ABSTRACT: The article provides a summary of some aspects of ongoing research about the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG), which caused some 780 deaths in Uganda in March 2000. The MRTCG emerged out of a wider milieu of Ugandan popular Catholicism; the turmoils experienced by Uganda and the spread of AIDS gave an added impetus to Marian visionary activities and apocalyptic predictions. From its very beginning, the MRTCG showed suspicion toward the mainline Roman Catholic hierarchy and was characterized by a ““selective traditionalism.”” Regarding the endtime, it seems that the movement had consistently predicted the end of the present generation at the close of 2000 (and not 1999), followed by a New Earth with typical millenarian features. The events of March 2000 were carefully planned. What is still missing is a well-founded explanation of the massive use of violence during the last weeks of the group's existence (some 444 people murdered and dumped in secret mass graves in addition to the final conflagration in which hundreds died), and especially a possible theological justification for such actions.
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