My dear Wormwood,
I was displeased to find in your last letter that your patient has become a priest. That is a profession you were supposed to discourage him from entering.
As he enjoys studying alchemy, he was supposed to turn his thoughts from the Enemy, to the more important task of turning lead into gold. As long as his mind was occupied with books and potions it would keep him from thinking of his soul.
However, upon further reflection, I have come to see your patient becoming a priest may yet serve us better.
Many priests have fallen into the trap of becoming pious to the point that they no longer associate themselves with the people they are trying to convert and in so doing, drive would-be Christians away from the Enemy and the Church.
You must make sure that this happens to him.
Not only will he help us gain more souls to welcome into our Fiery Halls, but he will also loose his own soul in the process. As our Enemy so pointed out in his Cursed Book, not everyone who says, 'Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven.'
It is essential that you whisper in your patient's ear that everyone is heathens and he a true man of God. He must be so wrapped up in his righteousness that he does not see his own faults. When he starts to dwell on his faults whisper a suggestion that will take his mind off the daunting subject.
As a priest he will constantly be in prayer.
I know I have told you in the past to taint their prayers until they eventually stop altogether, but that will not do for him. When he prays make sure he does not pray for the peoples souls. Have him dwell on theirs sins, but keep him from asking for their forgiveness. If he starts to pray fervently for someone, remind him of something they have done. That way he will dwell more on that moment than his actual prayer. Eventually, his prayers will become mundane and routine.
That is what often happens to men who have been priests for awhile.
Encourage him to continue reading and studying alchemy. That may yet prove an essential tool in our War against the Enemy. Reading of any kind will no doubt help. From your previous letters to me, I have gathered that he has a hunger for knowledge. Our Enemy encourages his Followers to seek knowledge at any opportunity. Yet it is also His downfall.
The two-legged beasts often get so wrapped up in their quest for learning that they frequently forget to take time for the Enemy. If your patient spends most of his time reading and learning, his prayers will be short and abrupt and his duties hurried so he may go back to his true passion.
Your affectionate uncle,