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Donnerstag, 17. Dezember 2020

The evils of old paganism in our days (Part 2)


Among the many riots that swept across South Africa in 1952, the ones that took place in East London gave rise to an especially macabre display of paganism. On 9 November, the Irish Dominican sister Aidan Quinlan, O.P., who served the black community of East London as a missionary doctor, was stopped on her way to a sick call, pulled from her car, beaten with a club and subsequently stabbed to death. What followed next can hardly be believed by the reader who has not read missionary accounts about the sinister practices of paganism: superstitious women ran up to the corpse of the sister, cut pieces of flesh from it and devoured them in the hope that by doing so, they would partake in the industriousness and vigor of the religious. Sr. Aidan had always professed the will to die for her “blackies”.
Two men and two women were later sentenced to only six months in prison for cannibalism. The use of human body parts in superstitious rituals is not a thing of the past in rural parts of South Africa, as you can read in the following article from 2010 (Warning, very graphic): https://www.iol.co.za/.../muti-killings-is-a-way-of-life...

Let us pray this advent that, in the words of St. Arnold Janssen, the sweet light of Jesus Christ may shine forth into the darkness of sin and into the night of paganism.

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