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Dancing With the Devil: The New Evangelization of Africa
Catholic Family News ^ | December 2003 | Craig Heimbichner

Posted on 12/01/2003 6:56:07 PM PST by Land of the Irish

"Blood was its Avatar and its seal--the redness and the horror of blood." -- Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

The proverbial slick salesman is supposed to be able to sell a farm in Alaska. In a similar vein, the apologist for the New Springtime is ready to sell us fruits in Africa -- the fruits of the New Evangelization, a strategy which he is quick to point out is working amazingly well in that once- benighted land. This sales trick fools many, for, like Alaska, Africa is rather remote. Protest that you cannot see any signs of an alleged New Springtime in the Church, what with sodomy scandals and syncretistic ceremonies bouncing off your eyeballs, and the apologist will produce the African rabbit from his sleeve. "Ah!" he will say, "That is due to American and European decadence; Vatican II is not the problem, of course -- for look how well inculturation is working in the Third World countries -- in particular, look at Africa! Voila! The New Evangelization is working! The Church is booming there, and it is due to Vatican II! To inculturation! To dialogue! The New Springtime lives, and breathes, and has its being in the jungles, embraced by the noble innocents sheltered from the jaded and cynical decadence of Western culture!"

These claims are increasingly common, and hence are worth examining. Let us look at the facts regarding Africa, and see if we can boost our sagging hopes. Have many of us missed something vital? Is inculturation -- incorporation of various elements of other cultures (and religions) into the liturgy -- working in Africa? Are vocations increasing, as we are told, and are conversions skyrocketing? Are safaris encountering the shocking site of priests and parishes nestled between lions and tigers and rhinos? In Africa, has the lion literally lain down with the lamb, or Lamb of God, and are we starting to see the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart in the land of Voodoo?

First we need to be clear just what has changed in the approach of churchmen to Africa. Prior to Vatican II, the attitude of missionaries was perfectly simple and clear: their job was to save souls, a job which entailed getting the African out of his native religion and into the Church. The spirits of African religion or Voodoo were unambiguously held to be devils. An excellent description from the days before the Second Vatican Council is found in the classic work Satan in the Modern World by Msgr. Leon Cristiani, a description which admirably summarizes the theology of Voodoo:

"All historians of religion are, in fact, agreed that all religions postulate the existence of a supreme and sovereign deity, all- powerful and all-good. But such a god, they say, is usually relegated to the background, worship being reserved for a host of inferior divinities, both good and bad, whose subordination to the sovereign deity is admitted, but who are considered to be closer to man, more involved in human destinies, and therefore more suitable as subjects of invocation or manipulation. Moreover in many pagan theologies, it is the malevolent forces that are in most urgent need of conciliation."[1]

Msgr. Cristiani summarizes the traditional attitude of the Church toward the identity of these spirits:

"We cannot stress too often the fact that in the Gospels Satan is given the incredible title of Prince of this world, yet the title must be justified, since Christ Himself accords it. Yet such a title could not be given to Satan if the pagan deities were not purely and simply devils. The Fathers of the Church were unanimously agreed that this was so."[2]

Msgr. Cristiani concludes:

"From our point of view it is therefore clear that the history of religion -- apart from the sole true religion, that of the Patriarchs, of Moses and finally of Christianity--is nothing but the history of Satanism.(1)"[3]

A statement from 1871 by Father Delaporte of the Society of Mercy, shows the continuity of this attitude, which is grounded ultimately in Scripture:

"The authors of many books giving minute details on the religions of antiquity, might have avoided blunders, if they had known how to read in the Psalmist that clear and precise affirmation, 'ALL THE GODS OF THE GENTILES ARE DEVILS,' (Ps. 65) and in St. Paul, who had a clear view of Paganism still living and master of the world: 'The things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God.' (1 Cor., 10) So that Paganism is the religion of the devil, nothing else.[4]

This was the attitude of churchmen to African religion: that it was the religion of the devil. Traditionally, conversion to the Church by an African adherent of Voodoo was marked by a tearing of the skin of a drum, a sign of renunciation of the drumming dances of demonic possession central to Voodoo, of which we will learn more presently.

Archbishop Lefebvre: Missionary to Africa

With this traditional training and perspective of the Bible, the Church Fathers, and the Church herself, missionary work in Africa bore tremendous fruit prior to Vatican II, chiefly (and ironically) due to the efforts of a man who was to become the most legendary opponent of Vatican II -- Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The official Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano in July, 1976 ack- nowledged that "in 1947, a young missionary bishop, Mgr. Lefebvre, gave a new life to the work of the Church with the opening of new centers of Catholicism … his creative work left in Africa a profound mark."

Ordained a priest in 1929, Marcel Lefebvre became a Holy Ghost Father, joining the most important missionary Congregation in the Church, and became a missionary in Gabon, Africa from 1932 to 1946. In 1947, Father Lefebvre was consecrated a Bishop and ap- pointed Apostolic Vicar of Dakar, Senegal. In 1948 (through 1959), Bishop Lefebvre became Pope Pius XII's Apostolic Delegate for 18 African countries -- all of French-speaking Africa -- and became the first Archbishop of Dakar in 1955. Zealous for souls, Archbishop Lefebvre created four Episcopal Conferences, twenty-one new dioceses and apostolic prefectures and opened Seminaries in his new jurisdiction. In addition, he developed the Catholic press in Africa, creating modern printing presses, opened hospitals, opened schools for twelve thousand children, organized Catholic Action in Africa, and brought religious orders to Africa, including the first Carmel of Africa in Sebikotane and the first Benedictine monastery of the Solesmes congregation in Gabon, both opened by him.

So fruitful was the work of Archbishop Lefebvre, that his annual visits to Pius XII and his information and advice were the basis for the Pope's encyclical Fidei Donum which reinvigorated worldwide missionary work. In 1962, the veteran missionary who had ushered so many souls in Africa to the salvation of Christ in the Church was honored with the election by the General Chapter of the Holy Ghost Fathers to the post of Superior General, a post which he held until voluntary retirement.

The zeal of Marcel Lefebvre for souls was welcomed by the natives of Africa, many of whom could not wait to be rescued from bondage to the spirits of darkness reigning in that land. That this uncompromising position was an occasion of joy for the residents of that land is reflected in this statement by Archbishop Lefebvre: "For my part, I never attempted to convert the hut of an animist priest into a chapel. When a sorcerer died (often by poison!), we immediately burned his hut, to the great joy of the children!"[5].

Under the guiding hand of Marcel Lefebvre, the Church was truly experiencing a great Springtime in Africa. The fruits of his labors were recognized by Pius XII, honored by his missionary Congregation, and noted in L'Osservatore Romano.

Enter the Spirit of Vatican II

A new note began to sound with the Pontificate of John XXIII, who desired to embrace the world and affirm it, where possible. In an allocution to African writers and artists, the Pope gently started the new direction of inculturation in Africa -- looking to cultural expressions which could be baptized, so to speak, into the Church: "The Church's worldwide attention to the human resources of all peoples places her at the service of true world peace. She helps the elite that turn to her guidance, in developing the cultural possibilities of their country and their race, and in doing so, the Church invites them to collaborate harmoniously and in a spirit of deep understanding, with other currents issuing from authentic civilizations.[6]

The new drumbeat was picked up by Pope Paul VI, who went much further and started listing what he saw as positive attributes in the culture of Africa. As Paul VI said in his message to Africa "for the promotion of the religious, civil and social good of the continent," "Many customs and rites, once considered to be strange, are seen today, in the light of ethnological science, as integral parts of various social systems, worthy of study and commanding respect … the presence of God permeates African life, as the presence of a higher being, personal and mysterious. People have recourse to Him at solemn and more critical moments of life …" This astounding comment does not refer to Catholic converts, but to adherents of "ancient African religious cultures," as Paul VI puts it -- that is, to the adherents of Voodoo. We note that Paul VI implies here that Voodoo invokes the true God, that is to say, the same God invoked by Catholics. Finally, Paul VI commented that "Another characteristic common to African tradition is respect for the dignity of man." The Pope acknowledges "aberrations" which are "seen to be in violent contrast with the respect due to the human person," but explains that these are not indicative of a culture shaped by African tradition -- that is, by Voodoo.

We will defer detailed comment for the moment, passing on to the comments of Paul VI to the Symposium of African Bishops in Kampala on July 31, 1969. The Pope sounds the full note of inculturation as a necessity, stating to the bishops that "you will be able to remain sincerely African even in your own interpretation of the Christian life; you will be able to formulate Catholicism in terms congenial to your own culture; you will be capable of bringing to the Catholic Church the precious and original contribution of 'negritude,' which she needs particularly in this historic hour." It is just possible that Pope St. Pius X would have been at a loss for words if he had been told that a successor of his would claim that the Catholic Church needed "negritude". The claim, like much of the work of Paul VI, is, at minimum, a first.

Finally, the culminating -- indeed, the defining -- moment in the new approach to Voodoo came from Pope John Paul II in his February 4, 1993 ad- dress to the Voodoo representatives of Benin at Cotonou. The Pope told them that "it is legitimate to be grateful to your forebears who passed on this sense of the sacred, belief in a single God who is good, a sense of celebration, esteem for the moral life and for harmony in society". Specifically, John Paul II told them that their religion contained the "seeds of the Word" (semina Verbi) which elsewhere he has explained as a "kind of common soteriological root present in all religions".[7] To translate this theology- speak into common language, the Pope claimed that a "saving root" is present in Voodoo -- that is, that a man may be saved in Voodoo. The Pope followed this astounding allegation of the salvific nature of Voodoo by telling these animists that their Catholic "brothers and sisters" appreciate Voodoo: "Your Christian brothers and sisters, like you, appreciate what is beautiful in these traditions …" He added that the Christians in Benin "are equally grateful" to their own "ancestors in the faith" and concluded by extolling Jesus Christ in two sentences. That was the New Evangelization in action, the Vatican II- inspired approach of John Paul II in bringing the Gospel to the land of Voodoo -- a cheerful dance with the devil followed by a couple of sentences about the goodness of Jesus. But when one dances with the Devil, who leads the dance? As we will see in a moment, the Church tragically did not win the prize on the Benin dance floor after John Paul II's exit.

Finally, and incredibly, the Pope advocated courses in Voodoo for Catholic priests. In his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Africa, John Paul II said "The adherents of African traditional religion should therefore be treated with great respect and esteem, and all inaccurate and disrespectful language should be avoided. For this purpose, suitable courses in African traditional religion should be given in houses of formation for priests and religious." [emphasis added]

That the significance of this statement -- a complete reversal by the leader of the Catholic Church -- was not lost on the African people was clear in the reactions of Africans. Voodoo priests saw this as their victory over a groveling Pope, who in essence apologized and endorsed their religion. In a paper by N. Adu Kwabena- Essem entitled "Pope's Apology to Africans," the Voodoo enthusiast says that "African beliefs are now given due recognition by Pope John Paul II. The question is, will the rest of the Western world do the same?" The author continues:

"African religions had their biggest boost two years ago when Pope John Paul II, on a visit to Benin, apologized for centuries of ridiculing African cultural beliefs by the Western world. Benin is the home of Voodoo … The crucial question is whether the Pope's 'penance' will force others to start respecting African cultures, in particular the belief in African religions."[8] [emphasis added]

A New Springtime for Voodoo

What was the result of the Pope's efforts? The New Evangelization worked -- for Voodoo. At the time of John Paul II's visit to Benin in 1993, the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano estimated the adherents of Voodoo in Benin to comprise 25 percent -- effectively dying out.[9]

Three years later, Voodoo had born the fruit of John Paul II's labors, and had grown to claim a staggering 60 percent of the population, according to a January, 1996 Associated Press report,[10] so that "with pounding drums and pulsating rhythms, Benin on Wednesday celebrated the rebirth of voodoo as an officially recognized religion".[11] Thanks to the Spirit of Vatican II and the faithful efforts of the recent Popes, a New Springtime of Voodoo has arisen -- and while these Popes have labored to remove State recognition of Catholicism in Catholic countries as an official religion,(2) John Paul II's efforts resulted in State recognition of Voodoo in Benin.

But just what is Voodoo? We know from the above that Voodoo has its home in Benin; most know that it traveled to Haiti with the slave trade. If Catholic priests are supposed to study and respect it, let us at least gain a touch of familiarity with the subject.

Occultist Nevill Drury defines Voodoo succinctly in his Dictionary of Mysticism and the Occult, page 269:

"Voodoo. Also, Vodoun, Vaudoux, Vondou. Haitian magical practices involving chanting, drumming, singing, and dancing, and which lead to states of dissociation, trance, and spirit possession. The word voodoo derives from the West African word vodun, meaning "a god" or "spirit": the rites of voodoo were imported into Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean during the period of the slave trade, when Africans were brought across to work on the plantations. Voodoo rites include sexual sacrifices; snake dances; the ritual use of corpses; the evocation of spirits, monsters, and zombies; and occasional cannibalism. In some voodoo ceremonies, practitioners are possessed by the loa, or gods. Among the principal deities are Ogoun, the warrior god; Baron Samedi, the god of cemeteries; and his other evil counterparts, Baron Cimitiere, Baron Piquant, and Ghede, who with him rule the forces of evil."

Occultist and United Nations English editor Migene González-Wippler gives us a few more details: "The cult of voodoo is based on a magico-religious system dominated by the worship of gods known as loas, who come from all parts of Africa … The voodoo priests are known as houng'gans and the priestesses as mam' bos ..."[12] The common goat ceremony of Voodoo -- a type of "Voodoo communion" -- is described thus:

"Everyone in attendance chants in unison with the drumbeats. The houngan or mambo quickly cuts the l'kabrit's [sacrificial goat's] throat with a razor-sharp sword. The warm gushing blood is caught up in a wooden bowl. After the houngan or mambo drinks a little first, the bowl is then passed from person to person until everyone has swallowed a share … L'kabrit in reality represents a human sacrifice."[13] [emphasis added]

This last comment is instructive, since the ideal sacrifice of Voodoo is a human, as explained by the late occult scholar Rollo Ahmed in The Black Art (189): "Voodooism is devil worship pure and simple. In past days it entailed the sacrifice of a girl-child who was called 'the goat without horns,' although the natives declare that no such sacrifice has now been made for over fifty years. We hope this is true, but the author's opinion is that both Voodooism and Obeah [Jamaican witchcraft] have probably claimed human victims, quite apart from still-born infants, much more recently than that." González-Wippler is more direct: "Human sacrifices are still part of voodoo, but the sects that practice these ritual murders are secret and assiduously persecuted by the police. These 'red sects,' known as cabrit thomazos by voodoo initiates, are much feared …"[14]

Sexual ceremonies, rather than being an aberration, are integral to Voodoo. As González-Wippler explains, in one ceremony "A white hen is taken out of a wooden cage and held directly over the woman's body. Its head is quickly sliced completely off with a razor-sharp knife. The hen's blood is allowed to spurt all over her body." Relations are then consummated with the knife-wielding man, followed by all of the drummers.[15] As a summary comment, the U.N. editor ex- plains, "Drums and ritual sacrifices are an intrinsic part of voodoo, as are sexual orgies and black magic."[16]

The late occult investigator and famed horror author Dennis Wheatley describes Voodoo in a passage in which he cannot restrain his disgust:

"This is one of the vilest, cruelest and most debased forms of worship ever devised by man … Usually the ceremonies are held in a compound called a hounfort, where the houngan lives like an African chief. To the rise and fall of brilliantly coordinated drumming, rituals are carried out with a sword, flags and dancing. The couples dance skillfully among a maze of candles set up on the floor, and their movements represent copulation … Now and then a man or woman will break away and whirl round and round, excited by the drumming into a frenzy. Their eyes roll and they become possessed by one of the many spirits they call loas. Through them the loa makes demands and prophecies; foaming at the mouth, the dancer then has a fit and falls to the ground … Sacrifices are then offered in a refinement of cruelty compared with which the Black Mass is a civilized proceeding. If it is a pig, they first cut off its testicles, then drink its blood; if it is a goat, it is buffeted and beaten before a deadly slash from the houngan's magic sabre puts it out of its misery; if it is a dog, its ears and tail are first cut off; if it is a pair of chickens or doves, the bones of the wings and legs are slowly broken before the necks are wrung."[17]

Graphic, color pictures of these rites of blood are shown in Mark of Voodoo: Awakening to My African Spiritual Heritage, a biographical work of Voodoo advocacy by Sharon Caulder, who holds a doctorate in Mythology and Depth Psychology, as well as a professional credential in education. Her book amply confirms the sexually depraved nature of Voodoo.

The belief in zombies is also an integral part of Voodoo, and those who believe in the possibility of such creatures usually ascribe the phenomenon to a combination of drugging and hypnosis.

Such is the religion which Paul VI held taught respect for human dignity; which Paul VI held brought the presence of the true God to Africans; which John Paul II commanded to be taught to priests and religious; which John Paul II held contained a saving root, the "seeds of the Word"; which John Paul II in effect promoted and aided. If "seeds of the Word" can be discerned in the above, then they must be affirmed in the Black Mass and in the very machinations of hell itself. The denizens of the Inferno should be able to pick up some scattered seeds on the ground of Gehenna, but it will be open to doubt to describe these droppings as even distantly connected with Christ.

What About Those Vocations?

While recent Popes have been promoting Voodoo in Africa, undoing the hard work of Archbishop Lefebvre on behalf of Heaven, has there yet been good fruit for the Church sandwiched in the middle of this dangerous dance with the devil? Drums once used to propel dancers into possession are no longer torn; in fact, they are present in the African Mass. We are told that these steps have borne solid fruit -- that vocations have been increasing, and that the Catholic Church is growing.

But let us take a closer look at the facts. In the old saying, the worst lie is the statistical lie. And statistical sleight-of-hand has been used to bolster bold claims regarding the Church in Africa.

One link from a website for the Catholic Church in Africa[18] does not date the gains in conversions from Vatican II, but from 1925 -- showing great increases which must inevitably reflect the work of Marcel Lefebvre. But then the sleight-of-hand begins. We are told that "Christians in Africa" have reached "more than 40%" today. That certainly sounds promising -- until a link[19] is clicked to scan the details, and the truth is delineated. The devil is in the details, one might say -- for "Christians" in Africa includes adherents of non-Catholic sects, which may include anything from Baptist missionaries to Pentecostal Holy Rollers, whose writhing and break-dance floor- antics may be virtually indistinguishable from certain Voodoo rites. Scanning further, one reads that Catholics are listed at a mere 14.9% as of the latest data on the site (1997, four years after John Paul II commended Voodoo in its home country and it grew from 25% to 60% in a mere three years). One is tempted to ask what might happen to the Catholic Church in Africa if the Popes de- nounced Voodoo and ex- tolled the necessity of the Catholic Church with similar gusto.

In addition, the priesthood in Africa is suffering from a bizarre problem: sexual abuse of women by the clergy.[20] This not uncommon African priestly problem is ascribed to a "cultural way of living" by Vatican spokesman Father Cervellera,[21] an excuse which throws us back on an African culture shaped by Voodoo, a culture which in turn was commended as worthy of respect by two post-Conciliar Popes. The priests are clearly getting mixed messages, and perhaps the best news in this sad scenario is that the victims are not boys.

Finally, let us not forget another fruit which has arisen in Africa during the period following the Second Vatican Council -- the AIDS epidemic, which hit Africa somewhere around 1970,[22] about the time the New Mass reached its shores as well. Apparently the virus began in African green monkeys,[23] and with the slaughter, sacrifice and abuse of animals spanning the Voodoo-ridden continent, it is anyone's depraved guess as to how the virus made it into the body of an African male. And speaking of depraved males, let us not forget the 1998 moment in which the Catholic Church in Africa made the headlines worldwide when a priest gave Bill Clinton Holy Communion. The true picture of post-Vatican II African Catholicism does not even remotely compare with the real Springtime on that continent, which flourished under the spiritual fatherhood of a man whom John Paul II would later declare "excommunicated" just a few years before the Pope would go on to stump for Voodoo in its homeland, crowding in on the former turf of Africa's great missionary Archbishop, a man of faith whose vilification the Pope has for the moment ensured.

Another Coincidence?

Of course, the Popes have not been the only ones promoting Voodoo, as one can see strolling through a major bookstore, where even "Voodoo kits" are available near the counter, next to candy and cards. Voodoo has been given a boost outside the Church as well, by the very organization which this writer already covered in the August, 2003 issue of Catholic Family News as a dark Masonic font of conspiracy and corruption: namely, the Ordo Templi Orientis or the OTO.[24]

William Breeze, a.k.a. "Hymenaeus Beta," the current leader of the branch of the OTO which has been granted "legal status" by a US court of law, worked with filmmaker and Jewess Maya Deren on the promotion of Voodoo[25]. Deren in turn worked on Voodoo promotion with Joseph Campbell, the PBS guru of pop- Gnosticism at whose feet Bill Moyers sat like a chela. Deren's propaganda piece of celluloid Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti promotes the "spiritual" content of Voodoo, fitting hand-in-glove with the new papal orientation toward African paganism.

At the same time, another important branch of the OTO in the United States is led by Michael Bertiaux, who also claims to head Voodoo in this country, having received his authority for both orders from Lucien- François Jean-Maine, Haitian head of Voodoo before his death in 1960 in Boston.[26]

Heading the Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua or OTOA, Bertiaux has worked closely with Kenneth Grant, the leader of an important British OTO branch as well as a direct disciple of Aleister Crowley. Bertiaux runs a "Monastery of the Seven Rays" in Chicago, Illinois, and teaches the depraved sexual rites of Voodoo through, as Grant states, La Couleuvre Noire -- the Cult of the Black Snake.[27] Grant explains that the OTOA was a merging of yet one more Kabbalistic-Masonic Order with Crowley's notions -- an old Order created by Tous- saint-Louverture which drew upon French Kabbal- ism, illuminism, and "Dahomeyan African currents," the OTOA having been "founded by Lucien-François Jean-Maine in 1921-2 on OTO lines and incorporating Haïtian Voodoo elements drawn from the Cult of the Black Snake".[28]

It appears that the OTO and the Vatican have been working on parallel lines -- both promoting Voodoo. Whether anyone wants to describe this incredible, synchronicity as a coincidence is a personal choice. For those who have followed the documents of Masonic conspiracy, including the attempt of the OTO to gain the Chair of Peter,[29] the feeling may dawn that there are limits to coincidence. There is no Springtime for the Church in Africa, although the Holy Ghost undoubtedly still draws souls to Himself: but there is a diabolical harvest of souls for hell which has grown under the invasion of the spirit of Vatican II, which spirit may have a kinship with the spirits invoked in the frenzied dances in Benin. And while Paul VI suggested that such an equation of deities implies that their chief being is our Father, Catholics may well shudder and protest these papal statements by reflex. Can we blame them? For it is entirely possible to reverse the argument and, by "testing the spirits,"[30] discern and conclude something opposite: that the spirit which emerged from the Second Vatican Council and which inspired Popes to extol African Voodoo must have been something re- mote from the Holy Ghost, indeed something unholy, an unclean spirit which revealed by its actions its dark equivalence with the loa.


1. Leon Cristiani, Satanism in the Modern World, p. 175.

2. Ibid., pp. 174-175.

3. Ibid., p. 175.

4. Father Delaporte, The Devil: Does He Exist? And What Does He Do? pp. 38-39.

5. Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, They Have Uncrowned Him, p. 179.

6. popes.htm The comments of John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II following are taken from this website and have been in several instances independently corroborated.

7. Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 81.

8. Adu Kwabena-Essem, "Pope's Apology to Africans: A New Look at 'Juju'," Djembe Magazine, July 1995

9. Cited in Michael A. Hoffman II, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, p. 38.

10. Associated Press report, January 10, 1996.

11. For example, John Paul II undid the official state recognition of the Catholic religion by Italy in 1984. Similar papal initiatives of Paul VI and John Paul II dethroned Our Lord in Colombia, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Peru.

12. Migene González-Wippler, The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies & Magic, p. 321.

13. Ibid., pp. 321-322.

14. Ibid., p. 322.

15. Ibid.

16. Ibid.

17. Dennis Wheatley, The Devil and All His Works, p. 276-277.

18. mmrc9722.htm

19. africa/statistics.htm

20. Christopher A. Ferrara and Thomas E. Woods, Jr., The Great Façade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Roman Catholic Church, pp. 126-127.

21. Cited in ibid., p. 127.

22. Gene Antonio, The AIDS Cover- Up? The Real and Alarming Facts About AIDS, pp. 1-2.

23. Ibid.

24. The reader is referred to that issue for basic facts and background regarding the OTO.

25. about_MD.html

26. See homepage/prkoenig/otoa.htm for OTO historian Peter Koenig's research and opinions on Bertiaux and Jean-Maine.

27. Kenneth Grant, Cults of the Shadow, pp. 165-194.

28. Ibid., 194

29. See the author's article in the August, 2003 issue of Catholic Family News as well as his speech on the subject noted on page 18 of this issue. (See Report on 8th Annual CFN Conference)

30. 1 John, 4:1.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic
KEYWORDS: africa; catholic; lefebvre; vaticanii; voodoo

1 posted on 12/01/2003 6:56:08 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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2 posted on 12/01/2003 6:57:22 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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The Pope is not "promoting" voodoo. That is slander. Learning about something and even being polite to believers of other religions is not "promotion".
4 posted on 12/01/2003 7:18:21 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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The Pope calls for a new effort at bringing the truths of the Catholic faith to the world. This is the "New Evangelization". How horrible that the Pope actually believes in the Christian message and wants to bring it to all mankind! As for ecumenism and inculturation, once again the schismatic dissidents of the "Catholic" Family Magazine throw out the baby with the bathwater and refuse to make any distinction at all between authentic ecumenism and inculturation, which does not compromise the truths of the faith, and abuses of ecumenism and inculturation, which by all means should be criticized and opposed wherever they may be found.
5 posted on 12/01/2003 7:24:22 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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7 posted on 12/01/2003 8:02:06 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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To: Land of the Irish
This has been one of your most fascinating posts yet.

Not only does the author explain the misdeeds of the conciliar popes, he explains how great Archbishop Lefebvre was. It is no wonder that JPII didn't like him. Not only does he suggest that JPII promotes the voodoo cult, but implies that it is part of a Masonic-Jewish master plan. Very informative.

After reading this, how could anyone want to be a Catholic? How could anyone, with any recognition of what is true and good believe that the Vatican is not run by Satan himself? The Protestants have been right all along. The Roman Church is the Whore of Babylon. The Vatican is the most evil institution on the face of the Earth. It is hell-bent on destroying the faith of anyone that had ever heard of Jesus.

Thank you so much for posting this and opening my eyes.

8 posted on 12/01/2003 8:18:46 PM PST by St.Chuck
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Thank you so much for posting this and opening my eyes.

You're quite welcome.

9 posted on 12/01/2003 8:32:22 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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To: Land of the Irish
You've got me thinking about this too. Wasn't Wojtyla (I won't refer to him as pope any more) the most consistent voice in opposition to our war on terror. Didn't he invite Tariq Aziz to the Vatican, the same pope that kissed the Koran? Not only is Wojtyla a voodoo promoting Mason, he's also an Islamofascist sympathyzer. Remember when Manuel Noriga sought refuge in the Vatican embassy in Panama? Wojtyla is also a narco-terrorist too. He did come from communist Poland as well, which is probably the root cause of it all. He's a voodoo promoting, Islamofascist, commie, narco-terrorist masonic fag. ( That's right. He obviously looked the other way during the sex scandals). Fag.

How could anyone claim to be loyal to this horrid and evil man?

10 posted on 12/01/2003 8:35:32 PM PST by St.Chuck
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How long did Voodoo survive in Haiti and Brazil and Mexico side by side with traditional Catholicism?
11 posted on 12/02/2003 9:45:10 AM PST by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Hermann the Cherusker
How long did Voodoo survive in Haiti and Brazil and Mexico side by side with traditional Catholicism?

Voodoo's still around all over South and Central America, despite 500+ years of Catholicism in those regions.

12 posted on 12/02/2003 10:10:19 AM PST by Modernman (I am Evil Homer, I am Evil Homer....)
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To: Land of the Irish
as someone who lived in Africa, I say this guy is exaggerating...and putting too many burdens on a simple person's faith...

I am reminded of two discussions in novels...

In the book Hawaii, the Chinese immigrants embraced Christianity so they could marry Hawaiian women (since few Chinese women were available) when the bishop was asked if he thought they understood the creed etc. he replied he doubted many of his haole (white) parishoners understood the creed perfectly, so who was he to judge?

The second comes from the book Father Elijah.
A nun who was martyred is being beatified, and a rich white Italian lady says, yes, the faith in Africa is like their rivers: A mile wide and one inch deep... Some nuns who knew the martyr were nearby, and Father elijah apologizes to them.. and one replies: Yes, father, she is right...our faith is like our rivers. But in the rainy seasons, have you seen how strong our rivers run, and how deep and powerful they are?

Africans, like Americans, are often nominal christians...but many are very very holy and devout. Just because they dont' think and worship like 19th century Europeans doesn't mean they are not good Christians...they could teach us a lot of lessons. For example, no African dies alone, and most orphans are taken in by relatives...we have a million children in foster care...Africa, with millions of HIV orphans has most of them cared for by relatives...
14 posted on 12/03/2003 5:40:27 AM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: St.Chuck
After reading this, how could anyone want to be a Catholic? How could anyone, with any recognition of what is true and good believe that the Vatican is not run by Satan himself?

And therein lies the point. Perhaps that is entirely the reason for the rampant scandal we are currently witnessing - i.e., to drive Catholics out of the one true Church. But that would entail a (sssh) conspiracy.

Whatever happens, don't confuse the Vatican (an inhabited construct) with the Church (the Mystical Bride of Christ). There is a difference.

15 posted on 12/03/2003 10:53:21 AM PST by LadyPhoenix (The Borg, aka Modernists: "Resistance is futile. You will be assimiliated.")
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To: Land of the Irish
the pope is wearing an African crown...the tiara is a Roman crown. The bishop's hat is another crown...

The feathers symbolize that he is a chief, i.e. an authority figure as the senior father of a clan, who gives the tribe rules, who judges disputes, and who makes sure the women and children's welfare is cared for...


NOR IS IT THE HEADDRESS OF A N'ANGA/aka witchdoctor/herbalist/shaman.

This is the same as JP2 wearing the feathers of an Indian chief when visiting Native American catholics, or when he beatified Blessed Kateri...

16 posted on 12/03/2003 4:23:08 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: Land of the Irish

If you read the captions, you notice the comments about the chief is identified by wearing a headress. and the comments at the end are a discussion about how an African who loves Jesus tries to discern what is bad and good in her culture's customs...

But as my earlier post states: The pope is wearing a CHIEF's headress, not a voodoo headress...very similar to the one worn by the chief in the photos.
17 posted on 12/03/2003 4:32:57 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc
The pope is wearing a CHIEF's headress, not a voodoo headress...very similar to the one worn by the chief in the photos.

This is the same as JP2 wearing the feathers of an Indian chief when visiting Native American catholics, or when he beatified Blessed Kateri...

Simple question: If the Pope will wear the above headgear, why won't he wear a tiara?

18 posted on 12/03/2003 5:18:41 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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To: Land of the Irish
You asked:Simple question: If the Pope will wear the above headgear, why won't he wear a tiara

The last several popes won't wear the is a non liturgical crown, used for ceremonies, and only goes back to the 700's, not the ancient church.

The tiara is symbol of political and temporal power, i.e. over the Papal states.

John Paul I, not John Paul II, decided to stop using it, and instead uses the stole of a pastor

"Shortly after the election, the pope is inaugurated. Since the papacy of John Paul I, both the coronation with the tiara and the procession on the throne, or sedia gestatoria, have been replaced with rituals embracing a more evangelical (Gospel-inspired) simplicity. John XXIII set a precedent by preaching the homily at his own Mass. The pope always receives the papal collar, the wool pallium, as a symbol of his pastoral ministry. In the forefront of all ceremony now is the spirit of one of the titles traditionally used by popes: "Servant of the servants of God."

19 posted on 12/04/2003 2:46:05 AM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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