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Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Ngong Catholic Diocese yesterday told youth to keep to moral values and self-discipline. He said if youth are not careful they can be mislead by mass media, especially mobile phones which is easily accessible to children.

Bishop Obala said this during his homily at St Thomas Catholic Church, Magadi Soda, Kajiado County. He came to confer the sacrament of confirmation to about 71 confirmands.

Moral values and self-discipline he said are slowly diminishing over the years, as most of the younger generation are gradually disregarding these ethics. People who do not have base values he said are not even able to feel good about doing something right, that explains why the statistics of abortion among teenagers in Kenya is worrying.

Since children and adolescents are constantly watching those around them, especially the adults who are most present and significant in their lives, bishop Oballa said it is, therefore, extremely important for parents to model the kind of actions they want youth to engage in.

Because children observe and imitate the behavior of adults, adults must be sure to demonstrate consistently appropriate behavior at all times. Parents should guide their children how to get rid of negative media which can ruin their moral values, especially pornography.

Because generations of young people today have grown up with computers, the internet, email, chat rooms, social media, cell phones, etc, children are encountering pornography at younger ages and more teens are becoming addicted to it.

The average age when a child first encounters hard-core pornography today is 11. Their use of the internet, email, texting, social media websites, video games, and chat rooms make them more vulnerable to exposure to pornography and to sexual predators.

Exposure to pornography can affect a child’s psychosexual and spiritual development. This is because they are introduced to a world they are unable to understand. That is why for example, for boys the message is that “girls are to be used for men’s sexual pleasure.

When it comes to abortion, young girls in Kenya were more afraid of carrying a pregnancy to term than contracting sexually transmitted infections like HIV/Aids. They with pregnancy, most people disown you including parents and it is seen as shameful.

The main determining factor for termination of pregnancy amongst these women appeared to be the fact that it was unwanted and/or unplanned, either because of inappropriate timing, the type of man responsible, the relationship itself and the social and economic implications thereof.

As a result, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die in public hospitals each year after having botched backstreet abortions. Many more die at home without seeking medical care. This is despite the fact that Kenya is a deeply religious Christian country where the church is vocal in its condemnation of abortion.

Basing his homily on the first reading from Isaiah 66:18-21: “They shall bring all your kindred from all the nations as an offering to the Lord”, the bishop said we must co-exist as one family of God. He said we should not allow politicians to divide Kenyans along tribal lines.

“It did not matter whether you are a Luo, Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Kisii, Kamba, etc, what matters is that we are Kenyans, and above all children of God”, bishop said amid cheers from the crowd.

And on the second reading from Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13, the bishop said that as Christians we should endure trials. He said nothing should separate us from God, whether hunger, poverty, unemployment, etc.

“God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed”.

On the Gospel taken from Luke 13:22-30 -the bishop said since salvation is a process, no one can claim that he/she is saved. Giving the reason why God created us, “to know him, serve and live with him for ever in eternal life”, the bishop said we must works hard towards our salvation.

“Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then in reply he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’

Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002


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    From: Ouko joachim omolo
    Date: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM
    Subject: News Dispatch

    The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste


    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013

    Lucy, whose name has been changed by request, wrote on my Facebook message: “I am a second year Engineer student- I am katho (a Catholic). My college mate shared with me the homily of bishop Oballa you posted on Facebook about youth and pornography. I first encountered porn when I was 13 years old and I tell you what bishop has said is true we must help our youths from dangers of pornography.

    The problem is also here at chuo (college)-some students spend hours and hours watching pornography instead of studying. Thank God I came out of it. One thing that pornography does is that it always demands more. Some dames and guys here use it to engage in sex and masturbation.”

    Lucy is quite right in her observation. Viewing pornography does not only allow people to explore their sexual desires; it keeps them from experimenting. It is also true that vast numbers of students have pornography in their living quarters, computers and cell phones.

    Defined as any media with sexual activity or nudity that stimulates erotic as opposed to aesthetic feelings in a community, pornography has become one of the multibillionaire industries in the world.

    Here in Kenya a top Anti-Banking Fraud Unit officer and a senior city cop have been linked to the thriving pornography business in Nairobi. Police sources say the man based at the Central Bank of Kenya is a major investor in the sex sector while the security chief uses his extensive connections to offer protection.

    The revelations come as Kenya remains gripped by reports of alleged bestiality in Mombasa involving 11 young women purportedly at the behest of Swiss national Christoph Clement Weissenerider.

    In court, the women have been charged with prostitution while the foreigner is accused of luring them into it. Coast police have also alleged that the Swiss and a woman accomplice on the run have been running a similar dirty business in Nairobi, mostly to serve fee-paying foreign customers.

    The last time such an incident created so much public debate was in 2009 when Nairobi-based American pastor, Thomas Kevin Manton of Dominion International church, was accused of recording sexual encounters, purported to involve him and local girls, on DVD for commercial use.

    Although he was acquitted by chief magistrate Uniter Kidula a year later for lack of evidence, but as the current debate continues, press investigations indicate that a spacious cybercafe at a building near the junction of Tom Mboya and Ronald Ngala streets is a major hub for recruiting actors in pornographic videos.

    The facility is also used to edit and duplicate the dirty discs for mass distribution locally and internationally. Financiers, producers, marketers and actors usually meet there, but the shooting of the videos is done in multiple locations in the city centre and residential estates, mostly in the leafy surburbs.

    According to press investigations, the area of the CBD generally referred to as ‘River Road’ also hosts many smaller outlets for producing the videos. The producer said apart from same-sex scenes, there is a high demand for homosexual movies, which sell at double the price (usually Sh1,000).

    The producer press talked to said he makes 80 per cent of his sales online. He also has two websites and one blog where interested buyers send him money through mobile money transfer services.

    Delivery of the physical DVDs is done by a motorcycle rider while customers upcountry are sent their packages of pleasure through courier. He charge Sh500 for normal porn movies, but to have it delivered, you have to send an additional Sh200. Porn producers know each other and they usually avoid encroaching on each other’s territory.

    On average, he makes up to Sh100,000, after production costs from sales of the movies. In fact, the producer said like a musician who earns royalty, his old movies continues to sustain his profits for years.

    Just as chief magistrate Uniter Kidula acquitted American Pastor for lack of evidence, in August 2011, US authorities indicated that Kenyans were among those involved in an international child pornography syndicate that thrived on the sharing of images over an exclusive members-only internet facility, Dreamboard.

    US authorities then described the year long Operation Dalego as one of their biggest moves against child pornography, but the encryption of the site made it impossible to identify all those involved. It is said members shared images of adults sexually abusing children.

    Since Nairobi police are involved they never opened their own investigations on the syndicate even though the then city police boss Anthony Kibuchi said in August 2011 alone they had arrested at least 10 people over involvement in pornography.

    Press report recently that a woman related to Nairobi Senator Gidion Mbuvu ‘Sonko’ appeared in a court facing pornography- related charges tell it all how difficult it is to end the business in Kenya.

    The senator is among four people listed as prosecution witnesses in the case in which Peris Ngina is charged with being part of a cartel that lured another of Sonko’s relatives to pose nude for pictures that would be sold. The relative is a minor.

    The woman, who denied the charges before Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Helena Nderitu, was accused of being one of the masterminds of a cartel involved in the production and distribution of indecent material in the country and abroad.

    The accused informed the court through her lawyer, Geofrey Wasonga, that she had been subjected to intimidation by the senator and Nairobi women representative, Rachel Shebesh into admitting the accusations levelled against her.

    “My client informed me that she was slapped by honourable Rachel Shebesh. This intimidation took place in the presence of the police,” the lawyer told the court.

    Just like pornography business cannot end in Kenya because they involve people who matter in the government, is also why drug business and poaching will never end even if you put ribbon on your arm campaigning against poaching. Big people have been mentioned to be behind the business. It is only God who will save Kenya.

    Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
    Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
    Facebook-omolo beste

    Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

    -Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002


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