Religion: Physicking Priestess

Keen was the lamentation, sonorous the drumming which last August howled from the strange Church of the Innocent Blood in a swampy outskirt of New Orleans. Mother Catherine Seal, mulatto foundress of a faith-healing Afro-Catholic cult, was dead in far-away Lexington, Ky.

Some nine years ago she remonstrated with her third husband for his philandering. He kicked her in the stomach. The kick caused a partial paralysis. She went to a faith-healer for relief. He was "not treating colored folks that day." The injured woman dropped to her knees and shrilled her...

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