Author Archives: Thomas J. Neal, Ph.D.

How a scientist learned to work with exorcists

Originally at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/01/as-a-psychiatrist-i-diagnose-mental-illness-and-sometimes-demonic-possession/?postshare=9901467386940808&tid=ss_tw In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, … Continue reading

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What does the Armenia trip tell us about Pope Francis?

Originally at: https://cruxnow.com/analysis/2016/06/27/armenia-trip-tell-us-pope-francis/ Papal trips are important for many reasons, including their geopolitical significance, their meaning for relations with other Christian churches and other faiths, their impact on the local Catholic community, and the media coverage they generate. As a result, … Continue reading

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Why same-sex marriage will pave the way to polygamy

Originally at: http://religionnews.com/2016/06/20/why-same-sex-marriage-will-pave-the-way-to-polygamy/ “What harm would it do?” This was the question frequently asked by those who supported same-sex marriage. I sought to answer that question with a pamphlet that I wrote and the Family Research Council published, titled, “The Top … Continue reading

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Pope says ‘martyrdom, not ‘genocide,’ is the best word

Originally at: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2016/06/19/pope-says-martyrdom-not-genocide-best-word/ ROME- Pope Francis on Saturday said “martyrdom,” not “genocide,” is the best word to describe what’s happening today to Christians in places such as Iraq, Syria and Libya, where large numbers of Christians are either being killed or driven … Continue reading

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New: Full of Grace

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Pope Francis rips ‘bloodsucking’ bosses and prosperity theology

Originally at: http://religionnews.com/2016/05/19/pope-francis-rips-bloodsucking-bosses-and-prosperity-theology/ by Rosie Scammell VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has blasted employers who do not provide health care as bloodsucking leeches and he also took aim at the popular “theology of prosperity” in a pointed sermon on the dangers of … Continue reading

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THE SISTERS WHO TREAT THE UNTREATABLE

Originally at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/magazine/the-sisters-who-treat-the-untreatable.html?_r=0 by GILLIAN LAUB and BROOKE JARVIS At the beginning of the 20th century, sick Americans typically died at home. By the middle of it, they mostly died in hospitals. And yet this great transformation in the geography of death … Continue reading

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