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Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 1/4/2014 | Nick Squires, Rome

Posted on 01/04/2014 9:58:22 AM PST by RoosterRedux

Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil.

The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.

The increase in the number of priests being trained to tackle the phenomenon is also an effort by the Church to sideline unauthorised, self-proclaimed exorcists, and its tacit recognition that belief in Satan, once regarded by Catholic progressives as an embarrassment, is still very much alive.

The trend comes four decades after the 1973 release of The Exorcist, the American horror film based on the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and attempts to exorcise her by two priests.

The diocese of Milan recently nominated seven new exorcists, the bishop of Naples appointed three new ones a couple of years ago and the Catholic Church in Sardinia sent three priests for exorcism training in Rome, amid concern that the Mediterranean island, particularly its mountainous, tradition-bound interior, is a hotbed of occultism.

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1 posted on 01/04/2014 9:58:22 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

In the United States most diocese will not allow this.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 10:00:26 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: RoosterRedux

Need one in the White Hut.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 10:00:57 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: RoosterRedux

It is NOT “fabled.”


4 posted on 01/04/2014 10:01:06 AM PST by SpirituTuo
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To: RoosterRedux

are we permitted to nominate candidates (politicians for starters)???? Only the good Lord can remove the Satanic usurpers in WashDC, it seems...


5 posted on 01/04/2014 10:03:04 AM PST by faithhopecharity (no)
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To: RoosterRedux
The trend comes four decades after the 1973 release of The Exorcist

Only about 10 years ago did I stop having nightmares from that.

6 posted on 01/04/2014 10:03:39 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: nickcarraway

And may God richly bless the Springfield, IL bishop (Paprocki) who held an exorcism the same day that same sex marriage was passed.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 10:07:01 AM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: SpirituTuo
No kidding, but we should give the guy a break. He's probably a secular reporter. Possession to him is like something out of grimm's fairy tales. :)

Folks who are truly possessed are in dire need. I am sure it happens. Yes, it's rare, but I don't think some of these people realize just how deadly serious the situation is when they begin "dabbling".

8 posted on 01/04/2014 10:07:26 AM PST by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: RoosterRedux

While the article is rife with error, and smug in its ignorance, it does make an important point. The devil never rests. By ignoring his presence and actions, we put our souls in great danger.

Fortunately, the Most Holy Name of Jesus is stronger than any demon or evil force. We can’t be forced to do anything, but we must rely on Jesus to strengthen us against the snares and wickedness of the devil.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 10:09:49 AM PST by SpirituTuo
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To: grimalkin

“Folks who are truly possessed are in dire need. I am sure it happens.”

Truly terrifying. I’m a P.K. and our (independent Baptist) church supported many missionaries on foreign fields. Some would use our parsonage as home base the times they were in the U.S. on furlough. We heard many stories of people being possessed, and the casting out of those demons.

So... when I went to see The Exorcist and many in the theater were laughing, I was terrifed. That was mid-’70s, I guess, and it’s still terrifying.


10 posted on 01/04/2014 10:19:09 AM PST by MayflowerMadam ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it's free." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: MayflowerMadam

I started reading the book, until I came to the blasphemous rantings, then I tossed it into the garbage.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 10:23:47 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: BlatherNaut

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12 posted on 01/04/2014 10:33:27 AM PST by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: MayflowerMadam
when I went to see The Exorcist and many in the theater were laughing

It must have been nervous laughter because there was absolutely nothing funny about it.

13 posted on 01/04/2014 10:41:43 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: faithhopecharity

The first thought I had when I found this article was wondering if the demand for exorcisms in DC and Chicago is rising dramatically.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 10:43:38 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: grimalkin

I’m not usually a believer in such things, but all political joking aside, given recent events, you really wonder if some people really ARE possessed.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 10:45:28 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: Stillwaters
Interesting article.

Pope Francis – St Peter’s Square – May 2013


16 posted on 01/04/2014 10:51:12 AM PST by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: grimalkin
Yes, it's rare, but I don't think some of these people realize just how deadly serious the situation is when they begin "dabbling".

Oh how true! I never realized how dangerous it is to "play" with a Ouija board.

After watching the paranormal show "A Haunting" I'll never go near one.

17 posted on 01/04/2014 11:00:42 AM PST by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: painter

One of my husband’s old girlfriends got into occultism and Ouija boards while they were dating. Her personality went from normal to withdrawn and morose, to insane. She tried to cave in his skull with an object, and she once launched herself, screaming, onto the hood of his car as he was leaving.

At the time, I was acquainted with the girl through work, and I can attest to her personality change. No one ever knew how she would react from day to day.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 11:19:00 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: GreyFriar

Ping.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 11:23:59 AM PST by zot
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To: steve86
Only about 10 years ago did I stop having nightmares from that.
I read the book before the movie came out and my fertile imagination made it even scarier than it already was.
To this day, I keep the remote real close when I watch the movie.
20 posted on 01/04/2014 11:57:09 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

I actually credit the movie with keeping me close to my religion all these years, even when I wasn’t actually active in it.


21 posted on 01/04/2014 1:20:17 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: zot; NYer; Salvation

Thank you for the ping.

I noticed this line especially: The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as ... and Ouija boards,

Ouija boards are NOT toys! And I’m not joking to others who read this.


22 posted on 01/04/2014 3:01:59 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

-— The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as ... and Ouija boards, -—

Also fewer people being baptized.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 3:03:04 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: painter
An old thread: Post your experience with the occult here
24 posted on 01/04/2014 3:09:53 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: CatherineofAragon; painter; grimalkin; RoosterRedux; NYer; Salvation; markomalley; SeekAndFind

Yes, Ouija boards are dangerous. I recommend you read this testimony of a person I know about his experience:

Limit the Effects - When and why I quit using the Ouija Board. (1964-03)

http://www.bswett.com/1964-03LimitEffects.html

my own personal experience was been a sense of fear & evil when once asked to play with it. Needless to say, I passed on the ‘game’.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 3:22:00 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: faithhopecharity; RoosterRedux

One thing to remember, the person who is possessed must want to get rid of the demon, for the exorcism to be effective.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 3:24:48 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: nickcarraway

**In the United States most diocese will not allow this.**

Not sure what you mean here.

A member of an exorcist team — a lay person — has been up to talk with priests in our area and the Bishop about getting one established here.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 3:27:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GreyFriar

yes you are of course correct, but maybe just maybe if enough of us all pray that Satan be exorcised from YouKnowWho?
Maybe just maybe there’s power in numbers?
After all, the possessed individual may no longer be able to ask for the exorcism

anyway, we do live for hope...

thanks tho


28 posted on 01/04/2014 3:32:40 PM PST by faithhopecharity (no)
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To: RoosterRedux
to rid people of possession by the Devil...people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts...

Yabut, can they cure the child-molesting faggots?

29 posted on 01/04/2014 3:39:09 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I agree. See my post #25 in this thread.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 3:57:47 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Salvation

I mean a lot of bishops will not allow an exorcist and ban exorcisms altogether.


31 posted on 01/04/2014 4:46:03 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: steve86
I actually credit the movie with keeping me close to my religion
So you're saying you were scared $hitless religious? :)
32 posted on 01/04/2014 5:08:39 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nickcarraway

The exorcist and his team would be very busy, no matter what diocese they would be in.


33 posted on 01/04/2014 8:23:36 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: painter

I watched the first five seasons and one thing I do know is that half the problems that people get plagued with are a result of the Ouija board and I frankly think that it’s best to just plain avoid that.

How many times does a person have to be warned?


34 posted on 01/04/2014 8:38:52 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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