"In 1120 the Bishop of Laon excommunicated the caterpillars which were ravaging their diocese. This he did with the same formula as employed the previous year by the Council of Rheims in cursing a priest who insisted on marrying. The Bishop of Laon was given money and offerings by the grateful peasants.
" Similarly St. Bernard when preaching at Foigny, was interrupted by a swarm of most un-Christian flies. Losing his saintly patience, he excommunicated them. Next morning the flies were all found dead. He received offerings...
"In 1451 William Saluces, Bishop of Lausanne, ordered the trial of multitudes of leeches which threatened the fish of Geneva. The leeches were ordered, under pain of excommunication, to gather in a given spot. The people concerned made abundant offerings to the Church.
"The ecclesiastical district of Autun in 1480 excommunicated an army of caterpillars and ordered the priests of the region to repeat the anathema from the pulpit until the caterpillars had been exterminated. The following year, 1481, and again in 1487, a most irreligious multitude of snails at Macon were duly excommunicated. In 1516 the clergy excommunicated the too numerous grasshoppers at Milliere, in Normandy. In 1587, at Valence, a former trial was terminated with a sentence of banishment against another multitude of caterpillars.
"Barthomew Chassanee, who wrote a large volume recording such trials, declared that beside being lawful they were also useful in so far that the Church, whenever successful in such actions, was rewarded with flourins and more abundant tithes than would have been the case had the vermin never arrived. When such miracles, excommunications, trials and the like were multiplied by the thousand, the florins multiplied with even greater rapidity than swarms of mayflies." (pp. 77-78)
Reference: Reference:(Manhattan Avro. Vatican Billions, Chino, California: Chick Publications, 1983.)
Real Elias Ibarra