SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 21 — The evil and utter immorality of the Catholic Church rear their ugly heads once again, this time in the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). No matter how hard Catholic leaders try to keep it hidden, the evil inspired by these man-made “holy books” always eventually rises to the surface.
The Daily Mail, one of the United Kingdom’s most popular newspapers, recently exposed a shocking — but not unbelievable — practice of the Catholic Church in the DRC. The Daily Mail estimates that at least 50,000 children, some as young as only a few months old, have been accused of witchcraft and sorcery by Catholic priests, leading to their families’ literally throwing them out on the street, relegating them to a life of discrimination, hatred and subsistence.
The Daily Mail article opens with the following hideous description of one of the hundreds of “exorcisms” that Catholic priests perform on children on a daily basis in the DRC:
“Squeezing a toddler’s eyeballs and shoving his thumb into her tiny nose, a Catholic priest purges a child of the devil, one of many exorcisms he carries out every day. Flicked with holy water, her face smeared with olive oil and poked violently in the stomach, two-and-a-half-year old Angel bursts into tears as she is rid of the evil spirits that lurk within her. The child wriggles to free herself but her mother holds on firmly, insistent that she endures the exorcism to protect her from the sorcery that many in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) believe controls their lives…. But tens of thousands of other children in this troubled central African country have been branded ‘child’ witches and flung out onto the streets by their families into a life of destitution, violence and abuse.”
According to a 2010 Pew Research Center survey on religion, the vast majority of the population of the DRC identifies as Christian (over 80 percent), and over 50 percent of the population claims to be members of the Roman Catholic Church. This gives the Catholic Church a very strong influence on a large swath of the population.
The Daily Mail spoke with a few Catholic priests, who offered their asinine, nonsensical take on the subject, “In the capital (of Congo) Kinshasa, at the Gallicane Catholic Church, Father Alexis Katziota Mungala talks almost matter of factly of his work releasing thousands of children from the devil. Exorcism is a daily ritual he performs in his church. ‘These witches they eat human flesh, they drink human blood,’ Father Alexis told MailOnline. ‘It is the work of the devil. Witchcraft kills the love within the child. It fills them with hate, it makes them eat their father, fight with their brother… Children can become infected with sorcery but we carry out exorcisms to help children find their families again.’”
There has never been a documented occurrence of child cannibalism in the DRC.
Catholic priests say they have identified children as young as two months old as “witches,” thanks to their innate ability to sense witchcraft in children.
“Pastor Jean-Pierre Kwete, of the Laodice Church, Kinshasa, told MailOnline, ‘There are conscious witches who know they are evil and unconscious witches who do not know but get up in the middle of the night and eat human flesh. I can tell if a child is a witch just by looking at them. I can see it in their eyes.’”
These families assuage their guilt for discarding one of their own by telling themselves that they have celestial authority to act this way. Without the excuse provided to them by this wicked cult, they almost certainly wouldn’t abandon their children without remorse. This is pure evil on behalf of the Catholic Church.
The Daily Mail article elaborates: “Witchcraft was often used to simply rid a household of an unwanted mouth to feed,’ Remy Mafu, of the street children charity REEJER, said: ‘Here in Central Africa every development within the family – a death, unemployment, bad school marks, and an unexpected pregnancy – demands an explanation. If there is no explanation then it is considered witchcraft. Poverty is a real driver. People don’t want to take care of children so they accuse them of being witches.”
This inevitable response from the “moderate or liberal” Christians always follows when stories like this are exposed: “Oh but these people are misinterpreting the Bible and not applying its teachings appropriately.”
Only a narcissist would argue that he knows the true mind of God, and other Catholics and Christians do not. How can one be so sure of this? What resources does one who makes these claims have that are not available to the rest of us? What gives these people the right to say that they know which parts of the bible to follow and which parts God wants us to disregard?
The Catholic priests in the DRC believe that the entirety of the Bible is the word of God — not that only the parts of the Bible that they wish to abide by are the word of God. This is a much more cohesive and objective belief system relative to the subjective and constantly evolving belief held by many “moderate or liberal” Christians, which the vast majority of the Christian population in America wishfully subscribe to.
The Catholic priests in the DRC’s beliefs about sorcery are deeply ingrained in scripture. Take the following examples of Bible verses, which are only two of many verses discussing the vicious punishments for witchcraft and sorcery, further highlighting the immense jealousy shown by the Christian and Jewish God:
– Exodus 22:18: “Do not allow a sorceress to live.”
– Leviticus 20:6: “I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.”
The DRC is a third-world country, and the very last thing it needs is the Catholic Church furthering that country’s ridiculous cultural myths and allowing poor families in the Congo a guilt-free path to mercilessly discarding their children.
There is nothing more pressing that Bishop Ramon Jose Castellano of Rome (Pope Francis for those that choose to refer to him as the infallible vicar of Christ on earth) should address, but he chooses to avoid the subject entirely. This scandal and human rights emergency is being handled by the Vatican in the exact same manner that the Vatican handles every scandal: It is doing everything possible to protect the reputation of the Catholic Church and to sweep the situation under the rug, in complete and utter disregard for the victims, mimicking the church’s reaction to the “child abuse” scandal, which has resulted in over 2.5 billion dollars in settlements worldwide since 2004.
Christians often make the claim that without celestial authority, we would not know right from wrong and that we would be killing, thieving and perjuring each other without remorse if not for reference to the Ten Commandments. I have more confidence in humanity than to think that without the fear of eternal punishment or the enticement of eternal life that we would all be callously stealing from each other, killing each other and bearing false witness against each other.
Religion often requires, or at least sanctions, people to behave in immoral ways in disregard for the suffering of our fellow creatures, and this story is a perfect example thereof.
Nobel laureate in physics Steven Weinberg said it best: “In the ordinary moral universe, the good will do the best they can. The worst will do the worst they can. But if you want to make good people do wicked things, you’ll need religion.”
Once again, Weinberg is proven right by the hideous actions of the Catholic Church.