There is another thread on here about werewolves and the theoretical moral dilemma that would arise if they really existed.
As I understand it, there were extensive books of demonology produced in the Middle Ages, and a whole armoury for spiritual warfare against all kinds of supernatural beings, goblins, boggles, werewolves, the undead, werewolves, etc. Consequently, one may assume that somewhere there are recorded the correct rites for a Catholic exorcist to bless all kinds of strange things to ward off evil spirits, vampires, werewolves, and all kinds of other bizarre supernatural beings. (I wonder if the rite for the blessing of silver bullets was revised at Vatican II?) Several saints stories have encounters with dragons, St George for example. There is even a mention of goat-demons and lilith the devourer of children in the Bible (Isaiah 34:14).
There is an acceptance by some Catholics, and certainly by most Orthodox, that demons really do exist and interact on the earthly plain. A few Catholics, including many priest-exorcists, believe in the phenomenon of spirits trapped in this world who need help going on to their eternal home.
Does the other stuff of folklore and legend really exist? If not, did it ever exist? If not, does that mean all those scholars of the paranormal in the Middle Ages wasted their lives?
I’m going to leave this thread alone now, as I have a terrible feeling, like a presence of some bad kind in my room. I don’t normally feel the presence of the Evil One, I’m not some psycho, but I feel like I’ve opened up something that maybe I shouldn’t. That surprises me, as this wasn’t intended to be anything more than a place for some fairly light-hearted speculation.
I ask the moderator to exercise prayerful discernment as to whether to pull this thread, and not to think twice if he thinks something sinister about it.