“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?” Apparently the Catholic Church – even in an officially Protestant country.

“These were incidents that were witnessed by our own officers. Incidents that are not easily explained,” one source close to the local Scottish police department said. “But officers with more than 20 years’ service are saying they’ve never seen anything like this.”

During a recent house call in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, police claim to have personally witnessed lights turning on and off on their own, clothes flying across the room, and even a possibly levitating dog.

After determining that the family’s claims that they were being haunted by a poltergeist might in fact be true, and thus beyond the expertise of the police, the authorities called the Catholic Church.

“The officers attended expecting it to be a mental health issue but they witnessed the lights going off, clothes flying across the room… The officers called their superiors, who also attended, thinking the cops were perhaps being a bit silly. But it’s being taken very seriously.”

At the request of the police department, a Catholic priest was soon at the house and did some sort of blessing. It’s not clear whether the priest did a full fledged exorcism or not.

Note that, as far as we know, the authorities did not call for someone from the Church of Scotland, the country’s official national church dating back to the Protestant Reformation.

“How do you handle what, despite us not liking to use the word, has been described as a poltergeist?” the police source said. “Is it some form of hoax, or is it real or not real? These are the questions being asked by officers but without coming to any conclusion.”

The family has since left the house and is staying with relatives while police investigate.

[See also: Exorcisms on the Rise: Occult Activity Sparks “Pastoral Emergency”]

[See also: Why Satan Is So Scared of St. John Paul II, According to Rome’s Chief Exorcist]

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