|The Teign Valley - a green and pleasant land now marred by satanic rituals|
*The peace of the Teign Valley in Devon has been shattered by a series of horrific attacks on animals suspected to be the work of satanists.
The reports cover ducks found decapitated, lambs left to die in fields with their front legs severed and horses and goats tortured and dismembered.
It would be hard to lay the blame for such acts on street thugs and vandals who do not normally operate in the countryside, preferring the city streets for their brand of criminal violence.
Supporting evidence pointing to satanists comes in the form of ritualistic symbols and other signs surrounding the remains of the unfortunate animals.
We have become a complacent society all too keen to appear non judgemental and accepting of all forms of social and anti social behaviour.
It is not uncommon, here in West Wales, for a local 'witch' to be interviewed in the regional press, making comments on religious and social affairs. The preserve, 30 years ago, of various ministers of Christian denominations.
We have absorbed tarot cards, ouija boards, horoscopes and the like as part of our daily fare. There are even boxed children's games based on ouija boards.
Back in the 1980s when we had a smallholding deep in the Forest of Dean; on a hill supposed to be one of the main ley line centres in the country (I don't know much about ley lines and I don't wish to further my knowledge), I was out late at night, assisting our small flock of ewes to give birth.
At one stage, while at the bottom of the field I looked some two hundred yards to the top where field met forest, only to see forty or so candle lit lanterns deep in the woodland.
No sign of any movement.
Nothing but the flickering lights, in a place some quarter of a mile from any road or forest track.
I am afraid that I did not investigate further, wild horses would not have made me take one step in that direction; I finished with the lambing and went to bed for a rather uneasy sleep.
Some 60 miles away, Glastonbury, once a pleasant country town and seat of Catholic history and devotion, was sinking under the influence of New Age followers and all their hangers on.
The Buddhists, Hare Krishnas, Yoga practitioners and the like all have links back to the occult whether through the individual beliefs of their followers or their actual practices.
Now, idol worshipping Glastonbury stands as an example of what is taking place throughout Britain, the rapid spread of witchcraft and the occult in general.
The Bishops will not speak out against it, I suspect that they do not even wish to acknowledge its existence as it would be an admission of the failure of the reforms that have taken place since the 70s.
What to do?
One thing that must be done is to talk about it. Bring the topic to the fore of conversations with family and friends and make people aware of the sinister forces that are at work here.
So many young people are drawn blindly into the fringes of the occult through the horoscope pages in every newspaper and magazine.
That is the start of a process of decline that involves the denial of the power of God and His Divine Son and the acceptance of another supernatural power.
Of course, we may also say what Father Z calls "the Michael Prayer" a potent force against all forces of evil....
defend us in battle.
Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
by the power of God,
thrust down into hell Satan, and all wicked spirits,
who wander through the world for the the ruin of souls.
*Reports made in The Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers