Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

When exorcists need help, they call him
CNN ^ | John Blake

Posted on 08/05/2017 5:18:05 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

A small group of nuns and priests met the woman in the chapel of a house one June evening. Though it was warm outside, a palpable chill settled over the room. As the priests began to pray, the woman slipped into a trance -- and then snapped to life. She spoke in multiple voices: One was deep, guttural and masculine; another was high-pitched; a third spouted only Latin. When someone secretly sprinkled ordinary water on her, she didn't react. But when holy water was used, she screamed in pain.

"Leave her alone, you f***ing priests," the guttural voice shouted. "Stop, you whores. ... You'll be sorry." You've probably seen this before: a soul corrupted by Satan, a priest waving a crucifix at a snarling woman. Movies and books have mimicked exorcisms so often, they've become clichés.

The 1973 film "The Exorcist" shaped how many see demonic possession.

But this was an actual exorcism -- and included a character not normally seen in the traditional drive-out-the-devil script.

Dr. Richard Gallagher is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified psychiatrist who teaches at Columbia University and New York Medical College. He was part of the team that tried to help the woman.

Fighting Satan's minions wasn't part of Gallagher's career plan while he was studying medicine at Yale. He knew about biblical accounts of demonic possession but thought they were an ancient culture's attempt to grapple with mental disorders like epilepsy. He proudly calls himself a "man of science."

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: demons; exorcist; faith; satan
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-32 last
To: onedoug

And her name is not Barack Obama.


21 posted on 08/05/2017 8:58:47 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Hitler’s Mein Kampf, translated into Arabic, is "My Jihad")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Thx for that. Vy interesting.


22 posted on 08/05/2017 9:11:00 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: tired&retired; GreyFriar

Ping to a fairly good article on exorcism.


23 posted on 08/05/2017 9:23:13 AM PDT by zot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux

“Your momma sews socks that smell!”


24 posted on 08/05/2017 9:27:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zot

And from CNN.?.?.?


25 posted on 08/05/2017 9:36:10 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux
The article quotes a neurologist who is skeptical about demonic possession:

In an interview, Novella went further and criticized any therapist who believes his patient's delusions. "The worst thing you can do to a patient who is delusional is to confirm their delusions," says Novella, who founded the New England Skeptical Society. "The primary goal of therapy is to reorient them to reality..."

Wonder what Novella thinks about gender reassignment surgery.

26 posted on 08/05/2017 9:38:50 AM PDT by omega4412
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: omega4412

Excellent question!


27 posted on 08/05/2017 9:46:51 AM PDT by doberville
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: TalBlack

I thought “pretty contemporary” made sense.


28 posted on 08/05/2017 12:43:02 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (https://youtu.be/IYUYya6bPGw)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: omega4412

These “sceptics” never address issues like levitation, speaking dead languages, vomiting gallons of disgusting stuff, etc.


29 posted on 08/05/2017 12:49:20 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (https://youtu.be/IYUYya6bPGw)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: RoosterRedux
"When exorcists need help, they call him"

You knew it was coming:

It would have been sooner but it's daytime somewhere on Earth so FR is crawling.

[Long stream of expletives deleted.]

30 posted on 08/05/2017 1:20:04 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Government should be done to cattle and not human beings." - John Milius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Biggirl
It was over for Hillary on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when she had to be helped into the car dodged sniper fire. That day really was the sealing of Hillary’s defeat. Fixed it.
31 posted on 08/05/2017 3:32:45 PM PDT by Mean Daddy (Every time Hillary lies, a demon gets its wings. - Windflier)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

*


32 posted on 08/07/2017 11:12:56 AM PDT by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-32 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson