My understanding of the phenomena is that they only seem to happen to Catholics. If they do happen to other Christians, they do not happen in nearly the same frequency as with Catholics. They also seem to not happen to non-Christians at all, as far as I know. So what does this mean?
If the phenomena are real, it implies that Catholics are uniquely vulnerable to demonic possession and more likely to be given Jesus-like wounds. What would let demons more easily possess Catholics? Why would Catholics be chosen to receive stigmata? Why don’t all Catholics realize they’re in such danger? Why do the same things not happen to everyone, or at least to non-Catholic Christians?
If the phenomena are fake, it implies that some elements within Catholic culture are more likely to believe in things like demonic possession and stigmata, otherwise the phenomena would be classified as mental illness and/or self-mutilation and/or Munchausen syndrome, be treated, and never be talked about as supernatural. Why would some Catholics tend to believe supernatural explanations for these phenomena?
I don’t have an answer, so I’m curious to know what the rest of you think.