- Jun 3, 2020
Amid a recent controversy in Nigeria over a university-sponsored examination of witchcraft opposed by some Christian communities, one of the country’s Catholic bishops said the plain fact of the matter is that witchcraft matters to a lot of people – otherwise, he said, “No one would be talking about it.”
The number of Americans who claim to be witches has increased dramatically over the past 30 years.
A burgeoning interest in witchcraft at a Rome gathering of exorcists is one taste of what the north/south shift in Catholicism feels like.
Senegal’s top Catholic cleric has condemned a series of ritualistic killings in the West African country.
Bishop Jean-Vincent Ondo Eyene of Oyem, in northern Gabon, says the Church cannot stay silent in the face of ritual killings that continue to haunt the central African country. Between 2011 and 2014, at least 157 people were killed in Gabon for their body parts, which are used by witch doctors in rituals meant to give power to individuals. The crimes are especially prevalent before elections.
A March 22-25 summit of African Catholic leaders in Rome was far too complex to summarize, but perhaps the best stab at a big-picture take-away is that it marked the launch of ‘African Catholicism 2.0’: More universally oriented, more honest about itself, and more balanced in its judgment of the ‘other.’