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The Catholic Church Vs. Vampires

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys get out the Holy Water, Garlic, and Crucifixes and discuss what the Catholic Church says about Vampires.

In this episode you will learn:
• The folklore and origins of Vampires
• The legend of the first Vampire in The Garden of Eden
• How the real historical Dracula was Catholic
• The medieval Catholic document for hunting monster
• and much more

14 comments on The Catholic Church Vs. Vampires

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    Coincidentally I watched Fright Night last night! In the movie, hands down the worst neighbor ever moved next door to a nice family living in a quiet neighborhood. I have also worked with a few vampires in the work place and/or people who suck out your life force. When I was a kid I couldn’t read enough about vampires and other monsters. I think people/kids like to see monsters and watch horrible deaths to take some of the fear of really dying out of them as it just couldn’t be as bad. I don’t watch these movies any more but watched Fright Night because I like Roddy McDowall and there was much of nothing on elsewhere.

    I had heard about the Jewish legendary wife named Lilith. Her being the mother of all vampires I had never heard before. I had heard about her relationships with demons. Talk about worst dates ever. Gee, I have nothing doing next Saturday night maybe I will call up a demon. Talk about self-destructive tendencies and making poor dating choices!

    Everlasting death as compared to everlasting life. I know what I would choose. That was interesting about vampire lore and how they would have to stop their pursuit and count up every grain of rice or salt thrown at them by someone trying to escape! Now I know why we toss spilled salt over the shoulder. Vlad, the impaler I had heard about but didn’t know he was the greatest, perhaps, lapsed Catholic in history! I never knew he was a Catholic so-called.

    Interesting document from the Dominicans – ‘The Hammer of the Witches’ – or user guide for fighting off evil demons, vampires, witches, etc. I had wanted to learn more Latin but I would kill an already ‘dead’ language just like you guys did during the podcast. It ain’t easy evidently. But, reading it and comprehending the words would probably prove easier than pronunciation.

    I agree with our inquisition expert, Fr. Rich, and you can’t give last rites to someone who is dead. He chose death over life and to be immortal without Christ. All in all a funny episode about the undead.

    Thanks and take care!

  2. Yvonne Balcer says:

    The fingernails do not grow but the skin shrink as it lose moisture.

  3. Isn’t Dracula written by a Catholic? If you get to the end, it’s actually a very story about a man who became angry with for letting his wife take her own life and thus condemning her. But he finds her (if you believe in reincarnation, ok, so not entirely Catholic:) and together—and they very specifically state “in the presence of God” they redeem each other in love and forgiveness. It’s actually quite a beautiful story.

    1. Colin Callaghan says:

      I believe Stoker was a member of the Church of Ireland, similar to the construct in the Anglicans.

  4. I’m planning on reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula soon, which, somehow I’ve never read before! For those enamored with Catholic vampire fiction, you can find a page by that name on Facebook, run by some contemporary Catholic authors of vampire fiction – Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, Karen Ullo, et al.

    1. A body that cannot digest food anymore but can, blood. Pigs blood is available I’ve heard. A man told me his wife was il, being kept alive by blood transfusions.

  5. Alright…chill. Im a native Floridian and on the coast in the panhandle…drinking a Natty Light, watering my plants and watching y’all!!😁😁😁 Love your show!!

    1. J. Ellner says:

      Where to begin?

      Stoker was Protestant, likely C of E, but unknown. VLAD (Drakulya) Dracula III, also known as Kaziklu Bey (translated, “the Impaler”) was born Eastern Orthodox, but converted to Roman Catholicism later in life. The bit about a wife’s suicide MAY be true, but the whole reincarnation thing was invented by Francis Ford Coppola for his version of the film, Dracula. The book by Stoker mentions no such thing.

      The book is worth reading for historical value. It describes wonderfully what life in late Victorian was like, from unique personal perspectives.

  6. Nick says:

    Very interesting.

    But I think its Lei in Romania. Was a couple of years ago anyway.

    1. stehen casciotta usn ret. says:

      yeah I have some buddys that are romanian. I mess with about vampires steve

  7. Karen Ullo says:

    Hey guys, great show! Carolyn gave us a shout out above, but there are actually quite a few Catholic authors writing vampire fiction that explores all the dramatic possibilities of the vampire as anti-Eucharist. We have a Facebook Page called Catholic Vampire Fiction run by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson (“A Bloody Habit), Gabriel Blanchard (“Death’s Dream Kingdom”), J.B. Toner (“Whisper Music”), and me, Karen Ullo (“Jennifer the Damned.”) Might be something you want to check out.

  8. Stephen Casciotta usn ret. says:

    hey you guys great ! I just found you guys on iTunes. I been a catholic all my life, but not practicing one I go to confession about 2 or 3 times a year. but do not attend mass, expect christmas/ easter! however I left god while young. but I came back a long time ago. I have been looking for a catholic podcast that is not the regular ones. funny but inspiring. thanks steve c. usn ret. god bless! later

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