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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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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Tycoon Kiconco Vows To fight Lusanja residents Till Death After Court Declared Eviction Illegal

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Juice Manufacturing Tycoon Medard Kiconco has vowed to fight Lusanja locals and make them vomit his land after court declared his evictions illegal.
Kiconco told the media that even though he had lost the case against Lusanja residents in the High Court, he is not going to rest until he regains his land. “I am not happy with today’s Ruling because Court told me to go back to the High Court and file my application to possess my land. I am telling you I bought the land genuinely,” Kiconco said.

He said that he used his saving to buy the land in question and rubbished allegations that he grabbed it.
While Kiconco was lamenting, Lusanja residents were chest thumping and jubilating, they swore never to leave the land now that court has supported their cause.
Samuel Kibuuka, the LC1 told journalist that they are not only going to reposes their land and build back their house which were demolished by Kiconco, they are also going to open criminal charges against him. Kibuuka said that they are going to make sure that Kiconco produces the person behind him who gives him security everytime he is evicting them. He added that many people lost their properties during the eviction, pregnant women now sleep outside in the cold, young girls were raped and other atrocities were committed by Kiconco’s men.
He asked court to heavily punish Kiconco and order him to compensate them for all the properties they lost during the eviction. “That Animal Kiconco should also be imprisoned, the man has a lot of impunity, maybe he has big people behind him who he must produce,” Kibuuka said. Abdullah Kiwanuka, one of the lawyers representing Lusanja residents revealed that since Court declared that the eviction was illegally carried out, they are going to file fresh Court suit against Kiconco to force him to compensate their client. High Court Judge John Keitirima ruled that Nabweru chief Magistrate Rebecca Nasambu errored when he issued an order order on Block 206 plot 671 Kyadondo, which is not in her jurisdiction.
The judge said that he failed to determine whether Nasambu evaluated the properties on the land as a magistrate . He wondered why the magistrate failed to honour the Chief Justice’s orders against Magistrate to first visit the locus before issuing an order. He said that if Nasambu had visited the locus, she would have discovered that the land has a lot of people on it, who were going to be affected by her decision.
The judge also noted that Kiconco did not serve the residents he was going to evict, he wondered how a landlord like Kiconco could fail to serve the area chairperson because he did not know the right one. The judge finally declared the entire process illegal.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kyambogo University Graduation Ends Today

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Kyambogo graduads pose for a photo

The Kyambogo University is slated to graduate the last batch of students at the main campus in Nakawa division Kampala district with the graduation which started on Wednesday ending today with students from faculty of education, science and engineering slated to graduate.

The vice chancellor of the university Prof Eli Katunguka said that the transcripts and certificates for students are ready and students can start picking them starting next week and he also said that only those who have cleared their dues with the university are the only ones who will receive their papers.

The three days celebration has seen the university graduate over 8,000 students from various disciplines. Kyambogo University is today slated to graduate the last batch of students from the university campus in Nakawa division.

The three day graduation ceremony will see over 8,000 students graduate from various programs. With the Prof Katunguka explaining that the number of graduads increased from 7,000 to 8000 due to the addendum list and university has graduated 500 students with first class degrees with majority of them coming from vocational studies.

By Remmy Atugonza

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