Are Satanic Cults on the Rise?

Paul Serran is a journalist, writer, and musician. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

By Paul Serran

The readers of the “Frank Report” are the cutting-edge of the online activism against cults – and yet, when I first wrote here about the poisonous revival of the child-sacrificing Moloch and other forms of Satanism, many saw fit to ridicule me, like I was pushing tall tales.

But Fast Forward a mere trimester, and there it is:

A GIANT statue of Moloch in the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome, more commonly called the Coliseum. For those of you who miss the significance of the place,

“The Colosseum is believed to be the place where many Christian martyrs died, fed to wild animals or killed by gladiators during the Roman Empire. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV made it official Church policy to view the Colosseum as a sacred site (…) declaring it sanctified by the blood of the Christian martyrs who died tragically there.”

So, they are putting a Canaanite Child Sacrifice Idol in the sacred place of martyrdom of Christians. Nothing to see, right? Just move along? HELL, NO.



This infiltration has been going on for quite a while, according to the world’s leading exorcist.

“The Devil resides in the Vatican and you can see the consequences,” said Father Amorth, 85, who has been the Holy See’s chief exorcist for 25 years.

“(…) The evil influence of Satan was evident in the highest ranks of the Catholic hierarchy, with cardinals who do not believe in Jesus and bishops who are linked to the demon,” Father Amorth said.

Listen, I don’t care if you believe in God or in the Devil. I really don’t care. As a matter of practical fact, there are, and there have always been people who worship Satan or some variation of demonic entity. More and more of these people are now out in the open. You don’t believe? How about in the U.S. Navy?

“Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy who have beliefs associated with The Satanic Temple now have a study group available to them, according to the military institution.

“A space for a study group at the academy, located in Annapolis, Md., was requested by students with beliefs aligned with those practiced by The Satanic Temple so they could gather and share their views,” according to a statement issued Thursday by Cmdr. Alana Garas, a Naval Academy spokeswoman.

An internal email sent out to the student body Oct. 8 stated ‘satanic services’ would be starting at the academy, Garas said. However, the announcement was not reviewed or approved by the school’s command chaplain nor did it represent the U.S. Naval Academy’s Command Religious Program (…) The student’s request was for a space to conduct a study group, not to hold satanic services, according to Garas.”

You can be hard-headed and insist that it’s only a harmless and constitutionally protected study of pre-Christian pagan practices and myths. You’d be wrong.

Someday, we will meet again, to talk about the secrets of Moloch practitioners, and point out copious open-source intel about young blood transfusing, about the normalization of cannibalism, about the normalization of pedophilia. But it won’t be today, because I know the friends, here, can only take so much at a time.

However, I want to tell you a bit about how they operate out here in the open:



“The Satanic Temple has launched a legal challenge to Missouri laws requiring women to wait three days before undergoing an abortion.

“An appeal filed in the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday on behalf of a member of the group, named only as “Judy Doe”, claims rules in the state infringe on First Amendment rights to religious freedom.”

[Yes, you read it right.]

“Missouri operates a so-called ‘Informed Consent’ abortion process, where women (…) wait at least 72 hours after requesting the procedure before it is carried out.

“In that time, laws require patients are given a booklet which states: ‘the life of each human being begins at conception’.

“They must also be offered the opportunity to listen to the fetal heartbeat and view an ultrasound before an abortion can take place.”

[Let me stress that again: a legal, taxpayer-funded abortion is contingent on the informed consent of the woman, who has the chance to think it over, and get “informed” before she “consents.” That, apparently is an outrage for the ‘Temple’.]

“A federal judge initially dismissed the case in March, ruling the laws were not discriminatory on religious grounds. But the temple has now requested the appeals court adjudicate on whether life begins at conception and whether a matter of ‘religious opinion’ can be imposed by law.

(…) “’It is laughable for theocrats to obviously impose their religious viewpoint into law only to claim that their actions are not discriminatory by virtue of the fact that everybody is equally burdened by the restrictions they’ve created. We are confident that reason will prevail upon appeal.’”

What they are actually saying is ‘We want to kill your babies, and we want it now! No fancy 3-day waiting period!’ I don’t know about you, but this, to me, seems really…satanic. By design.

This is the world we live, as it is today. Ridiculing me will not change a thing. I will leave you with this:



“Satanism is getting much more aggressive and also diffused,” Dominican Father Francois Dermine told Crux, an online Catholic news outlet. ‘Secularization leaves a void,’ said the priest, who has worked as an exorcist since 1994. ‘Young people do not have anything to satisfy their spiritual and profound needs. They are thirsting for something, and the Church is not attractive anymore.’

(…) “As an example, the priest cited the recent publication of A Children’s Book of Demons, a manual that gives kids instructions on how to summon up demons. As Breitbart News reported last week, the International Association of Exorcists (AIE) has issued a statement warning parents of the dangers the book, which targets children aged 5-10.

(…) “’Satanism is not always so explicit, but it is becoming more and more so, and the publication of this book is a sign of this,’ Father Dermine told Crux, observing that up until a few years ago such a book would have been inconceivable.”

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  • Amazing that a thread on Satanism is dominated by the resident Luciferian….anonyfaker. This is no coincidence.

    • Actually, my interest in this particular subject stems in part from work I do in part in my church ministry, regarding the real nature of what might be called evil in the world – as versus misleading, sensationalist stereotypes. I’ve consulted with professional philosophers in order to better understand and articulate the subject, and have addressed it from the pulpit.

      It’s interesting to see how many commenters here readily jump to completely mistaken conclusions. Strangely, that’s just what goes on inside cults.

  • As far as real evil in the world, let’s not forget the example of the “Church” of Scientology which, as noted below, is actually sort of the sibling of the Church of Satan as an offspring of the work of occultist and proto-Satanist Aleister Crowley, under whom Scientology’s founder Hubbard studied – and whose version of a “crossed-out cross” Scientology uses, while claiming in authoritatively exposed inner teachings that there was no Christ, and that Jesus was a pedophile. They embody evil, completely enslaving several thousand members including children who live in their prison-like compounds working a hundred hours a week and more, financially exploiting their “public” members to the point of ruin and even bankruptcy, and affecting tens of thousands more with their insidious shunning-on-steroids policy of “disconnection.”

    Scientology gets away with what it does, because they have been successful in co-opting more mainstream groups like Protestant evangelicals to get support or at least protection, using influencers like their member the influential lobbyist John Coale and his wife the Fox News commentator Greta Van Susteren. Together they have gotten lobbyists to convince legislators to tie the hands of government agencies to do anything about the financial and other abuses of groups like Scientology, out of fear that any crackdown would ensnare more popular figures, televangelists and “prosperity gospel” preachers like Joel Osteen.

    Again, if there’s a real menace, it’s not former high school misfits toting around statues of Baphomet. The Great Deceiver would not be so obvious.

  • I just remembered another sort of amusing Satanic conspiracy/panic from the past:

    Procter and Gamble and Satanism Rumor

    Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1998]
    The President of Procter & gamble appeared on the Phil Donahue Show on March 1, 1994. He announced that due to the openness of our society, he was coming out of the closet about his association with the church of Satan. He stated that a large portion of his profits from Procter & Gamble Products goes to support this satanic church. When asked by Donahue if stating this on t.v. would hurt his business, he replied, “THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CHRISTIANS IN THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”

    “Origins: Procter & Gamble’s president is neither a Satanist nor does his company support the Church of Satan. What we have here is a rumor run amok, one that’s been eluding the butterfly net since 1980. Not only does this
    rumor antedate the supposed 1994 Donahue air date given above by 14 years, but P&G’s president has never been on Donahue (the show confirms this), nor did he say such a thing in any other forum.”

    “Those who accepted the rumor as revealed truth pointed to P&G’s “man in the moon” logo as proof of the company’s ties to evil. They saw in the curlicues of the moon man’s hair and beard a pair of devil’ horns and an array of 6s, and they believed that by playing “connect the dots” with the thirteen stars in the logo, three
    6s could be made to appear. (According to Revelation 13:18, 666 is the “mark of the Beast”, with the “beast” understood to be the

    I also ran across this brief overview of the last several decades, picking up around the time of the above:

    The history of Satanic Panic in the US — and why it’s not over yet

  • Paul Seran,

    “The Devil resides in the Vatican and you can see the consequences, said Father Amorth, 85, who has been the Holy See’s chief exorcist for 25 years” -Paul S.

    News Flash!!!!!!!!

    The Catholic Church collated the original Christian Bible [New Testament].

    So you can kiss Frank’s and my Catholic asses. You are welcome.

  • It saddens me to see so many people just dismissing this, when it is in fact very eerily real. No matter what you might think of the subject, there are a growing nummer of people who are more than serious in their belief of both satan and moloch and the other demons.
    I do get that the first instinct might be to scoff it off, but if you keep an open mind and check it out more, you’ll realize that Paul here is neither grasping after straws nor seeing connections where there are none, but merely pointing out a more than real phenomena.
    The devil’s greatest lie was convincing people he did not exist.

    • There also seem to be a growing number of people who believe that the earth is flat.

      Research shows that there are a certain number of people who attracted to alternative theories just because they are strange and different. They are probably similar to the people who dress in black and tote around statues of Baphomet just because that is strange and different.

      If the Devil is at work, the Great Deceiver would be posing as prelates and preachers, or the leaders of “new religious” movements that more mainstream religious groups allow to operate (NXIVM got its foothold during the Pataki administration, when evangelicals were trying to get away with blurring the line between state and religion) because they don’t want to be held accountable for their own financial, sexual, and other foibles.

  • Hail Satan!!!!! The all powerful dark Lord of Lords!!!! More powerful than Darth Vader Sauron, Vanguard, or Mark Zuckerburg !!!! Hail King of the Netherworlds!!!! Please strike down Paul Serran!!!!! He is warning God’s chosen children that thy master is coming and end of days is coming! Damn Paul Serran!!!! Paul is reading tea leaves and his strangely shaped doodies. Only Paul knows the secret truth!!!! Only Paul knew of Beelzebub being worshipped on Jefferey Epstein’s island. Only Paul can get the word out [ like his great grandfather Paul Revere].

    PS Someone should let Paul Serran know his photo of himself in a red eerie light looking like a psycho, suggests Paul worships Satan like me. 🙂

  • The goatman statue in Little Rock, where Clinton’s presidential library is, kind of reminded me of growing up with Mad magazine, back when it was still published as a little paperback. The surreal realism of it all!

    Apparently the goatman was supposed to be put on display in Oklahoma at first, but that didn’t happen, and God knows how come. God did not submit to interviews to clarify why Oklahoma didn’t deserve the goatman.

    After awhile, Little Rock, Arkansas, somehow or other, installed a statue of a tablet (the olden kind) with the ten commandments carved into it. So the satanists moved their rejected old goat to Little Rock to make a statement about separation of church and state and freedom and all that jazz.

    Conveniently, the 10 commandment display was only about 6 and -a-half square feet, and Mr. Goat was 7 square feet and bronze. So the goat came in bigger, talk about “our goat is better than your ten commandments.”

    Little Rock had about 12 hours to act like a men’s locker room, contrasting sizes, colorations, shapes and manpower.

    Right about then an Arkansan gentleman drove his car right into the goat fellow, possibly bellowing “get your ass out of here, motherfucker.” So goatman only survived about 24 hours of his Arkansas visit and was then dismantled. A car was sacrificed, possibly an American-made automobile, to free the goat from captivity.

    The goat was last seen seeking refuge at Clinton’s presidential library. There wasn’t room there for two competitive old goats, though.

    • Wow all this time I thought it was Little Rock’s tribute to Hillary the Witch Clinton. The statue sure did resemble her.

  • I’ve read that demons are the latest thing in conspiracy theories – I don’t know about Satanism, I thought that was old hat after the supposed cases of ritual abuse in preschools were infamously exposed not that long ago as a case of hysteria and panic, after the claims of a paranoid schizophrenic were mistakenly given credence.

    As an aside, along with that, apparently aliens are now out of favor. Interesting, their decline is attributed in part to the rising prevalence of smartphones, and the inability of people claiming sightings to document them in high definition – it used to be that a certain number of people would buy a convincing-sounding account of spaceships and extra-terrestrials, but now when there’s no video it’s obvious what is just delusion, at least in that type of claim.

    Satanic panics originated before even the Salem Witch Trials. Claims that the Catholic Church is secretly Satanic go back to the middle ages, if not earlier.

    I have an interest in Satanism in part due to following Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology and Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan are sometimes considered, even by academic scholars, to be the twin offshoots of occultist Aleister Crowley’s OTO and Thelema. While they embody a sort of banal functional evil of egoism and belief in ends-justify-the-means ideology, both are actually at most tepidly Luciferian (an important distinction), and the Church of Satan is actually the more farcical and less harmful of the pair.

    As far as I can tell, none of the newer nominally satanic groups are anything more than a sort of sort rebellious shock theater, either. The origins and stated aims of the Temple of Satan clearly lie in such purposes, and they were literally in part formed to be a sort of counter to the Westboro Baptist Church – and are likely about as much of a threat.

      • That’s still probably more evidence-based than Serrano’s speculative theorizing. I’m just unwilling to falsely pretend to have definitive knowledge about a subject, when I don’t. By the way, that sort of false certainly does seem to unduly impress and attract a certain following among credulous types, and it’s one of the things that gurus and cult leaders like Raniere are good at exploiting.

        I have followed what I call proto-Satanic groups, including Crowley’s, for about 4 decades now. Perhaps the way I should have framed what I said, is that I see no evidence – and Serrano has certainly provided nothing substantive – to indicate that these groups are anything more than typical attention-seeking guerilla theater players.

        LaVey’s Church of Satan was originally a 1960s-era thing where they put on spectacles with naked dancing girls and snakes, and attracted some interest from Hollywood types including Jayne Mansfield and Sammy Davis, Jr. Interestingly, and perhaps tellingly, given that background of theatrical dabbling and a lack of serious belief in Satan, the Church of Satan has claimed that the Satanic Temple aren’t real Satanists. There’s no sign that it’s anything more than basically the kids in high school who liked to dress up in black and shock people, grown up and sadly playing the same juvenile games – and now with even a beef between two cliques about who are the real OGs and who are the posers.

  • Extremely ridiculous article and comments. Satanism can only exist in a Christian context. Satanists running abortion clinics? Haha! I think the real Satanists run ad agencies, oil companies, and the Pentagon. “Satanism is getting much more aggressive and also diffused,” said Dominican Father Francois Dermine. Ha!ha! Quoting a representative of a faith that has engaged in the largest wholesale rape of children in history. The ultimate act of black magic. Today’s Satanists are actually total libertarians, many of whom are passionate about separation of Church and state. Something many Frank Report readers are not too keen on, judging from the comments here.. Frank himself is a reactionary who gets his fans to do his NXIVM leg work,(as good as it was) since he was a personal target of the Bronfman machine.

      • The comments of “dontcallus” are actually quite incisive.

        And the association of what passes as “satanism” in the US these days, with libertarianism is in fact correct – the Satanic Temple’s own website makes clear that such that such principles are what they are really about, not the worship of Satan, or even any belief in demonic forces:

        “The Satanic Temple has become the primary religious Satanic organization in the world, with chapters internationally, and a number of high-profile public campaigns designed to preserve and advance secularism and individual liberties.
        Philosophically speaking, The [older] Church of Satan is a fundamentalist LaVeyan organization, which makes a certain sense from a business perspective because they base their authenticity on the fact that they inherited Anton LaVey’s organization and claim his achievements as their own. They hold to a remarkably similar philosophy as you find espoused by radical Tea Party Christians on the theocratic Right: Ayn Rand-inspired Social Darwinist authoritarian-fetishizing libertarianism, but with a bit of occultic ritual magic thrown in. The Satanic Temple espouses a non-supernatural anti-authoritarian philosophy that views the metaphorical literary construct of Satan as a liberator from oppression of the mind and body. Our canon embodies the Romantic Satanism of Milton, Blake, Shelley, to, particularly, Anatole France, whose Revolt of the Angels is a primary text in TST. From its inception, modern Satanism, as it came to be defined in the Revolutionary era of Romantics, was very much a non-theistic movement aligned with Liberty, Equality and Rationalism. With that in mind, I think we’re rather closely aligned with early Modern Satanism, rather than some type of wildly aberrant, unique and unrecognizable contemporary off-shoot.”

  • Hi (7) it is so cool you write here on Frank Report. I occasionally try to find you online but you’re illusive. I’ve been wondering where you’ve been. In reading your article here, I know this sounds crazy but, I had heard rumors of a place where babies are being sacrificed inside a bull. Have you any knowledge of this? Is there any truth to it?

  • I was afraid to read this article, because I already knew where it was going.

    Satanism is establishing itself as an established religion, and receiving the protections afforded under the Constitution, even though it is a cult, a non-religion. By its own definition, it was established to mock the Church–how can we call satire a religion? And give it protections? How could our courts have allowed it?

    Yes, the devil is getting stronger. Evil is taking over. The family unit is disappearing.

    We saw this coming.

    • True Satanism would be a real religion of sorts. If it’s just people mocking religion, then it’s merely a farce and nothing to really be worried about.

      If there’s a real evil of sorts, perhaps it’s the end-justifies-the-means attitude that has lead to our political establishment being unwilling to enforce any sort of requirements or accountability on organizations claiming to operate as religions, driven by powerful political constituencies that want to protect their favored fraudulent preachers, and pedophile clerics. Just this last week we had further revelations in the case of the bishop of an impoverished diocese, who was able to spend millions of dollars on a lavish private watering hole and gay sex den, apparently without any oversight for his use of tax-exempt funds:

      Report details spending by Bransfield on Wheeling mansion

  • Not really a surprise that Satanic cults are on the rise. Seeing as how we have abandoned God in the US and the UK anyway.

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