New Sherwood

One Peter Five: “Who Ya Gonna Call?”

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A link and a nod to One Peter Five is long overdue. If you’re not already reading this website, it isn’t too late to start. Read the archives, too. They’re rich, rich, rich.

Have you ever wondered why all those deathbed conversions are conversions to Catholicism, and little else? I remember the first time I met a real Catholic priest. A Lutheran with Lutheran prejudices, I was nevertheless in awe … and then subsequently dejected at the priest’s tragic worldliness. (He was a Jesuit, alas.) There is just something about the Catholic Church. Everyone – Catholic and non-Catholic alike – instinctively looks to the Church and her priests for holiness and spiritual power.

“Why should men love the Church? … She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they like to be soft.” – T.S. Eliot

Whether it’s the crisis of an impending death, a personal tragedy, or a haunted house, men turn to the Catholic Church when in distress. And so it was with the Cranmers of Pittsburgh. Steve Skojec of One Peter Five introduces the fascinating story of a non-Catholic family who found their home occupied by evil spirits, and who naturally turned to the Church for help:

“For two years, a private demonologist, protestant ministers, and most importantly, Catholic exorcists, worked to remove the demonic presence from the Cranmer family home. Victory was finally achieved through exorcism and the celebration of Mass at the house in 2006. The details of the story are unnerving, to say the least. A local report on what transpired provides more detail …”

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October 24, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. I hope you won’t find this offensive, but one aspect of the story (not the only one, but the most striking in this regard) immediately sets off my fraud alert: Namely, the claim to have a photograph showing some sort of “demon smoke” that is visible *to a camera* but not visible to the eye. A camera works by a physical process modeled after the action of the eye. It is completely arbitrary for this phenomenon to be susceptible to being photographed but invisible to the human eye. As to who would have been committing the fraud in that case, some member of the family immediately springs to mind. Easy enough to make smoke in the air, get your dog to look at it, take a photo, and then tell everyone else that the smoke was invisible at the time the picture was taken. If it were today instead of the 80’s, the photo could be photoshopped, but I’m suggesting the low-tech fakery for the 80’s.

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    Comment by Lydia | October 24, 2014 | Reply


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