3 June – St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs, victims of homosexual depravity

St Charles Lwanga

While today is, in the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, the Vigil of Pentecost, in the Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and companions, murder victims and martyrs of homosexual depravity.

Today we might contemplate the various ways in which the State is encroaches in our lives and tries to force us to do things that are repugnant to nature and to God’s laws.

Today we might ask God to forgive and convert all those who in any way have contributed to or succumbed to any aspect of what is rightly called toxic “gender theory” and called demonic, due to its origin.  More on that HERE and HERE and HERE.

Today is the feast day of a saint, who died as a martyr especially because he resisted a sodomite king, who was furious that he and many children wouldn’t have homosexual sex with him.

St. Charles Lwanga and many other martyrs died between 1885 and 1887 in Uganda. They were beatified in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964.

In 1879 the White Fathers were working successfully as missionaries in Uganda.  They were, at first well received by King Mutesa.

Then there came a new pharaoh, as it were.

Mutesa died and his son, Mwanga, took over.  He was a ritual pedophile.

Charles Lwanga, a 25 year old man who was a catechist, forcefully protected boys in his charge from the king’s sodomite advances.

The king had murdered an Anglican Bishop and tried to get his page, who was protected by Joseph Mukasa, later beheaded for his trouble.  On the night of the martyrdom of Joseph Mukasa, Lwanga and other pages sought out the White Fathers for baptism. Some 100 catechumens were baptized.

A few months later, King Mwanga ordered all the pages to be questioned to find out if they were being catechized.  15 Christians 13 and 25 identified themselves.  When the King asked them if they were willing to keep their faith, They answered in unison, “Until death!”

They were bound together and force marched for 2 days to Namugongo where they were to be burned at the stake.  On the way, Matthias Kalemba, one of the eldest boys, exclaimed, “God will rescue me. But you will not see how he does it, because he will take my soul and leave you only my body.”  He was cut to pieces and left him by the road.

When they reached Nanugongo, they were kept tied together for seven days while the executioners prepared the wood for the fire.

On 3 June 1886 (that year the Feast of the Ascension… therefore a Thursday), Charles Lwanga was separated from the others and burned at the stake. The executioners burnt his feet until only the charred stumps remained.  He survived.  His tormentors promised that they would let him go if he renounced his Faith. Charles refused saying, “You are burning me, but it is as if you are pouring water over my body.”  They set him on fire.

As flames engulfed him he said in a loud voice, “Katonda! – My God!”

His companions were also burned together the same day. They prayed and sang hymns.

Charles Lwanga and companions died for their Faith and because they resisted the intrinsically evil of homosexual sex.

It is probable that the African members of the Synod of Bishops coming up this October will be strong defenders of the Church’s teachings and practices against the bizarre innovations which may be proposed by certain other members.

Charles Lwanga, pray for us… pray for Ireland… pray for these United States.




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  1. acardnal says:

    Here is photograph from 1885 of Lwanga and some of his companions. I like to post this to put some flesh on their martyrdom. HERE

    [Weel done. I’ll add that to the post.]

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  2. “While today is, in the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, the Vigil of Pentecost, in the Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and companions”
    I thought the Vigil of Pentecost was an option today in the ordinary form as well (or does that only count for the evening?).

  3. Alanmac says:

    Homosexuality is promoted by the main stream media as something you must embrace or you are a bigot. Those are today’s choices. Even in the Church, Father James Martin, a Jesuit and a renowned homosexualist, promotes this perverted and unhealthy lifestyle.

  4. Clinton R. says:

    It is an insult to the memory of the martyrdom
    of St. Charles and the brave Ugandans who gave
    their lives to Christ rather than submit to the
    unnatural lusts of the king, when prelates and
    priests kowtow to the homosexual agenda and
    celebrate sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance.
    May St. Charles Lwanga and his companions pray for
    us, and for those who suffer for the Catholic faith in
    the face of the world’s perversions. +JMJ+

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    Well this is inconvenient for the mainstream church.
    I’d like to see a poll for how many heard the Ugandan martyrs or St. Charles Lwanga mentioned this weekend. Bet it would be less than 20%.
    These martyrs are truly inspiring. As the little children who were recently pulled off a bus in the Middle East and asked if they would renounce Christ. They would not, and were all killed.
    And we are all afraid of making waves or being unpopular.

  6. a catechist says:

    Kathleen10 – I’m happy to report St. Charles and the martyrs were conspicuously mentioned at the Ordination Mass I attended today. And both new priests invoked them in their blessing at the reception afterwards. Thanks be to God for our 2 new priests, Fr. Matt and Fr. Andrew, ordained today by Bishop R. Walker Nickless for the Diocese of Sioux City, IA.

  7. Chiara says:

    I am pleased to report that my good pastor invoked St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions during the Consecration.

    What a noble example of defending the Faith! I have asked my Guardian Angel to remind me of it whenever someone challenges the Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

    Even if one has homosexual tendencies, the key to being faithful is to avoiding sin. We are all called to chastity, whether it be in Holy Orders, the single life, or in married life.

    Thank you, Father, for this splendid witness to devotion to the death to Jesus and the Faith!

  8. Boniface says:

    I went to a wedding in the Novus Ordo at a nearby parish yesterday, and the middle-aged priest invoked St. Charles Lwanga in the Eucharistic prayer.

  9. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Father for the background on these Saints. I have seen the names and feast day noted, but never knew why they were martyred. How we need their intercession more than ever! Our priest did mention them at Mass on their feast day.

  10. Dienekes says:

    “Today we might contemplate the various ways in which the State is encroaches in our lives and tries to force us to do things that are repugnant to nature and to God’s laws.”

    For my money, I am about ready to agree with Nietzsche that “the state is a cold monster”. If it doesn’t hate us, it certainly puts on a good act.

    Difficult times.

  11. juergensen says:

    Oh, please, no, not another Synod of Bishops. What could possibly go wrong?

  12. Peter Stuart says:

    Thanks so much, Father. Praying for St. Charles and companions’ intercession as I recover from a bad confessional experience where the priest trotted out slogans about ‘God made some people gay’, ‘the Church’s moral theology has evolved’, etc. I didn’t stay for absolution, God help me.

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