This is the story of Emmanuel Bugen born in Matjieskloof, at a Roman Catholic mission station, a few kilometers from Springbok in the Northern Cape.
As a young adult he believed he had a calling to serve his creator and so joined the monastery in his home town, in the hopes of eventually being ordained as a priest.
A while into his training Emmanuel requested that he be given permission to work with children. This request was refused as the abbot believed he displayed an inappropriate interest in the children.
Using Emmanuel’s story as a spring board we interrogate the Church’s doctrines and belief systems regarding sex, sexuality and its relationship with woman and children.
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