Lately it seems like we have been seeing many, many threads dealing with people’s alleged experiences with the demonic. Some of these are bordering on, or essentially consist of, private revelation except with demons.
Example: Person posts saying, "I saw Jesus in my backyard and he said these things to me, " etc. is clearly private revelation and can be flagged and removed under the “no private revelation discussions” rule.
However, person posts saying, “I saw a demon in my kitchen and he threw my coffee pot against the wall and broke it” and everybody takes that seriously and starts handing out advice about how to deal with the demon - use some holy water, throw out the evil cursed coffee pot or other “infested” object, call the priest.
I try to be open-minded and kind because I understand that some people come from cultures where demons, curses, etc may be part of daily folklore. Also, I do not dispute the point that demons exist and the Devil is real and so forth. But on the other hand, many people’s reports of “demons” are actually something very different such as simple bad luck or mental illness, and it is not helpful to them or to the Catholic Church generally if strangers on the Internet take these posts seriously when they do not know the poster and when the poster is doing the foolish thing of asking the Internet about something they should be taking to their priest.
Some days lately it feels like this board has become some nutty horror movie.
Should we be flagging such posts? Like I said I don’t want to be insensitive to people, but if you’re seeing a demon in your home, you need either the priest or a mental health counselor, you don’t need the Internet.