Criminal not supernatural
Remember that whether within a sophisticated faith-based cult, other structured abusive group or less formalised paedophile ring all who freely participate in groups to abuse, train and indoctrinate others to comply with their wishes through torture, rituals, threats and mind control are no more or less than evil criminals.
They are not special, supernatural or, indeed have any more innate power than anyone else. They simply choose to hurt and exert control over others. They hide behind belief systems, terrifying their victims with lies, crimes and horrific illusions but their primary purpose for doing so is to continuously repeat their crimes and atrocities without fear of discovery.