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Papal Magic: Occult Practices Within the Catholic Church
It is acknowledged Church doctrine that sorcery is the specific domain of the Devil. Yet occult tales are liberally sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments, from the spirit-invoking Witch of Endor to the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Throughout its 2,000 year history, the Church has spawned numerous mystical religious orders, like the Knights Templa ...more
ebook, 194 pages
Published 2007 by HarperCollins
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This work is a fine companion reader for entertainment, but for the discerning occultist and Catholic practitioner alike, it tends toward the sins of conspiracy theory. Still, Simon does make a compelling argument for the efficacy of the priesthood within the Apostolic Succession, as a highly charged medium for many kinds of rituals, not only those of mainstream Christian Catholicism. It's a good read, but with the caveat that you should never believe the claims made in books such as this withou ...more