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Mysticism, Miracles and Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit 

By Peterkins Manyong

There are two subjects, the bare mention of which arouses public interest; sexuality and the supernatural. Sexuality is of interest to the average human because it is the source of reproduction and therefore the very existence of the human race.

Sex is also the major cause of both pleasure and pain to both male and female. This explains why of all what Pope Benedict XVI said during his four-day visit to Cameroon, none caused such worldwide reaction as his rejection of condoms as a solution to the AIDS pandemic.
The supernatural is of a more profound interest because all living creatures naturally fear what they don’t understand and are preoccupied with what happens after death.

Two weeks ago, two Bamenda-based newspapers published the same headline story centred on the "confessions" of Stephany Amvi Ama, an 18-year-old female student of Government High School, GHS Atiela in Nkwen. Amvi Ama, a Form Five student, confessed to a pastor, Rev. Solomon Warah, that she caused the death of one Joan Ngwafor, her uncle’s wife, through mystical means.

She claimed to belong to a sect, whose meeting place is a popular drinking spot in Bamenda (T-Junction), that she drank eight litres of blood, eight bottles of beers and smoked seven sticks of cigarettes. She was later "delivered" by Moses Elroy Kan, Coordinator of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Bamenda. 

The confession of the girl came on the heels of a story that seven people were killed in a ghastly motor accident in Nigeria. The victims, including Lum Ngwafor mentioned above, and one Brigitte Awa.  They were supposed to have gone there for healing prayers from Prophet TB Joshua, Overseer of the Synagogue of All churches.

Miracles, Occult Powers And Pope Benedict XVI

A miracle is an event that creates faith. Miracles are normal to all those who perform them and surprising to people who watch them being performed. The confessions of the young lady were, to all appearances and purposes, a miracle. Pentecostal churches attach a lot of importance to miraculous healings as the best testimonies of God’s power working through them, contrary to denominational churches, like the Catholic Church, which prefer hospitals to miracles in treatment and so invest heavily on the construction of hospitals where excellent health services are provided. It is because of this growing interest that many persons were disappointed that the Pope failed to heal the disabled persons who, alongside the tens of thousands, went to welcome him.

The Pope was also expected to address the issue of growing occultism in high places and the homosexuality saga linked to the Rosicrucian and other sects. The issue of homosexuality became so heated because of explanations and interpretations that some of our leaders did not embark on it as a mere alternative to heterogeneous sex, but because they want more diabolic powers to continue lording it over other Cameroonians. Try as you can, it would be difficult to convince the average Cameroonian that any form of pleasure can be derived from a same sex relationship. Perhaps, a recollection of the homosexuality controversy may clarify the point.

It was the Yaounde Archbishop, Tonye Bakot, who reportedly sparked it when, in December 2006, he preached a sermon against homosexuality. The Archbishop reportedly acted on the strength of confessions from homosexuals and lesbians made to several priests and even the Archbishop himself.  A group of women married to top personalities, in and out of government, confronted the Archbishop, complaining that they suspected gay relationships between their husbands and their drivers, houseboys and secretaries. 

Stories of women grudgingly washing the diapers of their husbands were also common. A vice that destabilizes society to the point that homosexuality has done deserves outright condemnation. Even those who preach gay rights can’t deny that homosexuality contributes immensely to the spread of HIV/AIDS. It was therefore a great omission on the part of the Pope that he didn’t condemn particularly occultism and homosexuality.

Is The Catholic Church Right In Condemning Miracles? 

In the mid 90s, Cameroon was rocked by the story of Father Etienne Nkumbha, a priest who healed people miraculously. While his boss, Bishop Pius Awa, frowned at it, Father Etienne Nkumbha’s Christians hailed him as a Messiah. Messiahs and prophets work miracles only when it is absolutely necessary. For instance, Christ’s feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fishes and the miracle of the Shekel in the mouth of the fish (Mat. 17.24-27). Both miracles were performed to solve a problem of hunger.

The Pope didn’t need money from the mouth of a fish to pay for Jesus and his disciples. Enough of it was raised, by both Cameroonian Christians and Rosicrucians to make his visit comfortable. Magicians and witches perform magical feats for personal aggrandizement. Here, I deem it necessary to correct a general misconception. The word "witchdoctor" is a misnomer. Doctors heal, while witches kill. The function of both can never be performed by one and the same person.

It is worth noting that while a majority of Cameroonians welcomed the Pope, his omission to bless Cameroonians, the dark clouds that hovered over Yaounde when he came, the failure of his plane’s door to open immediately suggested that, God’s wrath, first, against the leaders of the country for embracing iniquity and, secondly, a disapproval of the fact that Cameroon has continued to tolerate a vicious leadership. By not rejecting the Biya Regime outright, Cameroonians have proven that they and the New Deal oligarchy are partners in crime and so deserve divine chastisement.

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