How many angels can fit in the head of an angelologist?

Self-proclaimed angel expert priest says OH YES, there are angels, just as their are demons. They just don’t have fluffy wings.

Where do we draw the line on making stuff up and expertise on supernatural beings?

Angels Exist But Have No Wings, Says Church.

Catholic Church “angelologist” Father Renzo Lavatori says the celestial beings are back in vogue thanks to various New Age religions.

But he insists that the traditional portrayal of angels as hovering, winged cherubs rather misses the mark.

Father Lavatori said the popularised image of angels is a necessary result of their being “back in fashion” but is dismissive of all the angel art around Christmas.

“There is space for that, but you have to understand that these are not real representations. Angels do not have wings or look like cherubs,” he said.

The widely-published Catholic clergyman is also a “demonologist” and says angels are more needed than ever.

This is because increasing secularisation and materialism in society have left an “open door” for the devil, he said.

“There is a lot more interference from diabolical forces. That is why you see queues of people outside the exorcists’ offices in churches,” he said.

Father Renzo says you don’t see angels as much as you can feel their presence, describing them like “sunlight that refracts on you through a crystal vase.” How does he know?

Lots of demons around these days, he says. How does he know?

The word “angel” comes from the Greek words angelos which means “messenger”. Many people believe they are real and they exist in slightly different forms in different religions. Even nonreligious people think the idea of angels are cool. The Christian angel is the most well known – with the wings and halo.

Not all angels are created equal.  They are said to be invisible but can take on a form.

I will act as the angel of skepticism for Father Renzo – angels are fiction but they make people feel good. Stop with the “angels are real” stuff unless you can prove it. I don’t see or hear any angels around, or devils, but I can recognize some historical fiction around here. Nice myth.

On a Wing and a Prayer: The Search for Guardian Angels – CSI.

NOT an accurate depiction of an angel. Painting by Bernhard Plockhorst. (From Wikicommons)

NOT an accurate depiction of an angel. Painting by Bernhard Plockhorst. (From Wikicommons)

  6 comments for “How many angels can fit in the head of an angelologist?

  1. Lagaya1
    December 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Looks like the angel in the picture is about to push the kids off the cliff. I say she’s a demon pretending to be an angel.

  2. December 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    “There is space for that, but you have to understand that these are not real representations. Angels do not have wings or look like cherubs,” he said.

    Well,I’m glad he straightened everyone out on that account. After all,we wouldn’t want to be embarrassed going around believing something as improbable as an angel with wings,or one that looked like a cherub…that would be just silly.

  3. F-89
    December 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    If I remember correctly, the biblical forms of angels look more like Lovecraftian monsters than the winged humans people are familiar with-and to look upon one meant death in some cases.

  4. December 21, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    How do they fly around then?

  5. Brian
    December 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    I can poke holes n his methodology.. First off, evil forces (demons) are outnumbered 2 to 1, as they are supposedly ⅓ of however many angels god created. (I hope my math is right… but I doubt it. ) This should mean evil should be either unchanged or on the decline. There shouldn’t BE ‘lots of demons lately’, because the numbers have remained the same (according to the bible). I read on a christian woo site that there are (supposedly) 10 angels for every human on the planet, and being near limitless in power, this planet should be a paradise with little to no problems, like starving, abused children, people who are dragged to their last dime and left to die thanks to forces beyond their control, and a decrease in judgmental, crazy religious people who do nothing but judge and harm others.

  6. bil cool
    December 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I hate it when other people have more invisible friends than I do.

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