Skip to comments.DEVIL ESPECIALLY HATES PRAYERS IN LATIN, SAYS A PRIEST KNOWN AS 'ROME'S EXORCIST'
Posted on 05/31/2007 8:43:12 AM PDT by NYer
A secular book about exorcism says that one thing rankles demons.
"The devil doesn't like Latin," writes Tracy Wilkinson in The Vatican's Exorcists. "That is one of the first things I learned from Father Gabriele Amorth, long known as Rome's chief exorcist, even though that has never been his formal title.
"Now past the age of eighty, Father Amorth has dedicated the last decades of his life to regaining a measure of respectability for exorcism. Despite his advancing age, he continues to perform the rite several times a week at his office in Rome.
"Scores of people seek him out. He prefers to use Latin when he conducts exorcisms, he says, because it is most effective in challenging the devil."
That tidbit comes to us at a time when Benedict XVI is ready to loosen restrictions on Latin Mass. It's in the new book -- a secular and sometimes skeptical but fascinating glimpse into the world of Italian priests who see their job as casting out demons.
While the numbers dwindle in countries like the Canada, France, and the U.S., exorcists are on the rise on the Vatican's home turf -- thanks largely to priests such as Father Amorth.
In Italy the number of exorcists has grown tenfold in the past decade, according to the priest (who is himself author of two bestsellers, An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories). Credit is also due to the legacy of John Paul II -- who made the notion of exorcism, which was founded by Jesus Himself, respectable again.
Father Amorth was born in Modena in northern Italy and has been a priest since 1954. In 1986 he began performing exorcisms under the tutelage of the vicar for Rome.
According to Wilkinson, Father Amorth accepted the task "after praying to the Virgin Mary for her steadfast guidance and protection."
"On the walls of Amorth's exorcism chamber, eight Crucifixes and pictures of the Madonna are hanging, plus a picture of Saint Michael the Archangel," says the book. "A two-foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary, the Madonna of Fatima, sits on a corner table.
"There are also pictures of the late Pope John Paul II; the popular saint Padre Pio; Amorth's mentor, Father Candido; and Father Giacomo Alberione, the founder of the Society of Saint Paul Congregation."
Father Amorth calls them "my protectors," adding that "the more recent addition of John Paul's has been especially effective and helpful."
"The demons become very agitated at his presence," Father Amorth says of the late Pope -- who himself performed several exorcisms during his pontificate and warned of the rise of dark forces both in 1977 and then in 2005 just days before he lapsed in his final bout with illness.
How is exorcism done? There is the Crucifix. There is the Holy Water. There are the ritual prayers. Many times, those afflicted have to come back on a regular basis -- the process a gradual one.
In Father Amorth's appointment book, women outnumber men by three to one. That is perhaps because they are more in tune with the spiritual, says the exorcist, or because they are special targets as the descendants of Eve.
The very word "hysteria" -- so often seen in the possessed -- comes from the Greek word hyster for womb. Greeks believed it was caused by abnormalities in the uterus.
"I maintain that in part, the reason is because women are the ones who do the most praying," says the priest. "Another reason is women are more inclined to approach a priest than are men, in case of need."
In some cases, say other exorcists, the devil attempts to mask possession as insanity. This sets up conflict with the far newer practice of psychology -- which looks down on exorcism as the psychiatrist's couch has replaced the confessional.
"An exorcism is the residue of a medieval practice completely devoid of any foundation in reason," the book quotes Sergio Moravia, a philosopher at the University of Florence, as saying. "I don't think it's crazy. It's worse."
Exorcists counter that psychological diagnoses such as "multiple personality" and "schizophrenia" are clinical covers for an infestation.
That opinion is shared by the many who have sought the services of Father Amorth -- finding relief when the devil was cast away after years of frustration at the hands of psychiatrists who saw their problems so differently.
Blessed salt and Holy Water are often used not just by the exorcists themselves, but by those who have been exorcised -- to stave off further disturbances.
Extraordinary strength, preternatural knowledge, speaking in foreign tongues unknown to the victim, vomiting of strange objects, and violent aversion to holy objects make pure psychological explanations suspect in strong cases.
Prayer, of course, also chases the devil and his manifestations away -- apparently, Latin in particular.
Bishop Andrea Gemma of Isernia -- who himself performs exorcisms -- ascribes the Church's move from Latin as part of a global plot to undermine Christianity.
"The devil is happy with the near-disappearance of Latin," said the bishop.
Does exorcism mask psychological illness with the supernatural, or is psychology itself a ruse, at least in certain instances, to prevent deliverance?
We have only to study the ministry of Jesus to know the answer.
Tell the USCCB!!!!
I have read a couple of Father Gabriele Amorth’s books....I had NO idea he was in his 80s. One of his books spoke of one of JP2’s exorcisms. The books were fascinating.
Very interesting article. This subject is one I am both drawn to and repelled by.
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The aspect of the disappearance of the proper Litergy, rather than the disappearance of the Latin lanquage itself is probably the greatest happiness.
A Priest, converted from ECUSA, once told Neuhaus that the thing he missed most in Catholic Churchs today was the litergy in english. He was, of course, referring to the Book of Common Prayer as compared the the US Catholic liturgical desert, LOL
Devil hates Latin.
Bishops hate Latin.
Nah, there couldn’t be any connection. It’s just a coincidence.
Why are you laughing about this article? It is very serious business.
Or are you saying it is OK for the devil to roam the earth and to possess souls without the possibility of exorcism?
Or are you just laughing at Catholicism?
“Love one another” Christ’s words!
And he knows this how?
We are not dualists with competing gods.
Satan is a subject of God and he and His minions can do nothing without the permission of God.
But that aside the idea that he “hates” latin “ more than other languages is silly .
The Bible tells us he hates and is subject to the NAME OF JESUS.
Jesus and the apostles did not speak latin and yet they managed to have authority over them.
**Jesus and the apostles did not speak latin and yet they managed to have authority over them.**
PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH, PRESS 2 FOR LATIN
So does that mean the devil doesn’t understand Spanish, French, German, or Farsi? Just good old ‘merikan english?
You guys keep telling us that Mary defeated Satan...Why does anyone have to worry about Satan???
I don't know where you got this thing about Mary defeating Satan, meaning past tense. The Devil is still "prowling about the world, seeking the ruin of souls."
EXSÚRGAT Deus, et dissipéntur inimici ejus, et fúgiant qui odérunt eum, a fácie ejus.
Sicut déficit fumus, deficiant: sicut fluit cera a fácie ignis, sic péreant peccatóres a fácie Dei.
Ecce Crucem Dómini, fúgite, partes advérsæ.
Vicit Leo de tribu Juda, radix David.
Fiat misericórdia tua, Dómine, super nos.
Quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
EXORCIZÁMUS te, omnis immúnde spíritus, omni satánica potéstas, omnis incúrsio infernális adversárii, omnis légio, omnis congregátio et secta diabólica, in nómini et virtúte Dómini nostri Jesu + Christi, eradicáre et effugáre a Dei Ecclésia, ab animábus ad imáginem Dei cónditis ac pretióso divíni Agni sánguini redémptis +. Non ultra áudeas, serpens callidíssime, decípere humánum genus, Dei Ecclésiam pérsequi, ac Dei electos excútere et cribráre sicut tríticum +. Imperat tibi Deus altíssimus +, cui in magna tua supérbia te símililem habéri adhuc præsúmis; qui omnis hómines vult salvos fíeri, et ad agnitiónem veritátis veníre. Imperat tibi Deus Pater +; ímperat tibi Deus Fílius +; ímperat tibi Deus Spíritus Sanctus +. Imperat tibi Christus, ætérnum Dei Verbum caro factum +, qui pro salúte géneris nostri tua invídia pérditi, humiliávit semetípsum factus obédiens usque ad mortem; qui Ecclésiam suam ædificávit supra firmam petram et portas ínferi advérsus eam numquam esse prævalitrúras edixit, cum ea ipse permansúrus ómnibus diébus usque ad consumatiónem sæculi. Imperat tibi sacraméntum Crucis +, omniúnque christiánæ fídei Mysteriórum virtus +. Imperat tibi excélsa Dei Génetrix Virgo Maria +, quæ superbíssimum caput tuum a primo instánti immaculátæ suæ Conceptiónis in sua humilitáte contrivit. Imperat tibi fides sactórum Apostolórum Petri et Pauli ceterorúnque Apostolórum +. Imperat tibi Mártyrum sanguis, ac pia Sanctórum et Sanctárum ómnium intercéssio +.
Ergo, draco maledicte et omnis légio diabólica adjurámus te per Deum + vivum, per Deum + verum, per Deum + sanctum, per Deum, qui sic diléxit mundum, ut Filium suum unigénitum daret, ut omnis, qui credit in eum, non péreat, sed hábeat vitam ætérnæ: cessa decípere humánas creatúras, eisque æternæ perditiónis venénum propináre: désine Ecclesiæ nocére et ejus libertáti láqueos injícere. Vade, sátana, invéntor et magister omnis fallaciæ, hostis humánæ salútis. Da locum Christo, in quo nihil invenísti de opéribus tuis; da locum Ecclesiæ uni, sanctæ, cathólicæ, et Apostólicae, quam Christus ipse acquisívit sánguine suo. Humiliáre sub potenti manu Dei; contremísce et éffuge, invocato a nobis sancto et terríbili Nómini Jesu, quem ínferi tremunt, cui Virtútis cælórum et Potestátes et Dominatiónes subjéctæ sunt; quem Chérubim et Séraphim indeféssis vócibus laudant, dicéntes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
I. Dómine, exaúdi oratiónem meam.
A. Et clamor meus ad te véniat.
B. Dóminus vobíscum.
C. Et cum spíritu tuo.
Deus cæli, Deus terræ, Deus Angelórum, Deus Archangelórum, Deus Patriarchárum, Deus Prophetárum, Deus Apostolórum, Deus Mártyrum, Deus Confessórum, Deus Virginum, Deus qui potestátem habes donáre vitam post mortem, réquiem post labórem: quia not est Deus præter te, nec esse potest nisi tu, créator ómnium visibílium et invisibílium, cujus regni non erit finis: humíliter majestati glóriæ tuæ suplicámus, ut ab omni infernálium spirítuum potestáte, láqueo deceptióne et nequítia nos poténter liberáre, et incólumes custodíre dignéris. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
Ab insídiis diáboli, libera nos, Dómine.
Ut Ecclésiam tuam secúra tibi fácias libertáte servire, te rogámus, audi nos.
Ut inimícus sanctæ Ecclésiae humiliáre dignéris, te rogámus, audi nos.
Et aspergatur locus aqua benedicta. +
Why would God "need" Satan when Man fits the bill so well?