‘Know your enemy,’ right?
Especially when your enemy is getting more popular. Seems that the increasing interest in the occult is not lost on the Catholic Church. For the first time ever, a Vatican university is offering a qualification diploma in Satanism. The classes are offered through the school of theology at Regina Apostolorum.
From the Washington Times Article:
The first series of four-hour lectures, to start next month, will cover the anthropological, theological and liturgical aspects of Satanism, and will include instruction by an exorcist within the Roman Catholic Church.
With over 100 interested students, priests and others signed up for this $250 diploma course, there’s clearly some money to be made as well.
Satanists are “dismayed at the prospect of a Vatican campaign against them” which is kind of funny, if you think about it.
Maybe the Satanists should offer classes on Catholicism? Just a thought.
[Feb 2005 Update – MSNBC article on the same Vatican/Satansim classes.]