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?
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.