The CCA In Cabinda, Angola re-lives the Early Church
For fear of reprisal and their own survival, the early members of the Church had to worship in hidden churches such as the one pictured here. The enemes of the Christians said, "Let's keep it from spreading." (Acts 4:17)
For nearly a year now the government officials of Angola, Africa, have not allowed members of the Catholic Church of the Americas (CCA) to worship in public. As a matter of fact, several months ago, parishioners had traveled far and wide to attend Sunday Mass merely to get there to find the church spray painted that it was closed.
Such an atrocity merely reminded me of the persecution that the Early Christians had which is memorialized throughout Scripture in the Acts of the Apostles. Just in recent decades, archaeologists have found hidden churches like the one pictured above or homes where there were hidden rooms which we used for worship. Though the political leaders wanted to "stop it from spreading," they merely fostered its spreading.
But the CCA is in no way disappearing in Cabinda. There are 3 priests, 5 permanent deacons, a nun, several catechumens that all take part of the spiritual needs of the faithful members of the Catholic Church of the Americas. There is even a seminary in this area to help in the training of future religious leaders for the Children of God.
It is obvious that what is going on with the CCA in Cabinda is a definite persecution. My question is, "Who is responsible for this persecution?" Is it the Roman Catholic Church? Or is it the government?
Here are a few excerpts from the Constitution of the Republic of Angola under whose jurisdiction Cabinda exists:
2. The State recognizes and respects the different religious denominations, which are in their organization and in the exercise of their activities ...
3. The state shall protect churches and religious denominations, as well as their places and objects of worship ...
1. Freedom of conscience, religious belief and worship is inviolable.
2. No one shall be deprived of his rights, persecuted or exempt from obligations of religious belief or philosophical conviction or politics.
So what can we do about it? The first thing is to pray. There must be constant action of any kind being done about it: write, sign, and distribute a petition, write to your political representatives, start an organization that will have as a primary aim the act of having their right to worship and existence enforced and accepted. For those of us in the United States, call Bishop Teixeira and see what you can do. (Africa falls under the jurisdiction of Bishop Teixeira.) If you have an idea of what can be done, turn to the contact section of this website and offer suggestions as to what can be done and I will forward these to Bishop Teixeira. Make a financial donation to Bishop Teixeira who will be visiting Cabindo in the near future or send your donation to the international church here in Kenner which will be used to resolve this atrocity.