Saturday, April 1, 2023

The Catholic Church in Uganda; Missing in Action


Missing in Action?

The last couple of months have been eventful in Kuchu world terms; our world awash with commentary.
In casual conversation, the airwaves, (TV and radio, social media a flood); it was comments free for everyone. Know what voice has been missing?

The Catholic Church in Uganda. Missing in action.

I thought I had just missed it till this article surfaced. Of Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere of the Archdiocese of Kampala of an article on 29th March.

““Regarding what has come out of Parliament once we have the entire Bill, as Fathers of the Catholic Church we will come together to discuss that Bill and give the position of the Catholic Church in Uganda.””

Does it mean that the Catholic Church in Uganda has not weighed in on the Uganda’s Homosexuals Death bill? That is what it seems to imply.

The free for all occurring over the country has been deafening. For the Church not to have received its invitation to the party, it must have been blind, deaf and dumb!
Or is the Catholic Church playing blind, deaf and dumb? There are clear differences.

 Not even a consensus statement to date?

Why is input from the Catholic Church important?

[Ahem, ahem, why should it be important?
Maybe because I know Pope Francis’ take on the topic. I wait, bated breath, for their interpretation…]

But, some statistical input. via Crux

“Uganda is among the most heavily Catholic nations in Africa, with 40 percent of the population belonging to the church. By 2050 it’s projected to have the second-largest Catholic population on the continent, at 56 million.”

Indeed. Father Lokodo was a former Catholic priest. And I know the number of the Catholic faithful amongst the ‘500 plus’ MPs is considerable.

“one of the principal sponsors of the legislation, a Member of Parliament named Charles Onen, is a former Catholic priest who left the ministry to go into politics, and the speaker of the Ugandan parliament, Anita Annet Among, a major proponent of the bill, is also Catholic.”

The Catholic Church in Uganda is large and powerful. Indeed, it is very, very powerful. The Pentecostals might shout their lungs out, the Protestants go their quiet way, the Catholics in Uganda are a major force.

How come the Catholic Church in Uganda has not yet been able to release a statement on the Uganda Homosexuals Death bill? Must be stuck in the bureaucracy.

Or, why is the Church playing Blind, Deaf and Dumb?



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