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By Janet E. Smith, Crisis Magazine, May 28, 2024

Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired professor of moral theology.

[Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns on Dr. Smith’s three-week visit to Uganda, where she spoke at six seminaries.]


A first-hand report on how the issue of homosexuality is handled by Catholics in the country of Uganda.

Janet E. SmithLast summer, when Fr. Alex Mugalaasi from Uganda invited me to visit to speak in five seminaries, each with 250 seminarians and about 20 priest faculty, I jumped at the proposal. And, oh, am I happy that I did! It was clearly an opportunity of a lifetime and a divine appointment.

The Church in Uganda is strong and needs to stay strong; it is under powerful attack from Western influence which wants it to ditch “traditional values” and embrace the LGBTQ+ agenda of the West.

I was hoping I could make a contribution by alerting them to the dangers they face from the West and also by deepening their understanding of these key matters—while urging that they develop a compassionate response to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. ….

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