Anti-Satanism Panel Set Up

CATANZARO, Italy, OCT. 29, 2004 ( Wary of the rise of Satanism, the bishop of San Marco Argentano-Scalea has established a commission to study and prevent the phenomenon.

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Bishop Domenico Crusco said the commission will study Satanic occultism and has «the subsequent and urgent duty to plan an adequate prevention and catechesis, beginning with the schools with the direct involvement of teachers of the Catholic religion.»

«Black Masses» and «Satanic rites in general" are «an ever more widespread and worrying phenomenon; we are all invited to a concrete commitment against the expansion of initiatives that refer to the world of the occult,» the bishop said in a statement sent to the whole country.

Mention is made of the Upper-Tyrrhenian area, where consecrated hosts were stolen from a church next to the Belvedere Marittimo railroad station, according to the Italian bishops’ SIR information agency.

The new diocesan commission is made up of the episcopal vicar, the local Caritas director, and a parish priest-professor. It has the support of an information technology specialist.

The bishop invited the members of the commission «to carry out an appropriate sensitization in parishes through the parish priests, avoiding counterproductive fears and psychosis and useless alarmism.»

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