I refer to the widely publicised exhumation of Msgr Aloysius Ngobya and Sister Amadeus Byabari’s bodies which was witnessed by among others, Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa and Brother Reginald Cruz from the Vatican. According to various media reports, this is because of the many “miracles” they are claimed to be performing for people who pray through them or petition them for intercession, even if they are both long dead. In its article, ‘How the Catholic Church tells who is in heaven,’ Saturday Vision of April 7, 2012 adds: “Once a miracle is proved, the venerable is cleared for beatification and given a new title – Blessed. Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa of Gulu diocese are at this stage.”

The prominence given to the process and testimonies cited leave no doubt that Catholic Church teachings encourage her followers to petition, not only spirits of the dead, but also visit their graves when desperate for miraculous social, economic, physical health, career, protection and other breakthroughs, similar to what necromancers (those who carry out divination through alleged communication with the dead) in shrines teach their faithful, some of whom end up compelled into committing cold blooded ritual murders.

Being at the forefront of the fight against human sacrifice, I consider this to be a very big blow to the campaign against human sacrifice because those lured into it, indulge for similar reasons: miraculous social, economic, physical health, career, protection, cleansing and other breakthroughs.

It becomes very difficult to dissuade desperate Ugandans from indulgence in human sacrifice when communication with spirits is taught straight from church pulpits, right from the Vatican, by learned and spiritually knowledgeable men of God who convince their flock that the dead, when invoked, can perform miracles. Apparently, since a desperate person’s ability to think, reason, understand, perceive and make rational decisions is greatly impaired, divine intervention through the dead, no matter what it takes, even if it requires murdering or exhuming the dead and removing their parts becomes inevitable.

What the Catholic Church apparently indulges in by exhuming the dead, invoking their spirits for intercession, etc, amounts to necromancy or wizardry which is biblically condemned.

Acts 4:8-12 says: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: it is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is the stone you builders rejected which has become the cornerstone.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’”

The first Catholic Pope, Apostle (Saint) Peter must be taken seriously. Invoking the dead is a vanity. Furthermore, while in Leviticus 19:31 God forbids contact with necromancers, in Isaiah 8:19 He forbids consulting the dead and in Deuteronomy 18:10-12, He forbids necromancy.

Though in 1 Samuel 28:3-25, King Saul consulted a medium in Endor who called up the dead Prophet Samuel’s spirit, it couldn’t change his fate. Therefore, consulting spirits of the dead, be it Msgr Ngobya’s or any other’s, is a vanity, and it is tragic that the Catholic Church does not only indulge, but teaches and greatly publicises these acts, in a way, indirectly condoning desperate people’s resort to unusual practices, even murder that is instigated by witchdoctors at shrines.

I, therefore, call upon the Catholic Church to arise, re-examine and stop this practice so as to have the moral authority of fighting against spirit divination and ritual murders. Otherwise, it will have to humbly accept responsibility for the increased spirit-worshiping and human sacrifices occurring in Uganda. We need to change the people’s mindset for belief in necromancy if we are to succeed, in more than one way, fighting the gruesome ritual murders whose victims are very often children.

The author is Executive Director, Arising For Christ.
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+1 #1 Betty Long Cap 2012-04-15 22:18
Pr Moses Solomon Male, I salute you.

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psalm 73:25-26
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-1 #2 Lukyamuzi Kabakasman 2012-04-16 18:24
Male my friend u r no less innocent. even Jesus who u believe in is a dead spirit, is he still alive. what u r doing is akin to the pot calling the kettle black.
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+1 #3 Maik 2012-04-17 09:40
I would like Pastor Male to point out any sacrifice that has been made after being castigated by the Catholic Church in relation to the Wizardly Practice that the Catholic Church does. In relation, sacrifices including human sacrifices are often heard of from pentecostal churches where many "so called savadees go, seeking for miracles".

I personally have never heard of any sacrifice that has been promoted by the catholic church in its teachings. I think it is wise for every christian to read the Bible, understand what you believe in and do not indulge yourself into the faith that you do not understand!
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0 #4 Morie 2012-04-17 14:15
May God forgive them, those who dont understand what they are saying...but you will pay on that day of judgement.,
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-2 #5 Lino Owor Ogora 2012-04-17 16:53
The Catholic Church remains the mother of all churches.And what more, I would rather pray through intercession of saints than go to Pastors who claim to be miracle workers, and who even charge innocent folks for it.

My final advice is for Pr. Male to practice religious tolerance and concentrate on his Arising church other than attacking the Catholic church which has never attacked him.

May God have mercy on your soul.
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-1 #6 wodgot 2012-04-17 19:15
We the Catholics do believe in God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.Our God is worshipped from 3 perspectives because of His Triangular Formation. We don't believe in Evil Spirits who are fed on human flesh and blood. Stop distorting the significance of Eucharist by equating it with human sacrifices which are intended for feeding and appeasing Eivil spirits.

**** I am a strong christian who's very proud of being a catholic*******
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+3 #7 imani 2012-04-17 19:46
I agree with Male. No need to worship or seek the spirits of the dead when we can speak directly to God who made them and has the power to raise them or keep them dead.

Trust me in any village anyone who did the same would have been called a wizard and would be barnished! why then do we accept this, just because it has been said by leaders who have no justification to do this in the eyes of God
The problem we have is with institutions that veer away from the foundations of the truth that are embedded in the Bible.

All Catholics must take time off to read the word of God with an open mind. Jesus came to die for our sins and is the only mediator between God and Man. God is tired of deeds and rules and wants a direct relationship with people. I pray that our eyes are open
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