Concurrent sources say government mounted pressure on the Catholic Church yesterday July 13 to collect the mortal remains of their deceased prelate, Bishop Jean Benoit Bala for burial. The alleged pressure, we gathered, met with stiff resistance.
Rev. Jean-Aimé Amougou, Parish Priest of the Saint Sebastian Cathedral in Bafia issued a communique to that effect. The said communique, according to this news website says a group of persons presented themselves at the Cathedral as state security officers and tried to force one of the priests in his jurisdiction to sign a document attesting that the church has received the dead body of Bishop Bala.
The Parish Priest also cautioned other priests to be extremely vigilant and called on security forces to look into the incident which he suggested could be one of usurpation of tittles.
Rev. Jean-Aimé Amougou however promised whoever engages himself in such an activity would face the wrath of God which, he said, will extend to the perpetrator’s fourth generation.
We also gathered that the mortal remains of the prelate whom the church insists was “brutally murdered” were supposed to be buried this weekend at the end of the on-going conclave of Bishops of Central Africa. But the burial, was again cancelled on instructions from the Vatican.
It should be noted that the Catholic Church is currently at daggers-drawn with the government of Cameroon. While the government is trying to propagate a controversial autopsy which suggests Bishop Bala committed suicide by drowning, the Catholic Church, through Archbishop Samuel Kleda President of the Episcopal Conference of Cameroon Bishops, maintains he was murdered by “dark forces” which are fighting the church.