A cry for peaceful co-exitence
Kindly allow me to express my sincere appreciation to Madam Cecile Kyenge Kashetu (first black cabinet minister in Italy). With your permission I would like to regard the act of Mr. Calderoli like that of Jude the Iscariot whose betrayal of Jesus brought us salvation. The manner in which Cecile responded clearly shows the abundance of wisdom behind the black skin. As she rise up I have no doubt that many black Africans, women and men will wake up to contribute towards a true peaceful co existence in the world.
Moral values hanged in Schools
Something is worrying my Christian and Catholic conscience in today’s media. Often there are media coverage of ‘Teen Beauty Contests’ and Inter-school Prom parties celebrated in extravagant manner. Various companies and organisations promote Miss Teen competitions and newspapers captitalize on these events in the name of ‘Teen Literature. These beauty contests receive elaborate coverage with many flashy photos and ambiguous comments of sexual and adult nature. Unfortunately, they are a common place in girls’ schools and more often in Church founded schools that are managed by nuns.
Newspapers publish photos of teenage students walking like couples-in-love, pose as adults in indecent and immodest costumes. They all portray adult behaviour with sexual connotation. The school administration often fund these programmes or receive generous sponsorship from rich companies promoting their products.
In the “Redpepper” September 2, a Senior Four girl is shown crowned as Miss Teen and the accompanying photos in the story shows young girls dancing with mini-shorts on the stage. The award giving ceremony boldly announces that the winner is a Senior Four girl from St. Joseph Girls, Nsambya. We need to question the moral education imparted to these young children; I wonder if the parents approve these events; is it morally right to portray minors in adult behaviour in media? We need to ask ourselves what kind of Christian and gospel values are we propagating through these activities? Do they support the policies of the Catholic institutions? These events are very unfortunate obstacles in our education and pastoral ministry. If “we evangelize through education and we educate through evangelization”; these activities, events, and the accompanying media reports and coverage does not educate and evangelize.
Fr. Lazar Arasu SDB
Learn but don’t copy the Whites
I want to respond to the article that appeared in Daily Monitor on September 3, 2013 with title, “Stop copying white, says Museveni” I totally agree with the President. We should not copy the Whites but we should learn from them.
The president has visited a number of countries in the Western world and I am sure he knows that we need to learn from them in a number of aspects. Take an example of time management. Many Ugandans or Africans in general, lack the concept of keeping time. Many people including high ranking officials can set time to start a function but they arrive three or four hours afterwards! Even if they are late, they don’t even say sorry to the people who have been waiting for them for so long! Worse still, they even take more time than expected, giving endless speeches even when people are already tired!
This cannot happen with the whites. They are masters of time management and when they fail a bit to keep it, they will politely ask for an excuse from those who are inconvenienced. This has enabled them to accomplish a number of things due to time management.
Fr. Leonard Kakinda
Teacher, Mubende Seminary