The Attitude of the Catholic Church Towards Witchcraft and the Allied Practices of Sorcery and Magic

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National capital Press, Incorporated, 1915 - 138 páginas
 

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Página 7 - Some wicked women, reverting to Satan, and seduced by the illusions and phantasms of demons, believe and profess that they ride at night with Diana on certain beasts, with an innumerable multitude of women, passing over immense distances, obeying her commands as their mistress, and evoked by her on certain nights.
Página 88 - Bremen, provinciis, civitatibus, terris, locis et dioecesibus complures utriusque Sexus personae, propriae salutis immemores et a fide catholica deviantes, cum daemonibus incubis et succubis abuti, ac suis incantationibus...
Página 7 - ... women, reverting to Satan, and seduced by the illusions and phantasms of demons, believe and profess that they ride at night with Diana on certain beasts, with an innumerable multitude of women, passing over immense distances, obeying her commands as their mistress, and evoked by her on certain nights. It were well if they alone perished in their infidelity and did not draw so many along with them. For innumerable multitudes, deceived by this false opinion, believe all this to be true, and thus...
Página 7 - ... spirit ? It is to be taught to all that he who believes such things has lost his faith, and he who has not the true faith is not of God, but the devil." In some way this utterance came to be attributed to a Council of Anquira, which could never be identified ; it was adopted by the canonists and embodied in the successive collections of...
Página 24 - For, as we have already suggested,5 there is hardly a human being who is unattended by a demon; and it is well known to many, that premature and violent deaths, which men ascribe to accidents, are in fact brought about by demons. This imposture of the evil spirit lying concealed in the persons of the dead, we are able, if I mistake not, to prove by actual facts, when in cases of exorcism (the evil spirit) affirms himself sometimes to be one of the relatives...
Página 114 - Even if undertaken out of curiosity the performance of a magical ceremony is sinful as it eitherproves a lack of faith or is a vain superstition. The Catholic Church admits in principle the possibility of interference in the course of nature by spirits other than God, whether good or evil, but never without God's permission. As to the frequency of such interference especially by malignant agencies at the request of man, she observes the utmost reserve.
Página 82 - Cum negotium fidei, quod summe privilegiatum existit, per occupationes alias non debeat impediri, inquisitores ipsi de iis, nisi manifeste haeresim saperent, ratione huiusmodi officii sibi commissi se nullatenus intromittant, sed eos relinquant suis iudicibus pena debita castigandos.
Página 23 - But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God : and I would not that ye should have communion with demons.
Página 122 - Malleus maleficarum in tres partes divisus, in quibus concurrentia ad maleficia, maleficiorum effectus, remedium adversus maleficia et modus denique procedendi ac puniendi maleficos abunde continetur", Coloniae 1489.
Página 83 - XXII., optans ferventer maleficos interfeotores gregis dominici effugare de medio domus Dei, vult, ordinat, vobisque committit, quod auctoritate sua contra eos, qui daemonibus immolant, vel ipsos adorant , aut homagium ipsis faciunt. dando eis in signum chartam...

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