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Shocking Revelations Of Sexual Abuse Of Nuns By Priests And Bishops

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Revelations that a prominent U.S. cardinal sexually abused and harassed his adult seminarians have exposed an egregious abuse of power that has shocked Catholics on both sides of the Atlantic. But the Vatican has long been aware of its heterosexual equivalent — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops — and done little to stop it, an Associated Press analysis has found.

An examination by the AP shows that cases of abused nuns have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the sisters’ second-class status in the church and their ingrained subservience to the men who run it.

Yet some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the #MeToo movement and the growing recognition that even adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. The sisters are going public in part to denounce years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s.

“It opened a great wound inside of me,” one nun told the AP. “I pretended it didn’t happen.” Wearing a full religious habit and clutching her rosary, the woman broke nearly two decades of silence to tell AP about the moment in 2000 when the priest to whom she was confessing her sins forced himself on her, mid-sacrament.

The assault — and a subsequent advance by a different priest a year later — led her to stop going to confession with any priest other than her spiritual father, who lives in a different country. The extent of the abuse of nuns is unclear, at least outside the Vatican. However, this week, about half a dozen sisters in a small religious congregation in Chile went public on national television with their stories of abuse by priests and other nuns — and how their superiors did nothing to stop it.

A nun in India recently filed a formal police complaint accusing a bishop of rape, something that would have been unthinkable even a year ago. And cases in Africa have come up periodically; in 2013, for example, a well-known priest in Uganda wrote a letter to his superiors that mentioned “priests romantically involved with religious sisters” — for which he was promptly suspended from the church until he apologized in May.

“I am so sad that it took so long for this to come into the open, because there were reports long ago,” Karlijn Demasure, one of the church’s leading experts on clergy sexual abuse and abuse of power, told AP in an interview.

The Vatican declined to comment on what measures, if any, it has taken to assess the scope of the problem globally, or to punish offenders and care for victims. A Vatican official said it is up to local church leaders to sanction priests who sexually abuse sisters.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the issue, said the church has focused much of its attention on protecting children, but that vulnerable adults “deserve the same protection.”

“Consecrated women have to be encouraged to speak up when they are molested,” the official told AP. “Bishops have to be encouraged to take them seriously, and make sure the priests are punished if guilty.”

But being taken seriously is often the toughest obstacle for sisters who are sexually abused, said Demasure, until recently executive director of the church’s Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the church’s leading think tank on the issue.

“They (the priests) can always say ‘she wanted it,’” Demasure said. Demasure said many priests in Africa, for example, struggle with traditional and cultural beliefs in the importance of having children. Novices are particularly vulnerable because they often need a letter from their parish priest to be accepted into certain religious congregations.

“And sometimes they have to pay for that,” she said. And when these women become pregnant?

“Mainly, she has an abortion. Even more than once. And he pays for that. A religious sister has no money. A priest, yes,” she said. There can also be a price for blowing the whistle.

In 2013, the Rev. Anthony Musaala in Kampala, Uganda, wrote a letter to members of the local Catholic establishment about “numerous cases” of alleged sex liaisons of priests, including with nuns. He was suspended until he issued an apology in May, even though Ugandan newspapers regularly report cases of priests caught in sex escapades.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, leader of the Ugandan conference of bishops, told the AP that allegations against individual priests should not be used to smear the whole church. “Individual cases must be treated as individual cases,” he said. The reports in the 1990s were prepared by members of religious orders for top church officials. In 1994, the late Sr. Maura O’Donohue wrote about a six-year, 23-nation survey, in which she learned of 29 nuns who had been impregnated in a single congregation.

Nuns, she reported, were considered “safe” sexual partners for priests fearing infection with HIV from prostitutes or other women.

The reports were never meant to be made public, but the U.S. National Catholic Reporter put them online in 2001. To date, the Vatican hasn’t said what, if anything, it ever did with the information.
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Stop Playing Childish Politics, Work For Your People – KCCA ED Musisi Tells Politicians

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The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula has urged politicians to stop talking too much but rather copy other people who are not Ugandans but are doing good work for the general public.

Jennifer Musisi has been commissioning a maternity ward at Kitebi Health Centre lll in Rubaga Division built by the Indian Association of Uganda. The Indian Association has spent one hundred sixty million shillings on the Maternity ward and it will be working on about one hundred women per day.

Dr. Okello, the acting director of health in KCCA says that before the Indian Women Association came to their rescue, many women have been delivering on the floor.

“More than 460 deliveries are done at Kitebi Health Centre lll. It’s one of the biggest hospitals that the people in this area use because it’s equivalent to a referral hospital like Mulago. Many people are now running away from the private hospitals to KCCA hospitals because they are now conducive and have all items that are needed by the patients,” Jennifer said.

The high commissioner for the Indian community in the country assured the Musisi that they are going to continue working together with KCCA to see that the health sector develops and they have a plan of constructing a theater to reduce the distance that women move to Mulago .

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Bobi Wine Was Found With A Gun, He Is Going To Face Military Court Martial – Gen. Moses Ali

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Government through the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali has revealed that Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Kyagulanyi will be aligned before the Gulu Court Martial tomorrow.

Addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Gen. Moses Ali said that Kyagulanyi was found in possession of a fire arm and will thus be aligned before the Court martial. Gen. Ali’s response came after the house was suspended for an hour following demand by legislators on a clear state and whereabouts of their fellow legislators.

“Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was flown to Gulu Military Hospital for medical care but he is now okay; he was found with a gun and will be found aligned before the General Court martial in Gulu tomorrow,” Gen. Ali said. Moses Ali refuted allegations that the MPs were tortured adding that they are all in good shape.

The other four MPs will appear before the Chief Magistrate Court in Gulu tomorrow and their files are being processed by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

KADAGA SUSPENDED HOUSE

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga first suspended the House over what she described as the illegal detention of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Gerald Karuhanga, Francis Zaake and Paul Mwiru. The Speaker suspended the House for one hour as she waited for an explanation from the responsible ministry. Meanwhile, reliable sources had revealed that Hon Robert Kyagulanyi in bad state.

Reports indicated that his situation had worsened and that his body was lying lifeless! On the other hand, Hon. Zaake is also not doing well. But unlike Kyagulanyi, he can speak and can understand what is going on. The MPs were arrested alongside Kassiano Wadri after the Arua fracas on Monday in which Bobi Wine’s driver Kawuma Yasin was killed.

MP Zaake displays his wounds

 

By Stella Mugoya

 

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I Want My Husband Dead Or Alive – Barbie Gives Government 48-Hour Ultimatum

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Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, the wife to incarcerated Kyandondo east member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has given the government a 48-hour ultimatum to produce
her husband dead or alive.

Addressing a joint news conference with family relatives and Bugiri municipality MP Asuman Basaalirwa this morning, The soft spoken Barbie Itungo says that they will announce the next course of action if her Hubby is not released within 48 hours.

“The honorable member of parliament, representative of Kyadondo East, is missing, the latest we have as a family and his wife is a New Vision headline reading; ‘Bobi Wine held in military barracks’. My husband is not and has never been in the military, he has no military experience, does not even know how to use a gun and he can’t even differentiate the different guns out there. I wonder why he is held in a barracks, what has he done to deserve this?” Barbie said.

Barbie (C) with Asuman Basaalirwa (L)

Kyagulanyi’s elder brother Eddie Yawe also added that Bobi’s family needs to know his where abouts since some reports indicate that he is being held at Pondo barracks in Arua while other media reports show that he is at Bombo barracks.

Kyagulanyi is among the four MPs arrested on Monday over chaos that ensued on the last day of the campaigns for Arua Municipality that left his driver Kawuma Yasin dead. Other MP’s in custody are Francis Zaake, Gerald Karuhanga and Paul Mwiru.

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