Francis inspires rising tide of exorcists and exorcisms

Francis’ respect for and practical belief in the reality of the demonic has allowed people who were hitherto shy about discussing the devil and similar facts to come out of the woodwork and ask for the graces and helps the Church provides in confronting Old Scratch. This includes exorcisms and there has been a corresponding [Read More...]

Jane Goodall Thinks Bigfoot is Real

Today’s crypto-zoology bombshell. I don’t have strong views on  this.  My wife has a friend who says she saw Bigfoot once.  So there’s that. Also the uber-reliable Daily Mail reports that a geneticist named Brian Sykes has done DNA analyses of the descendants of a 19th Century Siberian apewoman and thinks she was a yeti. [Read more...]

Mysterious Voice calls for help in fatal crash

God, under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, can do whatever he likes. [Read more...]

Anomalous Events that Shake Skepticism

God is incorrigibly personal and does stuff like this. [Read more...]

If we don’t accept the Gospel of Thomas, why accept the Shroud of Turin

A reader writes: I enjoyed your talk today about what was in the bible and why i.e. Churches were using some documents like Luke but not Thomas etc. Those “new” documents found in the second century that were “secretly” taught were rejected. I was wondering your thought on the shroud of Turin since it is [Read More...]

Every Country Needs a Cool Mysterious Lake Monster

Here’s a story on Iceland’s, complete with some pretty convincing video that there’s something in that lake (snake? eel?  Nessie’s cousin?) [Read more...]

Tom McDonald has been doing a series on ghosts

over at God and the Machine. The series is here. His latest post is here. I’ve always found the topic interesting since I have great respect for human traditions that are universally attested throughout all of human history, as ghosts are. At the same time, I find it fascinating that the Church is, in its [Read More...]

My inner 8 year old…

really wants this to be true.  So I’m just going to go ahead and decree that it is. [Read more...]

We’re Talking About Tales of the Unexplained….

…over at the Register.  Join the fun! [Read more...]

I’ve Always Liked Chesterton’s Blunt and Refreshing Assessment…

…of St. Thomas’ belief in devils.  Moderns hem and haw and are embarrassed about the devil.  Chesterton, not so much. In his Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox he writes: I have not thought it necessary to notice those critics who, from time to time, desperately play to the gallery by reprinting paragraphs [Read More...]