Skip to comments.The New Rite of Exorcism: A Potent Weapon Is Weakened
Posted on 06/03/2010 9:19:10 PM PDT by marshmallow
The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer is president of Virginia-based Human Life International, which has affiliates and partners in 87 countries around the world. A trained exorcist, Fr. Euteneuer has been authorized to perform the ancient rite in several dioceses in the U.S.
The Catholic Church has a gift that no other church, Christian or otherwise, can even imagine having namely, a written exorcism ritual. This little book makes the Devil shake in his boots! As one who uses the ritual, I know how much of a tour de force it is against the power of evil. That being said, the exorcism ritual is not what it was in its glory days.
Although the Second Vatican Council authorized the revision of all liturgical books, it is hard to believe that the Council envisioned the radical changes made to such an important weapon of the Church militant as the 1614 exorcism ritual, known as De exorcizandis obsessis a daemonio ("On Exorcising Those Obsessed by a Demon"). Its 1999 revision is titled De exorcismis et supplicationibus quibusdam ("On Exorcisms and Other Supplications"). Even the change in title signals a change in focus: The 1614 ritual is about freeing those obsessed by demons; the 1999 revision is about prayers and supplications. I am sure the Devil is happy to have the focus diverted from breaking his power to pious prayers.
I do not say this for effect. I say it because it is true. It appears as if someone took a knife to the old ritual and then, when all the pieces were cut up and lying in a pile, discarded some and cobbled the rest together in a new order and called it a "revision." It is no surprise, as Fr. Gabriele Amorth noted in his 1999 book............
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I read where Fr. Gabriele Amorth stated he can’t perform an exorcism on people with the new baptismal rite..
What an interesting article! I didn´t realize that the rite of exorcism as well had been vandalized by Vatican II.
As far as I´m concerned, much of Vatican II was evil and the things that we are experiencing in the Church right now (the effects of the sins of the clergy, primarily) are directly tied to Vatican II and its destruction of the prayer and liturgy of the Church.
completely agree. i was born in 1966. Most of my family was raised and schooled before Vatican II, I after. You can see a big difference in my life as a youngster and how wild and disrespectful I was toward life and the church versus them. Of course now looking back, I can see how evil the implementation of Vatican II really was and is.
It bears repeating that famous exorcist Father Gabriel Amorth doesn’t use the New Rite of Exorcism and has permission to use the old.
We have much to thank Pope Benedict XVI for, not the least of which was the fight to retain permission to use the 1614 ritual when the inadequate 1999 revision came out. He was not the only one who knew that the loss of this gift would weaken the Church's warfare against the power of evil in this world and ultimately her ability to save souls the Devil certainly knew it too. Since the issuance of Benedict's motu proprio on the Tridentine Latin Mass, it is generally accepted that the more powerful 1614 ritual can be used freely by those priests who have delegation to perform exorcisms. I, for one, welcome the chance to use the Church's own "nuclear option" when it comes to fighting mankind's most powerful enemy --Fr. Euteneuer, from the post.Another quote from Euteneuer that applies:
Im very set against Harry Potter, he said. Its pumping into our childrens minds the language and imagery of the occult. Its extremely spiritually dangerous --Link.Great recently released book for Catholics/Christians to read: Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, by Michael D. O'Brien.
Change for the sake of change is rarely a good thing. It sounds like some liturgists tried to turn exorcism into a stage play.
Well, it seems more like those that rewrote the rite didn’t believe in its purpose.
Even I felt confident enough to approach God once again; Susan's lunge for the door awakened and invigorated me. Strangely, I found myself repeating the Hail Mary until it became a chant. Being a recent convert to Catholicism, I had yet to accept the Catholic doctrines concerning Mary and considered any form of Marian devotion to be idolatry. Though I had never before prayed a Hail Mary in my life, I suddenly found myself incapable of any other form of prayer. Somehow, Mary's intercessions allowed me to find peace during that long night; I knew that I had survived the worst and that I would exit with my faith intact. It terrified me to recall how close I came to turning away from Christ out of fear ... Bobby Jindal.With the current tragic oil spill and Louisiana's [Bobby Jindal's] involvement, I can't help but wonder if the situation is setting up a battle between Obama and Jindal for a future election, and if so, it would be a clear (to me anyway) battle of he who is against Life (abortion!) and he who is pro-Life (Jindal!).