholic says:

    As a seeker of the truth, you might want to listen a bit more to the Catholic Church’s side of things.

    In case you did 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

    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. The
    Archbishop’s recent decisions following that process are the trigger for
    Fr Musaala’s outburst.

    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.

    I would like to clarify celibacy
    does not cause sexual abuse of minors, see the evidence

    Baptists (not celibate)…/8150-clerg…

    Anglicans (not celibate) Study of Reported Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church u]…/.

    Episcopalians (not celibate) Sexual Abuse in the Episcopal Church…/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…/the-grow…

    Moslems (not celibate) BBC News – Stoke-on-Trent Muslim sexual abuse cleric jailed…/uk-england-s

    God bless you.

  3. Lynne Newington says:

    In Australia, one priest who blew the whistle was treated so badly he took his own life.
    Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself here.
    Insidiously “a Catholic government minister close to the archbishop told him to apologise”, one way or another it’s the same story world wide, at least the Australia prime minister called a nationwide Royal Commission into abuse when having her nose rubbed in it, apart from one or two, on all sides sitting on their hands, a non-Catholic too.
    Imagine when we become a republic!

  4. olandp says:

    That is why I do it over and over and over.

  5. Lucas says:

    Even the people that believe in Magic “God/Gods” don’t deserve to have innocent children harmed…

  6. Ross Miller says:

    if you’re going to rape their minds with religion, what is the difference if you rape their bodies as well?

    Why don’t you teach your children logical and critical thinking instead of trying to convince them that fairy tales are real?

  7. karmanot says:


  8. karmanot says:


  9. This is so tragic, The church officials do not want the truth to be exposed. Could it be because they have so much to hide?

    If a priest gets suspended from his ministry for speaking up to expose the child sex abuse in Africa or in any country, there is something very wrong with the Catholic church system. What they preach and what they do are two different things.

    Anthony Musaala is to be commended for his courage, and hopefully others will have the courage to speak up and get this abuse of power and this sex abuse of innocent children stopped.

    It is time for the ICC the “International Criminal Court” at the Hague to get involved and charge those higher up officials at the Vatican for crimes against humanity. This has gone far enough.

    Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day,

    Judy Jones, SNAP “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” 636-433-2511, [email protected]

  10. dave3137 says:

    We don’t have bullying. We don’t have drug abuse. We don’t have sexual abuse. We don’t know our asses from a hole in the ground. (I think so many people who lead organizations which deal with kids has to take that oath. I guess it’s the “Hypocritic” Oath in which PR trumps morals.) Been there as a former Catholic who was abused, and as a teacher who saw “denial” as the standard response of administration.

  11. Sweetie says:

    By rule, I mean it was culturally normal for most. And in some, most men engaged in homosexual sex sometime during their lives, often during adolescence.

  12. Sweetie says:

    There’s a good historical meta-analysis of anthropological research that demonstrates that homosexuality was the rule, rather than the exception, in Africa. Western colonial influence (and Muslim influence) is what has rewritten the history to be Africa don’t have no homosexuals.

  13. Ninong says:

    Good analogy.

  14. Papa Bear says:

    So the Church WILL act if the crime is bad enough — that’s good to know…

  15. BeccaM says:

    A predator is a predator.

  16. karmanot says:

    “they can depend on being protected from the law. They keep their jobs, are moved to fresh target-rich hunting grounds,—-” No wonder I am thinking, ‘vampires.’

  17. karmanot says:

    Who would give a s**t about laicization, except those still trapped in the culture of RCC brainwashing?

  18. karmanot says:

    It certainly makes sense. The RCC believes virgins conceive by a ghost and that Jesus is a cannibal feast at every Mass.—-perfect segue into magic, witches and medicine men.

  19. karmanot says:

    In the tradition of the Medici and Borgia.

  20. BeccaM says:

    What’s both infuriating and tragic is that same story with just a few details changed can describe thousands of cases over the last century — and no doubt going back much further than that.

    At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if deviants, rapists, and pedophiles join the Catholic clergy precisely because they know that if they’re caught, they can depend on being protected from the law. They keep their jobs, are moved to fresh target-rich hunting grounds, and are told in the end all they have to do is Confess and they’ll be entitled to eternal bliss in Heaven. “Meanwhile, Father Badtouch, could you please at least give the appearance of trying to hide what you’re up to in the rectory basement? The hush-money settlements are getting expensive and we’re running out of places that haven’t heard of you.”


  21. Ninong says:

    It took Cardinal Ratzinger, then-Prefect of CDF, years to grant Oakland Bishop John Cummins’ request to laicize Fr. Stephen Kiesle, a priest who had pled no contest to charges that he molested two boys, in spite of the fact that Kiesle himself agreed with the request.

    Ratzinger’s excuse was that he needed more time to consider the impact of the case on “the good of the Universal Church.” He worried about the “detriment that laicization can provoke with the Community of Christ’s faithful.”

    Bishop Cummins wrote to the CDF on July 7, 1982 requesting laicization of Kiesle. Ratzinger replied on November 17, 1981 requesting more information. Cummins sent the requested additional information to Ratzinger on February 11, 1982. On September 24, 1982, Cummins wrote a letter to the CDF asking the status of the request and was informed that no information could be supplied at this time.

    Then on September 13, 1985, Cummins wrote again to CDF asking what was taking so long. That’s when Ratzinger wrote in his November 6, 1985 reply that he needed more time to consider the detriment granting such a request could provoke with the Community of Christ’s faithful. In other words, he was worried that if the Vatican granted the request, the congregation would then accept that maybe Fr. Kiesle really was guilty as charged in spite of the fact that the congregation already knew that he had pled no contest to the charges.

    Yes, because as everyone knows, we must “considerare una cum cratoris etiam Ecclesiae Universalis bonum, et ideo parvi facere nequit detrimenta, quae dispensationis concessio in christifidelium communitate provocare potest, atienta iuvenili praesertim oratoris aetate.”

    CDF likes to reply in Latin just for the heck of it. Then the local bishop has to get their best Latin scholar to double-check their translation just to make sure they didn’t misinterpret anything.

    Ratzinger finally approved the request in 1987 after years of “considering” the effects this might have on the reputation of the Catholic Church. All of the correspondence between the Diocese of Oakland and the Vatican was published in the NY Times. They received copies of it from the attorneys for one of Kiesle’s victims.

    Kiesle was a classic pedophile. He was accused of abusing at least half a dozen young girls during the 1960’s and 1970’s but the charges were dropped with SCOTUS struck down a California law that extended the statute of limitations on child molestation cases. The two charges that he did admit involved two young boys he raped in two separate incidents, both involved him tying up the boys and then assaulting them. In 2004 Kiesle pled guilty to a felony charge of molesting a child at his vacation home in Truckee, California in 1995 and was sentenced to six years in prison.

  22. BeccaM says:

    ‘Brides of Jesus’ indeed, eh?

  23. BeccaM says:

    It is funny, isn’t it, how all those special dispensations are coming home to roost. It’s been known for decades that the Catholic Church in Africa had very different — and very loose — rules regarding celibacy and the catechism. As if they thought no one would notice they’d revived their old Dark Ages practice of absorbing local beliefs and practices.

  24. UncleBucky says:

    Well, for good reason Catholics don’t like to give money. However, the RCC never learned the guilt tricks that Thumpers developed to build their megachurches.

  25. karmanot says:

    Traditionally, the RCC is a worldwide rentier.

  26. UncleBucky says:

    Oh, good, because I qualify. But I think it’s because the RCC “left” me first. No matter, done deal!

  27. UncleBucky says:

    Nope, they don’t like heretics of their prized Paulism (what Christianity really is)…

  28. karmanot says:

    “systematic crimes of sexual abuse in their own ranks.” It’s systemic and part of a culture that glorifies ritualized cannibalism, the impregnation of women by a ghost, who is part of the patriarchal Trinity and celibate eunuchs, who are ‘experts’ on intimate family matters.

  29. Ninong says:

    I remember reading years ago about some African nuns who complained that they were being “used” sexually by the local priests and they were told in no uncertain terms to just STFU.

  30. karmanot says:

    The RCC in Africa is only a breath away from witch doctor status and they like it that way. The sexual abuse scandal in Africa will make the US and Irish ‘unpleasantness’ look positively amateurish by comparison.

  31. Ninong says:

    His sin is that he is saying publicly what everyone — including at the Vatican — already knows and that is that the Catholic Church in Africa has always allowed priests to have mistresses and even father children as long as they try to hide it just a little.

  32. BeccaM says:

    The Roman Catholic Church has learned nothing — and from this, it should be obvious to all they do not wish to learn. Image and PR always take precedence over ending systematic crimes of sexual abuse in their own ranks.

  33. nicho says:

    Agreed. The fact that they try to tell other people how to live their lives — and the roof doesn’t collapse on their heads — tells me there is no god.

  34. nicho says:

    Catholics don’t tithe. In fact, most Catholics are quite stingy.

  35. This guy’s sin wasn’t “blowing the whistle”. His solution to the problem is what will doom him.

    *** Speaking of moral transgression, the church has perhaps been the major culprit. For example, the now infamous dossier by celebrity Catholic priest, Father Anthony Musaala, has thrust the church in bad light. Musaala’s call for the Catholic Church to abolish the celibacy vow “because it has lost meaning since priests are fathering children, have secret wives and are engaged in homosexuality” might have castigated him as a rebel but many have found some truth in it. ***

    The Vatican won’t excommunicate genocidal murderers or pedophile priests, but question the Dogma, and you’re on their **** list.

  36. fritzrth says:

    I hate shouting … most of the time. This time I’m in total agreement. It needs to be shouted not only in blogs, but on news programs, in the newspapers, from church pews, everywhere and every time a catholic deacon, brother, priest, bishop, cardinal, pope dares show his face to pronounce some moral dogma that everyone except them is required to follow. Well hollered, olandp!

  37. Trish says:

    I am elated that a prominent African Priest has blown the whistle on the rampant sex abuse in Africa via the catholic church. Don’t get me wrong, the Catholic Church has done great work in Africa and they continue to do so compared to other churches and organizations. However, as an African person that went to catholic schools in Africa, this is a serious big problem. I personally know of school mates in this predicament including the many rumours and accusations over the years. We should stand by this man for the sake of innocent children all over Africa that are voiceless.

  38. CSStrowbridge says:

    If you are a Catholic, you are an evil person. If you were a good person, you would have left the Catholic church years ago.

  39. S1AMER says:

    Why does this not surprise me?

  40. olandp says:


  41. lynchie says:

    No surprise here. The church wants to bury any negative publicity it only hurts tithing and the and tax free status they enjoy.

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