Cameroon's democratic and electoral machinery is gradually being put in place, however imperfectly. Although the Church's mission is primarily spiritual, the State, as seen in the Head of State's recent decrees, is increasingly attributing a greater role and looking up to the Church in charting a way forward for Cameroon's budding, though lethargic democracy. It is not the first, and probably not the last time either, Catholic Church officials have and may be called to do so. Appointments in themselves are insignificant if those appointed do not seize the opportunity they have been given to bring about sweeping and memorable changes where they have been called to serve.
To All Reverend Fathers, Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Apostolic Life, Archdiocese of Bamenda
Reverend and dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
Considering the huge geographical territory which St. Jude's Parish, Fundong covers, the difficult terrain and the necessity to provide better pastoral and spiritual care for the growing number of Christians, the Archdiocesan College of Consultors has recommended that the Parish be dismembered.
Many Catholics are permissive when it comes to singing, dancing and listening to secular music with immoral and embarrassing messages. They have embraced the genre with such reckless abandon that even church events do not call for any restraint when playing, singing and dancing to this nauseating and ear-shattering genre. For personal reasons and sometimes because of the Bandwagon Effect, they simply choose to be selectively Catholic. Is there a link between the quality of one's faith and the kind of music one consumes? Get the Church's and Catholics standpoints on the subject to see where you belong on the immoral secular music divide.
No discussion on Christian living would be complete without considering the role of secular and sacred music in the lives of Christians. Over the centuries, Christians have wondered what kind of music is appropriate for their consumption either during worship or leisure and entertainment.
God's Word teaches that using music to praise God is appropriate. But there is a lot of controversy nowadays as to the kind of music Christians should listen to. While some prefer traditional worship songs, others go for more revolutionary rhythms. The Parish Priest of St. Joseph Bonaberi, Fr. Linus Egbeji, says there is nothing wrong using a hip-hop beat to worship in Church. He, however, explains the focus should be on the message and the moment. He spoke to L'Effort Camerounais. Excerpts:
Fidelis Ngwa It is bad taste for a Christian to indulge in such a practice. The act of listening, singing or dancing to music with immoral messages indicate the level of moral decadence into which Cameroon has descended. Most often women are the target of such music whose lyrics degrade and reduce them to objects of perverse entertainment and ridicule. Quite often rap artists, who are very popular among young people, glorify violence and rape in their music. There are documented cases in which vulnerable people have murdered, raped or even committed suicide inspired by the messages in such music. It is hard to imagine how a Christian or anyone would take delight in such morbid entertainment.
Bishop Joseph B. Ateba and Catholic Education secretaries
Education Secretaries and the National Catholic Education Secretariat, SENECA staff gathered around the National Catholic Education Secretary, Rev. Fr. Giles Ngwa Forteh, at St. Joseph's Pastoral Centre, Kribi on June 28, 2011, for an end of year evaluation meeting.
A traditional dance which graced the occasion On Saturday 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2011, His Grace Victor Tonye Bakot undertook a two-day pastoral visit to SS Peter and Paul's Anglophone Parish, Simbock.