The Vatican, the exorcists and the return of the Devil in a time of enchantment

Detail from Saint Michael and the Demon, a neogothical stained glass window from Saint-Martin de Florac Church. Vassil/Wikimedia Commons Philip Almond, The University of Queensland Sicilian priest and long-time exorcist Father Benigno Palilla recently told Vatican Radio that requests for exorcisms had tripled in the past few years. There were now, he said, 500,000 alleged… Read More The Vatican, the exorcists and the return of the Devil in a time of enchantment

Purging daily demons: what’s behind the popularity of exorcisms?

Joseph P Laycock, Texas State University At Texas State University, I teach an honors course called “Demonology, Possession, and Exorcism.” It’s not a gut course. My students produce research papers on topics that range from the role of sleep paralysis in reports of demonic attacks to contemporary murder cases in which defendants have claimed supernatural… Read More Purging daily demons: what’s behind the popularity of exorcisms?

The Pope, relationships and the 21st century

By Michael Clark (transcript, with a few edits, from dictation with the Dragon app) I converted to Catholicism in 2001. I did so for spiritual not political or social reasons. I felt tremendous power and graces within the church, like I’d never felt before. Maybe once or twice I experienced something similar in Protestant churches… Read More The Pope, relationships and the 21st century

The Dislike of Catholicism: Understanding the Holy in the Catholic Tradition – 6 – Philosophical and historical reasons

Philosophical Reasons Philosophy is an ancient pursuit that has branched out in different, sometimes conflicting directions. So it’s difficult to write just a few lines about why people dislike Catholicism from a philosophical perspective. Having said that, a broad distinction can be made between two types of philosophers: those who rely solely on conceptual thinking,… Read More The Dislike of Catholicism: Understanding the Holy in the Catholic Tradition – 6 – Philosophical and historical reasons