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Superstitious Christians Brought The Black Death Upon Themselves

By James Donahue

An interesting article by Brian Kannard on the Unexplained Mysteries website notes that actions by Christian witch hunters in Europe in the mid-14th Century helped cause the curse of the Black Death.

It is commonly known today that a lot of people died of the Bubonic Plague, mostly carried by fleas on the rats that existed in the unsanitary conditions that prevailed in the towns at that period.

Kannard draws a link between the decision by Pope Clement and King Philip of France to arrest the Knights Templars and dismantle the business, farming and banking infrastructure they had established throughout Europe. This happened on what is remembered as Black Friday, Oct. 13, 1307. The area was hit by the Great Famine from 1315-1322, largely believed because the Templars were no longer in control of their vast farm holdings.

During the subsequent trials of the Templars, and because of the propaganda fed to the commoners by the Catholic leadership, heretical charges of witchcraft and the black arts were spread.

As Kannard explained what happened next: "Fueled by feeling of betrayal and the nation cats were linked to the Devil, people turned to killing cats as way to insure evil forces would not overtake them."

Thus after some 40 years of killing cats, the p