Please note that this is a product of Bob Larson, not a product of the Catholic Church. A Catholic exorcist is a priest who is so authorized by his bishop (or the bishop himself).
In Catholic theology, this restriction comes down to an exercise of Christ's ministry as high priest, which was delegated to the apostles and, from there, to the bishops by virtue of apostolic succession. (NOTE: if you don't agree, that's fine...whatever)
I don't know that much about Bob Larson. The only reason I remember his name is from scanning the radio maybe 20-25 years ago and hearing him on some Christian radio station. He seemed pretty flamboyant to me...but I'm no expert on how charismatic types do their business. I don't know if he is regarded as "legit" in the evangelical or charismatic communities or not.
This might be of interest (either for endorsement or mythbusting) for you all...
Who determines the possession? The girls?
Well, as a Catholic, perhaps it’s not for me to judge.
But I think this is extremely dangerous. It takes a lot of training to be an exorcist. If you are Catholic, you have to be a priest and have the bishop’s permission. And calling the attention of demons to yourself is a very bad idea unless you really know what you are doing and have God’s grace and support.
Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. I hope and pray that these girls will be OK.
Sounds dangerous to me, too.
I certainly think the girls are brave and faithful and dependant on Christ.
And such faith and dependence on Christ, regardless of denomination, is something I suspect most demons would be loathe to face.
Where are the pix? How can I tell if I need exercizin’ if I can’t see the pix?
Very interesting. Part of me thinks, “Well, they have faith and they are trying to help people”. The other half of me thinks, “Dealing with the D^%$$ or his minions is dangerous to your own Soul”. Interesting posting, Markomalley!
Oh, this guy (Larson) again. I remember him years ago on TBN, always relegated to horrible time slots (Tuesday mornings at 4am Eastern, for example). If you check his home page, you’ll see that he sells (for a $5 Paypal charge) a 30-question self-test to see if you have a demon in you. That should answer all questions right there.
I don’t know. Looking at that Pastor, he seems kind of creepy. And the girls are rather attractive. I sure hope the next story on these folks isn’t how he has been taking advantage of them.
It is my belief that the ladies are putting themselves into dangerous situations.
I have witnessed this kind of exorcism, more often termed ‘deliverance’. It is real. However, I doubt the girls have the necessary discernment to effectively diagnose the difference between mental illness or demonic activity.
Human beings, some more than others, are highly suggestible, and if some outside force can be blamed for their own internal struggle, they will adopt that ‘truth’ and play out the part...
This article sounds like the answer to the burning question: “What would happen if Warren Jeffs were a closet Buffy fan?” :)
The one I'm familiar with from 40 years ago wrote:
LIVING ON THE GROWING EDGE.
I thought he had a lot pretty accurately.
Of course Charismatics believe in
"The Priesthood of the Believer."
and that all authentic Christians are called to:
When did exorcists break evil spells? The whole concept of breaking evil spells with a Bible and a Cross is kind of a Voodoo thing.
The whole thing seems to be a feeble attempt at glorifying exorcism. Best to be careful about serious stuff like that.
If casting out demons works...
I know of a house...
It is white...
And it’s in Washington, DC...
The evil one is sending out counterfeit exorcists. That way when someone really needs an exorcist...
Here some lengthy information about Larson from the Christian Research Institute: