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Did 16th-century priest have 'superpowers' ?

Posted on Thursday, 13 September, 2012 | Comment icon 32 comments | News tip by: the L

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Catholic priest Pedro Ruiz Calderón was put on trial in Mexico City for practicing black magic.

Records of the trial that took place in the year 1540 have revealed the startling nature of the case. Rather than attempting to plead his innocence like most people would, Calderón instead boasted about the remarkable 'superpowers' he claimed to have. These included turning invisible, predicting the future, teleporting over large distances, turning base metals in to gold and the summoning of demons. He even claimed that he had journeyed in to hell itself in order to obtain many of his abilities.

Surprisingly, despite prosecutor Fray Juan de Zumárraga's notorious use of extreme punishments, Calderón received only an exile back to Spain and a two-year ban from giving Catholic services.

"According to the trial records, Calderón claimed that he went to hell itself to acquire some of his abilities."

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Comment icon #23 Posted by TheMacGuffin on 22 September, 2012, 21:23
Every year in Salem they have a reenactment of the trial of Bridget Bishop at the Old Towne Hall, where she is of course found guilty, as well as tours of the Witch Dungeon and other historical sites. http://chrome://newt...p5ZXZbnYy4IplkQ
Comment icon #24 Posted by Ever Learning on 22 September, 2012, 22:30
All of those powers are attributed to demons of the Goetia .He probably practiced ceremonial magick ,which is the foundation of summoning these demons . Interesting .I've never heard of him . lol my thoughts exactly, the goetia thing is the book of solomon isnt it? ( book or key?)
Comment icon #25 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 22 September, 2012, 22:30
Does this make that Priest an X-Tian?
Comment icon #26 Posted by stevemagegod on 30 September, 2012, 4:18
"He and three men went to explore a cave. He said it was 3,000 leagues below the surface of the Earth," said Chuchiak, summarizing the Spanish language account. Apparently, the men got stuck there, with most of Calderón's companions dying. Interesting that he describes going that deep into the Earth. The History channel describes Hell not being another Dimension but a part of Earth.
Comment icon #27 Posted by GS1 on 30 September, 2012, 14:09
Sounds a lot like Joseph Smith, false prophet of Mormonism/treasure locator. Was Smith also in league with the devil? I would say yeah.
Comment icon #28 Posted by New World Within on 2 October, 2012, 19:12
The man was mad...complitely nuts!!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Dracos Nightwolf on 8 March, 2013, 5:56
The Goetia (Liber Malorum Spirituum seu Goetia) is one of the five books that is commonly called The Lesser Key of Soloman. Of course, if one would ever stop and study it, one would see that it wouldn't be this Grimoire that was used in this case. Both due to the time, and location. As well as it evokes the said spirits not through the power of the "Devil" but by the grace of "the LORD"... If I were to guess what grimoire was used in this case, I would say it would be... The 6th and 7th books of moses, Clavis Inferni, Grimoire Verum, or The black dragon... and a early form of the last two ones... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by TheSearcher on 8 March, 2013, 9:11
Interesting that he describes going that deep into the Earth. The History channel describes Hell not being another Dimension but a part of Earth. Because we all know the History Channel is always well researched and correct..........erm wait........no it isn't........
Comment icon #31 Posted by stevemagegod on 8 March, 2013, 15:36
Because we all know the History Channel is always well researched and correct..........erm wait........no it isn't........ My Sarcasm Sense is going off...............
Comment icon #32 Posted by jaylemurph on 8 March, 2013, 20:28
I politely disagree. I think the books used would have been Liber Putidus, seu Modi Moresque Canum Venaticorum Basseticus. Or maybe a translation of that noted, horrid tome Sumus ut Pulices Tergae Suae. But everyone who reads that goes insane. --Jaylemurph

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