Required course at college with ties to Spain’s military: ‘Exorcism, the devil and hell’

A publically funded college in Spain has told students that it is compulsory to attend a course given by a priest who is an expert in exorcisms.

Winged lecturer?

Winged lecturer?

The University College of Barberán and Collán (Colegio Mayor Universitario Barberán y Collán) is connected to the public research institute Complutense University of Madrid, and is also funded by Spain’s Defence Ministry. But some of its curriculum doesn’t seem quite typical of a publicly-funded institute.

The college is requiring its 196 students – who are all members of military families – to attend a theological conference focused on “the fields related to the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell”, according to newspaper El Diario.

A woman who answered the phone at the college told The Local that there was seminar about exorcism, but could not immediately confirm other details. The seminar called “The Evil” is set to take place on Thursday evening and will be led by Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, author of such works as “Summa dæmoniaca” – a treatise on demonology which includes a manual for exorcists.

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