The world of a Satanist is a secretive one, which typically involves indulging the passions and mocking all things Christian, particularly Catholic. A few respond to grace and renounce the lifestyle, however, embracing Catholicism and sharing stories of their time as Satanists. The following are stories shared with me by three Catholics who are ex-Satanists, who now publicly share their stories in various public Catholic forums as both speakers and writers.
Deborah Lipsky is author of A Message of Hope: Confessions of an Ex-Satanist. Deborah is originally from Massachusetts, got involved with Satanism as a teen, and returned to the Catholic Church of her youth in 2009. You’d be surprised to discover that seemingly respectable citizens in your community are members of satanic covens, she said, as “they’re people you meet on the street. They’re doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs.”
Deborah has autism, which led to her isolation as a child. She attended Catholic schools in grades 7-10. Rejection and abuse by other children led her to misbehave in class, which made her unpopular with the nuns who ran the school “and they suggested I deserved the treatment I received. I was angry at the nuns, so, as a joke and to get even, I started coming to school wearing the pentagram. I would also draw it on my homework assignments. They asked me to leave the school. Now, these were the pre-internet days, so I began reading about Satanism in books, and then began talking with Satanists.”
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