Saint Death – not a saint, not Catholic and worshipped for evil

Saint Death is not a saint. Nor is she Catholic. She is worshipped for evil purposes. Millions of people idolise her skeletal form.

Her other names are Santa Muerte or “Holy Death”. She is popular in Mexico and Central America and in some parts of the United States.

In fact, there is no Catholic Saint Death. The practice of idolising her was condemned by  a Vatican official in 2013. In his view the practice is like “the celebration of devastation and of hell.”

Fr. Gary Thomas, a Vatican-trained exorcist said Saint Death is a corruption. Se distorts what Christians believe about Jesus, who came to give us eternal life.

“‘Saint Death’ is an oxymoron. God is a God of the living, not the dead,” he said.

Andrew Chestnut, who has been studying the devotion to Santa Muerte for eight years, says Muerte is particularly favoured by criminals and drug lords.

He sees her as the “Poster girl of narco-satanic spirituality” and estimates she has a following of between 10-12 million people. They seek favours of vengeance from her – these are for things they would never ask of God or a canonised saint.

Andres Gutierrez, the pastor of St. Helen’s parish in Rio Hondo, Texas, agrees.

He said Muerte is viewed by those who idolise her as a non-judgmental “saint” that can be invoked for evil intentions to protect them from the law.










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