Black lives do matter. Period.

My first step-father was a racist and an abuser. He constantly used the “n”-word and denigrating language for all who were non-white. He also beat my mother and fired a gun inside our home. I never embraced racism in any form—my stepfather’s character made that easy. During my youth, by God’s providence, I stumbled across a book entitled Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, and found in it a deep and decisive affirmation of my instinct that no one should be mistreated on the basis of the color of his skin.

Even so, what if, as a faithful Catholic, you discovered that a group ostensibly dedicated to combating racism—a group with which you have aligned yourself—achieved their ends by conjuring demons to aid them? Most believing Catholics would run for the hills upon even the possibility of something like this, especially those few who (like me) have assisted in exorcisms and experienced first-hand the destructive power of the demonic. Having the devil as a partner in any action corrupts all the good and militates against any authentic remedy. Seeking aid from the enemy of souls is why exorcists in dioceses around the country experience non-stop demands for deliverance.

Praise the Lord

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