Friday, August 10, 2018

Analysis Of The Rampart Street Murder House Investigation

A Guest Article by Tracy Garnett
The following analysis by the author applies Dr. Kurt Koch's methodology to the investigation of claims of occult related activity and the paranormal. As such it demonstrates the errors of popular conceptions of preternatural investigation that are propagated by entertainment media such as this, purporting to be "reality television". As the author points out quite well, what is seen in such programming is quite different than professional investigation of such claims.

The season two, episode seventeen installment of Paranormal Lockdown was an investigation of the house at 826 N. Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana—the location where, in 2006, Zac Bowen murdered, and dismembered his estranged girlfriend, Adrian ‘Addie’ Hall. In one of the very few moments of objectivity, paranormal investigator Katrina Wiedman concedes that this grisly occurrence probably had more to do with Bowen’s alcoholism, and the savage effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for which Bowen, a former Army, and Iraq War veteran, suffered. Towards the end of the episode, both Wiedman, and fellow investigator, and show runner Nick Groff seem to want to retract this sober observation, and include Bowen, and Hall as sources of a combined haunting that includes the spirit of a young, African-American slave boy. The presence of these three entities is never confirmed. The majority of the episode purports to deal with the paranormal activity that had supposedly been occurring since the 1830’s. It is documented that the property was the location of a Voodoo Spiritualism Temple that was destroyed by fire in 2016. This paper will deal with the equipment used; the claims; and the witnesses that were utilized during the course of their investigation.
The equipment used in this episode was handled in such a way that the hardware violated the Principal of Classification, but also the Formal Principal. Groff runs afoul of the Principal of Classification by using unscientific means to obtain evidence: the use of the Steve Huff (not a PhD) created Wonder Box to capture Electronic Voice Phenomenon. All of these hack devices have one thing in common. They either use Frequency Modulation, or Amplitude Modulation. In brief, they are radios. There are many different voices, and talents performing on the airwaves at any given time. Groff suggests to the audience that a barely audible, and arguable, statement like ‘I hate myself’ must necessarily be from the disembodied spirit of Zac Bowen. Later, Groff brandishes another device known as the Geo Box which he uses, more or less, as a ghost detector. The host confesses that the instrument is basically an EMF meter. An EMF meter is used for determining electromagnetic frequencies, usually wall plug, or cell phone tower. They are not radars for isolating the approximate locations of apparitions. Another example occurs when thermal cameras are deployed for the purpose of locating discorporate ‘energy.’ Thermal cameras are scientifically useful if one’s goal is to find sources of hot, and cold sources of air, not spiritual energy. On each of the above occasions, axiomatically, the Formal Principal is run rough shod because nothing in Groff’s paranormal tool kit fulfills the occult principal for which it was intended, as is exemplified by the lack of hard evidence.
The claims in the Rampart Murder Street episode of Paranormal Lockdown are sparse, and never substantiated. The viewer is told that ghostly hands have been seen reaching from closets. No photographic, or video evidence is in the offing here. The claim that the ghost of a slave boy is inhabiting the house is never confirmed; neither Groff, nor Wiedman, nor anyone on their production team ever bothers to research whether a child ever lived in the house period. There are no trips to the local courthouse, or even a simple Google search on the internet. The claims of visitors experiencing a ‘heaviness,’ and a ‘lightness,’ and stomach problems are corroborated by Groff, and Wiedman, and their claimants, but this type of evidence is highly subjective, and open to interpretation. Their verdict is acceptable, only if society jointly concludes that gastric issues are a preternatural, and not a medical issue.
The witnesses in the Rampart Street investigation either have no credibility, or their claims are never established as facts, based on proof. In his book, Christian Counseling And Occultism, Kurt Koch discusses the problem of having an inordinate belief in the occult. Case in point: in a Facebook Live chat which followed the premiere of this episode, Nick Groff told his fan base that this location was referred to him by Mary Millan (aka Bloody Mary), a Voodoo priestess, television celebrity, and museum curator. In fact, Millan is the one who gives Groff, and Wiedman an initial tour of the building. She is the one who ascribes certain stomach problems to dark forces in the structure, and nothing else. She is the one who provided the background information about the murder of Adrian Hall, never once looking at what happened forensically, or scientifically. It is Bloody Mary who demonstrated such pagan problem solving skills as performing the Voodoo Rattle, and Blessing of a property that has not yet been verified as haunted. This is also important to note for the Christian Lay Investigator because it demonstrates the lack of Christ in these proceedings. Groff—the star of Paranormal Lockdown, and lead investigator, really—needs no more information to run with than what is given to him, by her, and while only five minutes into the program, the conclusion already seems to be that the house must be haunted because of the murder that was committed there, and because it feels haunted. This is neither logical, nor rational. Groff behaves unscientifically on still more occasions such as the instance where he deduces Poltergeist activity based on debris falling from a ceiling that has crumbling rafters. This is a failure in properly investigating the environment. The pratfall of interpreting feelings as facts, again Nick Groff when assigning a preternatural source to random odors in the house (i.e. the burning smell). Groff, ignoring the investigative method when he declares the sounds of footsteps to be preternatural when they could easily have been real footsteps coming from either outside, or even downstairs. Katrina Wiedman’s testimony was equally lethargic, and unconvincing. Wiedman is alarmed by, but never investigates the source of, every creak, and expansion in the floor. Seeming to fancy herself gifted with mediumistic abilities, Wiedman is the one who elucidates that the debris ‘thrown from the attic’ is consistent with the behavior of a child’s spirit. She also has a propensity for buying into paranormal myths such as the nonsense, minus dissertation, that smaller structures must by nature hold more compact, spiritual energies. Then there is the owner of the building, Leo Wiedermeir, who testified to the validity of all of the above claims, but who also offered nothing concrete, other than general feelings of negativity. Wiedermeir also professed that the stove that was in the upstairs apartment was the very same one that Bowen used to boil Hall’s remains after murdering her. Anything is possible, but this is, at least, highly improbable. Most communities have a health department, and those governing bodies have laws regulating apartment ownership. Additionally, it’s doubtful that the New Orleans Police would have returned the appliance after it was tagged as evidence.
In conclusion, based on the equipment used; the claims; and the witnesses involved do nothing to prove that there is preternatural activity at the house at 826 N. Ramart Street in New Orleans, Louisianna. The case is, at least, still very much open.

Tracy Garnett is Lead Investigator for the International Society of Christian Demonologists, as well as an author and writer. Look for his upcoming website to appear soon!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Worship of a Pagan Goddess in a Roman Catholic Mass?

While I recognize that my headline might be sensational, it is not at all stretching the truth. Many of us have understood the many problems in the Catholic Church for some time, most of them issuing forth from the hallowed halls of the Vatican itself. However, we rarely see outright and blatant paganism and idolatry disguised as worship of the one true God. The Archdiocese of Toronto changed that during one of their televised Masses back in 2015. During this blasphemous ritual, which the priest and parish in question would defend as the Eucharist, they sang a hymn titled, "O' Beautiful Gaia". Gaia, for those who do not know, is the ancient Greek pagan Mother Goddess and personification of the earth. She is referred to as the mother of the pagan deity Uranus (a sky god), with whom she had sexual relations and bore the Titans and "Giants". Students of the work of Derek Gilbert will recognize the links to the Book of Enoch and Genesis 6. While those who chose this hymn would likely argue that it is simply an ode to our planet, even that is problematic, as the Eucharist is a means of grace instituted by Christ, wherein we commemorate His sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, and not a platform to promote some misguided extremist version of environmental action. Using such a hymn in effect politicizes the Eucharist, making it a platform for Cultural Marxist ideology.

The hymn itself was written by Carolyn McDade, an American "Progressive" (socialist) and radical Feminist. The lyrics are as follows:

In the recesses of our being we hear the call…the first and deepest call…
the call of Earth, through water and wind, forest and farmland, inviting 
us to become one again with all that lives. We are called home
to our place within the Earth community. We are called on, into the 
ongoing relatedness of creation.

O Beautiful Gaia, O Gaia calling us home,
O beautiful Gaia, calling us on.

Soil yielding its harvest, O Gaia calling us home
Soil yielding its harvest, calling us on.

Waves crashing on granite, O Gaia calling us home
Pine bending in windstorm, calling us on.

Loon nesting in marshland, O Gaia calling us home,
Loon nesting in marshland, calling us on. 

The following is the video of the Mass in question. The hymn to the pagan goddess Gaia begins at the 27:30 mark.

The Apostle John warns us regarding such idolatrous worship in writing, "Little children, guard yourselves from idols." (1 John 5:21) And God instructed the Israelites that, "You shall have no other gods before Me." (Exodus 20:3) It is important that we warn others of the dangers such seemingly innocent actions have, and to encourage them in worship of the One, True, and Living God, the only Creator and Master of Heaven and Earth.

Friday, July 27, 2018

What The Early Church Believed About the Anti-Christ

"Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming..."                                    - 1 John 2:18. 

Biblical prophecy reveals a mysterious figure Sacred Scripture calls the Anti-Christ. He is to emerge in the last days, and will be a man of charisma, international influence, and of unparalleled evil. There are many theories and ideas tossed around in the church today regarding his identity and what he might do, but few ever bother to approach the earliest Christian witness outside scripture for answers- the Church Fathers. What did they have to say about this personality who will violently persecute the church?

"For he is endowed with all the power of the devil. He will come- not as a righteous king, nor as a legitimate king in subjection to God- but as an unholy, unjust, and lawless one...He will set aside idols to persuade men that he himself is God..."- Irenaeus

""When he comes, he will reign over the earth for three years and six months."- Irenaeus

"Jeremiah does not merely point out the Antichrist's sudden coming (Jer. 8:16), but he even indicates the tribe from which he will come, when he says, "We will hear the voice of his swift horses from Dan".                                                                                                         - Irenaeus

"The deceiver seeks to liken himself in all things to the Son of God....Christ is a king, so the Antichrist is also a king. The Savior appeared as a lamb. So he, too, in like manner, will appear as a lamb, though within he is a wolf. The Savior came into the world in the circumcision, and the Antichrist will come in the same manner. The Lord sent apostles among all the nations, and he, in like manner, will send false apostles. The Savior gathered together the sheep that were scattered abroad. And he, in like manner, will bring together a people who are scattered abroad...The Savior raised up and showed His holy flesh like a temple, and he will raise a temple of stone in Jerusalem."                                                                                          - Hippolytus

"He says, "Dan is a lion's whelp" (Deut. 33:22). And in naming the tribe of Dan, he clearly declared the tribe from which the Antichrist is destined to spring. Just as Christ comes from the tribe of Judah, so the Antichrist is to come from the tribe of Dan."- Hippolytus

"And he will cause all those who will not worship the image of the beast to be put to death...Being full of guile and exalting himself against the servants of God, he desires to afflict them and persecute them out of the world, for they did not give glory to him. He will order censers to be set up by everyone, everywhere, so that none of the saints may be able to buy or sell without first sacrificing. For this is what is meant by the mark received upon the right hand."- Hippolytus

"Let us look also to his actions. He will call together all the people to himself, out of every country of the Dispersion, making them his own, as though they were his own children. He will promise to restore their country and reestablish their kingdom and nation, in order that he may be worshiped by them as God."- Hippolytus

"...he will build the city of Jerusalem, and restore the sanctuary."                                                                                                            - Hippolytus

"And in the middle of it, the abomination of desolation will be manifested. Then, there will remain only one which Elijah and Enoch will appear."- Hippolytus

"He will divide the globe into three ruling powers, when Nero will be raised up from Hades. Elijah will first come to seal the beloved ones. At these things, the region of Africa and the northern nation, the whole earth on all sides, will tremble for seven years. But Elijah will occupy the half of the time; and Nero will occupy the other half. Then the embers of the whore Babylon, being reduced to ashes, will advance to Jerusalem. And the Latin conqueror will then say, "I am Christ, whom you always pray to."....He does many wonders, since the false prophet is his."- Commodianus

"By this name (666), we understand the Antichrist. Although he is cut off from the divine light and deprived of it, he nevertheless transforms himself into an angel of light, daring to call himself light."- Victorinus

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Accountability Questions

Of all the problems in the church today, accountability is perhaps the most important we face. We live in a culture that fears and abhors any suggestion that our personal behavior, choices, and attitudes are the business of anyone else to either judge or question. We have absorbed the worldly notion that we are completely independent of others, and owe no one an explanation for our choices whatsoever. Part of this is the "rugged individualism" so inherent to Western thinking. Another factor is our current culture of relativism, that reinforces the fallacious idea that there is no objective truth, and thus nothing to answer for, as choices are just a matter of personal opinion or belief; my truth, your truth. And yet, Sacred Scripture is filled with examples of the necessity for accountability. For example: 

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."                                                                                                             - Proverbs 27:17

We are social beings, living our faith in a social world as members of a spiritual community. It is natural and healthy that our choices are a part of that collective experience we share as disciples. 

"Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him..."- Luke 17:3

While in bible college, we used a short list of questions to help us in our accountability to each other. What follows are those questions. I provide them in the hope that they might be of value to my readers personally, or in your local small group or church.
  1. Have I kept my conscience clear? 1 John 1:7
  2. Is there any unconfessed sin or disobedience in my life? 1 John 3:7-8
  3. Have I kept my thought life pure? 2 Corinthians 10:5
  4. Have I sought to grow spiritually by reading God's word daily? 1 Peter 2:2
  5. Have I communicated with God daily through prayer? Psalm 27:11; Mark 1:35
  6. Have I refrained from gossip and criticism, and have I discipline my tongue to speak for the glory of God? James 1:26
  7. Have I endeavored to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, strength, and my neighbor as myself? 1 Thessalonians 5:3-14; Deuteronomy 6:5
  8. Is there any area of my life that I have not yet surrendered fully to the will of God? Romans 12:1-2
  9. What positive virtue have I endeavored to add to my life this week? 2 Peter 1:5-8

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Derek Gilbert: Near Eastern Pagan History, the Bible, and Enoch

I rarely share video lectures here, mainly because I think people can generally find such material on their own, but after viewing this particular series of lectures several times, digging into the material for fact checking purposes, and weighing it against Sacred Scripture, I came away from it feeling I had learned some very important new insights and needed to share this with my readers. Now, do not get me wrong here. I am not suggesting that I have learned any new doctrines or anything of that sort, nor does the lecturer, Derek Gilbert, claim to have discovered any, but merely that he has done a fantastic job of connecting ancient Near Eastern pagan mythology and history to Sacred Scripture and ancient Enochian literature, such as the apocryphal book of Enoch and the Enochian fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Derek is not alone in this particular field of study, as we also find such stellar biblical scholars as Dr. Michael Heiser engaged in very similar studies and lectures. 

If you are a student of early Christianity, you will find that much of what Derek shares is reflected in the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, so he is not revealing something new, but restoring to our modern understanding something quite old, that stretches back to such men as Tertullian, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Ambrose, Clement of Rome, and Lactantius. I recommend those interested in going deeper into biblical research than is typical, to view this series of lectures slowly and deliberately, taking notes and frequently checking your Bible as Derek explores what it has to say about the pagan gods, fallen angels, the history of the ancient Near East, and Sacred Scripture. I pleasantly gained more knowledge, and trust that you will as well.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Sensus Divinitatis

I freely admit I have very little patience with the modern breed of Atheistic Naturalists. I attended a friend and former professor's philosophy meetup group on a number of occasions, and found myself literally disgusted by the behavior I witnessed as they offered feckless quips to avoid the obvious glaring errors in their ideology, of which there are many, if you know where to look. You encounter the same thing on any of the social media platforms where Christians interact with Atheists. One of the most often used attacks on Christians is the following: "As an Atheist, I have no burden of proof regarding my lack of belief in a God. I'm only making a null statement, while you- the Christian- are making a claim, which by definition requires evidence. Thus the burden of proof is on you to prove God exists, not on me to prove He doesn't." 

While this is an admittedly tired and worn out line, how might we respond to this without rolling our eyes and ignoring yet another silly statement? Let's see.

Is belief in God really as absurd as the Atheistic Naturalist would have it? The answer is a resounding, no. A belief in God is actually the default position of any intelligent person, since such a belief is logical and flows from our natural sense of God. That is, we possess an inherent sensus divinitatis that informs us God must exist, just as our physical senses inform us that the physical world- nature, other people, animal life, etc.- exists. In other words, it is a natural sense in humanity that God exists. Arnobius of Sicca wrote, "In whom has it not been implanted by nature, on whom has it not been impressed, yes, stamped almost in his mother;s womb even, in whom is there not a native instinct, that He is King and Lord, the Ruler of all things that be?" (Aga. Hea. 33)

This is our created instinct. What this means for those offering a hypothesis that God does not exist, is that they are under the same burden of proof as someone who might suggest that animals or trees do not exist. The reason for this is, the one making the claim that animals and trees do not exist (or that God does not exist) is claiming that our senses are faulty, and the data we receive from them cannot be trusted as reality. In other words, the Atheist who is challenging the default position is actually the one tasked with the burden of proof, and he must prove not only our senses to be faulty, but the data received to be untrustworthy, and then move on to prove God does not exist.

Having said that, what emerges from this understanding is that Atheism is actually a disorder of the mind, in which the Atheist distrusts his senses, and prefers a fantasy world wherein there is no God. Or, if we want to be more charitable, we could say that Atheism is a malfunction of the Atheists ability to form a proper understanding of God, as there is an inability to accurately process sensory information. In other words, he has a malfunction of his sense of God, much as blindness or deafness can be a malfunction of the sense of seeing and hearing. Essentially, the Atheistic Naturalist must provide some sort of substantive evidence as to why we should accept his claim that sound does not exist simply because he cannot hear.

It is an indictment on their belief system that Atheistic Naturalists, who will freely say they have no knowledge of a God, then go on to claim that God does not exist, just like the deaf man claiming that sound does not exist simply because he has no experience of sound.

The burden of proof is on the Atheist, not you, Christian.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

An Interview with a Psychologist on Exorcism and Mental Health

I interviewed U.K. based Dr. Joseph Dib, on the topic of the role of psychology in spiritual warfare ministry. Many times (far too often), pastoral care tends to ignore or overlook the importance of psychology in adequately addressing the many issues that can arise, including those of a preternatural nature. I think it is important to get the viewpoint of a Christian psychologist to bring some clarity to the issues.

Q: First, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. As a start, could you please tell my readers a bit about your professional background?
A: My pleasure. I’m a PhD Researcher (Clinical Psychology) at the University of Nottingham, England, United Kingdom. My academic background is a Bachelors in Clinical Psychology with a minor degree in Political Science. I also have a Masters of Science in Neuro-Psychology. My therapeutic background is in CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Analytical Therapy (Known as Jungian Psychology)

Q:Let's discuss demonic activity. We break down such activity into three levels: oppression, obsession, and possession. Each is a different degree of said activity. How would you advise those involved in this area of ministry to discern whether they are dealing with a psychological issue- for example, in cases of obsession- and something you as a professional would consider clearly preternatural?
A: I’m cautious with these terms because they tend to be generalised and it’s very difficult to give a straight simple answer here so bear with me. From the theological point of view, evil is present in the world ever since the fall. Things like murderous intent and sickness can be classified into obsession and oppression respectively. Though it’s true, it has the tendency to take off to much of the burden from the individual, thereby reducing the importance of free will. This could make an individual prideful and thus any bad thing he or she does or is inflicted with could easily project blame onto the devil. Sometimes, people tend to do or think bad things because they do enjoy it. People who psychologically repress (withhold these thoughts) are at a danger of projecting it onto other people or risk being eaten from the inside out. The act of confession in the Catholic faith is the act of an individual confessing his own shortcomings with full knowledge of the act committed. At the start of the 20th century when Freud came about, psychoanalysis replaced confession. Rather than an individual confessing his own sins, the therapist relays the blame onto someone else. It’s not uncommon to hear the therapist say 'oh you’re neurotic because so so happened with your mother or father', or whatever, therefore conditioning the individual to believe he or she are never really at fault and sin has been reduced to an excuse. The result is a society of prideful individuals who can do no wrong. Possession, on the other hand, is a different case because it is concrete, pulsating and most importantly, it breaks through free will; hence, why it’s called a possession. My first thought is how Hollywood has given the wrong impression (As they do with everything) of possession, making people believe every possessed case is movie worthy. Possession, as far as I know, is extremely rare because the devil’s job is to create atheists. If the devil was to possess an atheist, then the atheist would very much start believing in God – probably more than all of us. Psychotic episodes in themselves are rare – Schizophrenia is diagnosed in 1% of the general population. To the untrained practitioner, seeing an individual screaming the demonic voices are telling him to kill himself may not necessarily be a possession as depicted in movies. Mental disorders, as far as science goes, can be categorised. Possession, in its nature, is not of the material world. Therefore, the differences (i.e. the ‘symptoms’) are more profound than the similarities (speaking in tongues, knowledge the individual could not possibly know). An exorcist once told me about a possessed case whereby the individual lived a very Jekyll and Hyde life. Not to drag on, but assuming if confronted with a case, and one has to do a differential diagnosis, if it’s a mental disorder then drugs should make the individual better. If it’s a possession, drugs have no effect, and this is where the professional needs to swallow his skepticism and wonder if there’s something more at work. The problem is that many professionals may just keep drugging the individual if they see no improvement.

Q: What disorders do you commonly think are misunderstood as preternatural activity?
A: I would personally say Schizophrenia. The psychotic symptoms include hallucinations and delusions. If the hallucinations are of the auditory type, the ‘voices’ could be anything from a celebrity, to demons and/or angels. Delusions could be anything from persecutory (being chased) or grandiose (believing oneself to be the messiah or emperor of Antarctica).

Q: Having encountered such things as Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Bipolar Manic Depression, and other cognitive and behavioral disorders, I'm often shocked at the fact that some clerics have no grasp of these issues, and act on them as if they were preternatural issues. What do you think the potential dangers of this ignorance are, for both the cleric and the client?
A: The dangers go both ways, since ignorance affects everyone. If someone is suffering from a mental disorder-say the prodromal symptoms of schizophrenia- and the cleric is praying with no changes of symptoms, the untreated person will eventually develop the disorder fully with the brain fragmenting even more as time goes on, making treatment and recovery difficult. As for the cleric, not being able to recognise these differences puts himself at risk as mentally ill patients can be violent. It also puts a stain on his reputation and legal problems will follow if the patient requiring medical attention has been neglected. Overall, it does put a bad stain on religion.

Q: Would you advocate that clerics study psychology at more depth than is generally expected? If so, what could be gained to assist them in exorcism ministry.
A: In the Catholic Church, the exorcist should have a background in psychology or psychiatry in order to make a differential diagnosis. I would definitely advocate the same. It’s important to note that 99.9% of cases received by the Vatican are dubbed as a mental health problem since a true possession is rare.

Q: Unfortunately, most in your field take a very Atheistic approach to mental health, or at the very best a relativistic approach. You, however, are a man of faith. Does this cause you any problems with colleagues?
A: I always stand up with my back straight. If you make yourself a sheep, people will be quick to turn into wolves. I never needed the Bible to make a point of attacking atheism or relativism – common sense could do that. My colleagues could never say ‘Oh this is coming from your religious background’ (Even though they knew), because I could always dispel their statements from an analytical approach. The idea of assisting suicide goes against the Hippocratic Oath, for example. Atheism is too simple and nihilistic. I tend to laugh when addressing the issue merely because it is absurd. If everything is hopeless, then why bother helping a depressed patient who is hell bound on committing suicide? Are we to extend his hopelessness by helping him? Or are we to end his hopelessness by allowing him to kill himself as soon as possible? Our beliefs resonate out of us the same way the Holy Spirit resonates out of every practicing Christian. People who are suffering could sense this, because the human soul, no matter what state it is in, is always seeking hope. I was told by a colleague that one of the patients told her he enjoys conversing with me, because I talk about things like hope (even though I don’t mention my faith unless the patient brings it up), but I always thought this was common sense. The job of every Christian is to help set someone’s soul on fire. Atheists cannot do that, because they don’t believe in a soul. At best, they can tell someone to get better so they can do what exactly? Go back to their 9 to 5 job? Sports? Life? These things are beautiful, but only when seen from the spiritual sense, otherwise it’s all bland and repetitive. And like every Christian, one has to stand and fight like a knight. Since God created the human psyche, He understands it. When Christ said we should be like doves and serpents, He didn’t mean we should just be doves or just serpents. The same should be applied in the workplace.

Q: I think you would agree that evil absolutely does exist. With that said, in what ways do you see it most commonly manifest in the psychology of our current culture? To what extent do you think our culture is an expression of evil?
A: This answer could manifest itself into multiple books. As I mentioned above, the act of therapy has overtaken the act of confession, so we live in a culture whereby the blame is always someone or something else, therefore creating a society of ‘oppressed victims’. One of the directors of the American Psychiatric Association, who was an Atheist, committed suicide and his suicide letter addressed evil. He was perplexed how a society has become extremely relativistic. The act of removing sin and adding ‘disorder’ has gone too far. For example, a serial killer in today’s world is now a subject of fascination. Why did he do this? 'Oh, he did this because his father used to beat him causing his brain not to grow normally therefore creating a personality that thrives on violence' etc. Eventually, we find all sorts of reasons, to the point we don’t blame the serial killer and we even forget the victim. The moment we dismissed the idea of sin – the one thing in Christianity that can be proven without reasonable doubt, we allowed evil to pour in relentlessly. I’ve always seen evil the way it’s been seen from the beginning, but has always been intelligent to change forms. What is good and what is true stays the same, as it has nothing to hide, but evil is deceptive. The seven deadly sins is like a hydra with 7 heads – you cut one head in one era and it comes back in another era. 

A lot of people say communism is a 20th century idea, but in truth it’s traced back all the way to the Garden of Eden. (Why serve God? Why not you become Gods?) It only manifested itself from a humanistic perspective to a political one. 

Psychologically, I’ve noticed severely psychotic patients tend to have bizarre delusions, and I’ve observed that, in some cases, where insight is completely devastated, their delusionary content can’t identify to anything properly. For example, I’ve seen patients believe they are a sort of hermaphrodite figure. Jung said the hermaphrodite was a phase where man and woman were at one time, before being separated. However, I see it differently. I see it as utter chaos, because the mind no longer has a foundation. Like evil, it is malleable and ever weary. One day I was reading on the Knights Templar, and how they were accused of worshiping the demonic figure of Baphomet, who has the head of goat, a woman’s breast and is presumably male. I took a break, went on Twitter, and saw how the LGBTQ organised a reading to little children with a man (or woman) with horns and colours educating the children. At that point I realised something; that someone doesn’t need to be clinically ill to be diagnosed with a disorder; evil does it for them. 

The result of removing sin has caused the mind to fragment, ever looking for a foundation, and this is why our society has individuals who can’t even identify with their own gender. They have become a personified form of Baphomet. They are forever and always changing, until even the mind has had enough and will put an end to itself. Of course, the blame would be to society that doesn’t accept them, but as I said, the blame is on everyone except the individual. I could go on, but I don’t want to drag this on. I’ll conclude with how it’s important to recognise evil – literature shows us different forms and how they manifest into our culture today. It comes in the name of tolerance, because everyone is a victim, since no one can accept their own fault, thus producing a society of victims and extremely weak men. The truth stands ground, even if it has gone through abandonment, flogging and crucifixion. The truth recognises itself while evil does it best to be called evil.

Q: In the 1980s there was a wave of claims of Satanic Ritualistic Abuse. Memories were said to have been recovered using regression therapies, etc. Later, it turned out that the people accused were innocent and many of those making claims said they had been manipulated by their therapists. First, do you believe such abuse is real? Second, to what extent are such regression methods actually trustworthy and useful?
A: Absolutely. I’ve said feminists can’t get over their lack of feminism the same way psychologists can’t get over their pasts. You’ll be surprised how many people studying psychology go into this profession because they’re trying to fix something within themselves. We’re living in a narcissistic society and pride, which is the worst sin, has gone into everything. We can see this in medicine – a doctor is a civil servant but acts as if he has the power over life and death. I tell my doctor friends that it was St. Luke the physician who accompanied Paul, not the other way around. It’s the same with Psychologists. The cases seen in the 80s were seen in the 90s, and even today. 

Freud announced his famous ‘Wolf Man Case’ was cured of depression, even though the patient wrote that his depression got worse. Unethical practices are common in therapy but they’re also common in research. I work in doing systematic reviews, and there are many studies that, when analysed, don’t add up. Some treatments can’t possibly do well with this trial, and do bad in that trial. Eventually, a pattern begins to show that there were biased results and researchers were approached by big pharmaceutical companies to test their drugs and pay them for it. 

The first book my Professor gave me was called “Testing Treatments” by Hazel Thorton that addresses all these issues. If evil can get into the priesthood, it can definitely get into anything else – quite easily too.

As for therapeutic methods, it depends on the case and the evidence relating to it. There are different therapeutic methods, but if you’re addressing the issue of regression, I would say that it is useful, though it is seen to be romanticised. I’ve dealt with patients who suffer with psycho-somatic symptoms. That is, a psychological pain manifesting itself physically. Some are conscious and some aren’t. When the patient addresses them, the symptoms disappear. But as I said, they’re all very case specific.

Q: Any final thoughts you'd like to leave my readers with?
A: I’d advise anyone to read people who spoke relentlessly on the topic. G.K. Chesterton is the best example I could think of. Mainly because he spoke about anything and everything. I advise people to pray and meditate from the Christian perspective. Prayer is when you speak to God, but meditation is when you listen. In today’s world, we aren’t listening, and our prayers are heavily based on requests rather than asking God’s will be done. As a Catholic, my cathedral whereby I find my alone time to pray and meditate is filled with statues of Saints and scenes from the Bible. When gazing upon a Saint, I contemplate the extraordinary life he or she has gone through and I identify the main issues at the time he or she dealt with, and if I could identify my own issues and the issues of the world today, and what I can do to fulfill God’s commandments. I’d recommend something overlooked in today’s world – the body as a temple. The body is where the soul dwells so if it is failing, then both mind and soul are in disarray. Diet and exercise is extremely neglected and is something we should take seriously. Lastly, buy your local parish priest or revenant a pint of beer – they go through a lot for your sake. I smile mostly when in company of priests and monks. Eventually, we started having weekly philosophical and theological meetings after mass at the local pub. People from different professions added their inputs and exchanged readings which helped one another grow, made onlookers curious which is always a potential candidate and saint waiting to happen. God bless.