Suspended priest’s Palm Sunday greeting for refugees

The Rev. Anthony Musaala offers palm fronds. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
The Rev. Anthony Musaala offers palm fronds. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

The Rev. Anthony Musaala remains active as a spiritual guide for refugees from Uganda, including LGBT people fleeing threats of violence in their homeland.

He continues to support his dispersed flock, even though the church suspended him from priestly duties in 2013 after  he wrote a letter to his archbishop criticizing sexual abuses and sexual activity by supposedly celibate clergy members.

Yesterday, on Palm Sunday, he published a photo of himself on Facebook, holding out a handful of palm fronds. He wrote:

TO THE REFUGEES ON PALM SUNDAY

It’s Palm Sunday. I am holding that palm for you to say that like Jesus you are royal too.

Hosana ! to you as you ride that donkey of the process to your resettlement.

Some will laugh coz kings sit on horses not donkeys. Others will cheer and support, like me.

Whatever the case, STAY ON THE DONKEY till you reach Jerusalem.

Touch the screen and shout AMEN!

Fifty people responded in comments on Facebook:

Amen!

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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