Priest warns against alleged 'satanic rosaries'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — A priest warns Catholic faithful against the circulation of so-called "satanic rosaries", saying they could be "infested or cursed."

In the Aug. 7 episode of the Hello Father 911 radio show, Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi said rosaries and other religious items bearing satanic symbols have been found.

A report posted on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) quotes Fr. Legaspi saying these items "were made not only to be simply given away but to deceive Catholics…so that evil spirits will haunt them."

Philippe De Guzman, an assistance case officer of the Diocese of Novaliches Office of Exorcism said during the show that some of these symbols could be a snake wrapped around the cross, as well as suns which is allegedly a symbol of the illumnati.

These symbols, he said, are not always visible to the naked eye.

Legaspi said if a person sees unfamiliar symbols on a cross, it would be best to consult with a priest to determine what these are.

He added the people who made these items could have performed a ritual to consecrate them with evil.

There are places in the U.S., Legaspi said, where such items can be bought.

When given religious items as gifts, Legaspi advises the faithful to have these exorcised as well as blessed.

"Hindi lang ordinaryong blessing na wisik-wisik lang ng tubig – kasi minsan 'yun lang ang ginagawa ng pari – pero meron talagang ritual," Legaspi said.

[Translation: Not the ordinary blessing with holy water – which is sometimes the only thing priests do – but an actual ritual.]


The CBCP clarified that Legaspi "was speaking as head of the diocese of Novaliches office of exorcism (Libera Nox) and not for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines."

They told CNN Philippines that they have no position on the issue for now.