Night's Black Agents: Dracula Dossier
Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels
This Roman Catholic archdiocese in Belgium also provides spiritual guidance to the Catholic community in the Netherlands. (The Archdiocese of Utrecht only resumed regular ecclesiastical order in 1853 after being prorogued during the Wars of Religion; during Van Helsing’s lifetime, Mechelen still played an unofficial role in Dutch Catholic bureaucracy.) Its staff of priests, nuns, lay brothers, and other employees is large and varied enough that getting an appointment (even if not disguised as a priest) would normally not be difficult (however, that could have changed after a recent altercation at The Vatican).
In the 1890s, the cathedral’s sacristan, Father Arnaud Linden, offered special indulgences to vampire hunters (or at least to Van Helsing) wishing to use the Host against the Un-Dead. The church hierarchy covered up this wildly heretical practice as it would bring undue attention from Church officials, including those in Rome.