CATHOLIC CHURCH IS ANGRY WITH THE MOVE TO INTRODUCE CONTRACEPTIVES TO 10 YEAR OLD CHILDREN.
By Charles Katabalwa
The Catholic Church has strongly criticized the activists who misguided the government to formulate Guidelines and Service Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights that requires all health facilities to provide quality family planning services to all adolescents irrespective of age and marital status.
The Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga says the guidelines were brought in bad faith due to selfish interests by the mutters and do not mind about the negative consequences the program will come with to the young generation.
Dr. Lwanga was addressing pilgrims at Entebbe Kigungu who converged for the annual celebrations to mark 138th anniversary since the coming of the white missionaries Fr. Laudel Mapeera and Br. Amans who landed at Lake Victoria shores at Kigungu behind Entebbe International Airport on February 17th 1879 to evangelize Uganda.
However the director general health services Dr. Anthony Mboye denied that as government they were planning to have children as young as 10 years old access family planning services as one of the means to reduce early pregnancies among adolescents saying the guidelines are under study but still their support is to abstinence for the young ones to delay pregnancies.
Earlier on the Pope Nuncio to Belgium in Brussels Archbishop Augustine Kasujja urged Christians to be wise and interpret situations of the time to avoid detractors who have started their own worship places claiming to be part of the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Kasujja said the foundation set by the fore fathers, the courage and suffering they underwent because of faith a few years after their arrival and their products now the Uganda Martyrs should give firm ground to Christians never to be misled by false prophets.
The mass was led by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala with co-celebrants,the Arch bishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Bishop Paul Ssemwogere of Kasana Luweero, Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa of Kiyinda Mityana and Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka diocese.