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  • Priest jailed after nun's death in exorcism

    02/19/2007 8:29:23 PM PST · by familyop · 17 replies · 720+ views
    IrelandOn-Line ^ | 19FEB07 | IOL
    A Romanian priest has been sentenced to 14 years in prison today after a nun died during an exorcism ritual. Sister Maricica Irina Cornici, 23, who was being treated for schizophrenia, said she believed the devil was talking to her. Daniel Petru Corogeanu, a monk who served as the priest for a secluded Holy Trinity convent in northeast Romania, and four other nuns, chained Cornici to a cross in an attempt at exorcism. She survived several days without food or water, but died of dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation. The court in the northeast city of Vaslui convicted Corogeanu and the...
  • Man Accused of Trying to Exorcise Devil From 'Days of Our Lives' Star Pleads No Contest

    01/05/2007 3:16:33 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 14 replies · 399+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01-05-07 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Los Angeles-A man accused of trying to exorcise the devil from a "Days of Our Lives" star after bursting into his Malibu backyard pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery and entering private property without permission. In addition, a judge granted a restrainging order sought by actor Drake Hogestyn against Carl Raymond Cheney of Oregon, who entered his plea Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Catholic Q&A: Angels and Demons (Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)

    11/09/2006 7:46:51 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 745+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | November 2006 | answers by Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    1. What is an exorcism?Q: I saw your article about a post-exorcism experience on Spirit Daily. Just what is an exorcism and is it anything like the movies? Exorcisms are rarely similar to what is portrayed in the movies such as The Exorcist or The Exorcism of Emily Rose (see below). There are certainly points of comparison, but Hollywood needs theatrics to dress up or sensationalize an experience of something extraordinary like the supernatural battle against evil. The exaggerations of Hollywood only serve to diminish our sense of the reality of evil and the existence of the devil.... Fundamentally, an...
  • Vatican Warns Controversial Archbishop not to Work with Dan Brown on New Movie

    08/23/2006 11:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 933+ views
    Total Catholic ^ | August 23, 2006 | Gerry O'Connell
    The Holy See has warned that there will be “serious consequences” for a rebel African archbishop if reports that he is to work with the author of the Da Vinci Code on a new novel about exorcisms are true. Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the unpredictable African faith healer and exorcist, is reported to have agreed to work with Dan Brown on the project. The agreement was said to have been reached at a meeting in Houston, Texas, attended by representatives of Dan Brown, Sony Pictures, Random House publishing company and Target, an American company which intends to finance the film. Participants...
  • What is Exorcism and How is it Performed?

    04/24/2006 5:47:06 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 13 replies · 825+ views
    by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.To believe in exorcism you must first believe in the devil. Exorcism is the act of driving out or warding off evil spirits from persons, places, or things. The means employed for this purpose are especially the solemn and authoritative adjuration of the demons, commanding them in the name of God to leave the person or the object which is under their malevolent influence. Among polytheistic religions the use of protective means against the molestation of evil spirits is an essential part of their worship of the deities. The benevolent gods are invoked for whatever...
  • Satan victim of a devilish image problem (says former Jesuit)

    04/24/2006 6:11:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies · 827+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 12, 2006 | Barney Zwartz
    A FORMER Jesuit turned university professor has set himself an ambitious project: rehabilitating the devil.Henry Ansgar Kelly says Satan is the most maligned figure in history and has endured 17 centuries of unjustified character assassination."For 1700 years Satan has been the enemy of God, whereas in the Bible he works for God, he's his prime minister or attorney-general, in charge of policing the world," Professor Kelly said."He is one of God's angels, and his job is to test people."The 71-year-old University of California professor has played devil's advocate for four decades, and is the author of many books and scholarly...
  • Vatican exorcist Amorth speaks on Satan's smoke

    03/21/2006 6:00:49 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 2,612+ views
    Spero News ^ | March 16, 2006 | Stefano Maria Paci
    Twenty-nine years have passed since that day, June 29 1972. It was the Feast of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles. It was the Feast of Saint Paul who brought the Gospel of Christ to the extreme corners of the West. On that day, June 29, Feast of the Patron Saints of Rome, Peter’s successor who had taken the name of Paul issued a dramatic warning. Paul VI spoke of God’s enemy supreme, that enemy of man called Satan, enemy of the Church. “The smoke of Satan”, warned Paul VI, “has found its way into the Church through the fissures”....
  • Vatican exorcist Amorth speaks on Satan's smoke

    03/20/2006 11:50:05 AM PST · by Antioch · 6 replies · 627+ views
    Spero News ^ | Thursday, March 16, 2006 | Stefano Maria Paci
    Twenty-nine years have passed since that day, June 29 1972. It was the Feast of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles. It was the Feast of Saint Paul who brought the Gospel of Christ to the extreme corners of the West. On that day, June 29, Feast of the Patron Saints of Rome, Peter’s successor who had taken the name of Paul issued a dramatic warning. Paul VI spoke of God’s enemy supreme, that enemy of man called Satan, enemy of the Church. “The smoke of Satan”, warned Paul VI, “has found its way into the Church through the fissures”....
  • Christianity and mental illness

    02/15/2006 6:22:56 PM PST · by DallasMike · 11 replies · 466+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | February 15, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Some questions about the Christian life have easy answers. Others do not. In a nice article from January 17th, 2006, D.C. Toedt at The Questioning Christian addresses the thorny and complex issue of Christianity and mental illness. It is my opinion that the Christian community in general has historically not done a very good job at of understanding and ministering to those with mental illness. Christians have no problems helping those suffering from heart disease and cancer, but often blame mental illness on the patient. How many Christians have been told "If you just prayed more and developed a better attitude" you...
  • Pentecostal exorcist Bob Larson blessed by Rome's Chief Exorcist

    02/14/2006 8:05:00 AM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,534+ views ^ | December 28, 2005 | Bob Larson
    December, 28, 2005Dear Friend,            A warm handshake, the touching of each cheek in turn (in true Italian style), and the words, “We are doing the same mission for our Lord Jesus Christ.”            That moment bridged a gap of centuries. Five hundred years ago I would not have been standing in the Vatican and a priest might have called for my death as a heretic. But this day in December, 2005, was a day of reconciliation and embracing on common ground–the belief in waging spiritual war through exorcism, deliverance, and healing. St. Peter's Basilica. The largest church in the world.            ...
  • When the demons strike back: experience of an exorcist after an exorcism

    01/27/2006 7:37:26 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies · 1,303+ views
    SpiritDaily ^ | January 27, 2006 | Fr. Tom Euteneuer
    I have been an exorcist for three years, and I know all too well that it always costs something to enter onto the devil’s territory and wrench a soul out of his grip, but I have never experienced a demonic retaliation like the one I am about to recount. The only reason I write this true story is to encourage those who read this to remain vigilant, faithful and confident that Christ and His angels have all-surpassing power over demons. The demons may make us suffer temporarily, but they are no match for the power of Christ’s Love and the...
  • Cardinal Cottier on Exorcisms - "The Church Must Speak About the Devil"

    01/22/2006 3:51:36 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 471+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 22, 2006 | Cardinal Georges Cottier
    VATICAN CITY, JAN. 22, 2006 ( Cardinal Georges Cottier, while he was still the theologian to the Pontifical Household, wrote an introduction to the book "Presidente degli Esorcisti -- Esperienze e Delucidazioni di Don Gabriele Amorth" (President of the Exorcists -- Experiences and Clarifications of Father Gabriel Amorth). Father Amorth is an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, and founder and honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists. The book has been recently published by Edizioni Carismatici Francescani. Here is a translation of Cardinal Cottier's introduction. * * * The Church must speak about the devil. Though he sinned,...
  • Exorcism was sought for BTK killer

    01/16/2006 3:05:20 PM PST · by warpcorebreach · 34 replies · 1,263+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 01-16-06 | ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
    Dennis Rader’s pastor sought permission to perform a jailhouse exorcism on the BTK killer but authorities wouldn’t allow it, the Rev. Michael Clark told an Overland Park audience Sunday. Clark believes demonic forces drove Rader to murder 10 victims in the Wichita area, he said at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In response to an audience member’s question, the Lutheran pastor said he spoke at length with the Sedgwick County sheriff about performing the exorcism. The sheriff politely refused to allow it, Clark said. “Dennis was influenced, I believe, by some kind of demonic force and that played a role in...
  • Italy has army of exorcists

    12/20/2005 10:19:25 AM PST · by Antioch · 5 replies · 310+ views ^ | December 19 | ANSA
    Italy's leading exorcist said on Thursday there were up to 330 priests practising the Vatican-approved procedures for casting out the Devil all over the country . In the Catholic Church exorcists must be priests and they have to be given a sort of 'licence' to perform the special rites by their local bishop . Father Gabriele Amorth, founder and head of an international association of exorcists, said there were no official figures for Italy but he reckoned the number was between 300 and 330 . While exorcists were busy trying to expel Satan from possessed Italians, Father Amorth implied that...
  • Eight sent to asylum after horror exorcism killings in Mexico (The worst story I've ever seen)

    12/17/2005 7:23:28 AM PST · by emiller · 26 replies · 1,071+ views
    Tapei Times ^ | 12-17-05
    A judge ordered eight adults committed to a prison psychiatric facility for 40 years on Thursday for the grisly exorcism slayings of a seven-month-old baby and a 13-year-old girl in a remote mountain community in western Mexico. The brutality of the Dec. 7 killings -- the baby was hacked to death and dismembered while the teenager killed with stones -- has shocked Mexico. Officials say the killers were the victims' own parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, who had become convinced the girls were demons or possessed by the devil. They carried out the ritual slayings, accompanied by prayers, the lighting...
  • Black magic, murder and madness in Satanist South Africa

    11/20/2005 7:19:29 PM PST · by ncountylee · 10 replies · 851+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 21, 2005
    The fixation with the occult dates back to apartheid, writes Gavin du Venage in Cape Town A CHURCH custodian is murdered in the dead of night and his mutilated corpse, bearing vicious stab wounds to his head and side mimicking those of Jesus Christ on the cross, is left in front of the altar. On the ground, in the victim's blood, is written the word "Satun" (sic). The Halloween slaying of 53-year-old Charles Jacobs, janitor at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in the quiet, church-going town of Paarl, east of Cape Town, is the latest in...
  • The Reality of Satan and the Victory of Jesus and Mary (an Exorcist speaks out)

    10/29/2005 6:44:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 1,052+ views
    Mother of All Peoples ^ | October 29, 2005 | Written by Fr. Gabriele Amorth   
    The devil is one of God's creatures. We cannot talk about him and about exorcisms without first stating some basic facts about God's plan for creation. We will not say anything new, but we might present a new perspective.All too often we have the wrong concept of creation, and we take for granted the following wrong sequence of events. We believe that one day God created the angels; that he put them to the test, although we are not sure which test; and that as a result we have the division among angels and demons. The angels were rewarded with...
  • First day of school for aspiring Vatican exorcists

    10/13/2005 11:34:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 1,028+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 13, 2005 | Philip Pullella
    It was the first day of school, so some students were understandably nervous. But then again, they were not taking just any course, but one run by a Vatican university to teach aspiring demonologists and exorcists."There is no doubt that the devil is intervening more in the life of man these days," Father Paolo Scarafoni told the students, most of them priests who want to learn how to tackle the demon if they should ever encounter him."Not all of you will become exorcists but it is indispensable that every priest knows how to discern between demonic possession and psychological problems,"...
  • Dali's gift to exorcist uncovered

    10/13/2005 11:10:35 AM PDT · by Antioch · 4 replies · 300+ views
    ANSA ^ | 2005-10-12 | ANSA
    An art expert has uncovered a sculpture of Christ on the Cross he claims Salvador Dali made to thank an Italian friar who exorcised him. Armando Ginesi found the piece, measuring 60cm by 30cm, among the personal belongings of Gabriele Maria Berardi, a friar who died in 1984, in a storeroom in Rome. He has shown the work to two Spanish experts on the Surrealist artist. They agreed that there are "sufficient stylistic reasons" to believe it was made by Dali . According to Ginesi, Berardi told friends and relatives he exorcised Dali of a demon in 1947 during a...
  • All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    10/08/2005 12:06:36 PM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 15 replies · 1,291+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | October 8, 2005 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    More and more movies are being aimed at the faith-based audience. Many of them claim to be by people of faith. And, many people in the church are getting very excited about these films. Some of these filmmakers are at the top of their game. Some have gone to the most prestigious film schools. But even so, after watching some of the theological errors and confusion in these movies, perhaps they would have been better studying theology and reading, writing and critical thinking rather than film. In one recent movie, the name of Jesus is claimed to have power only...
  • Interview with an Exorcist: Fr. James Lebar talks about ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’

    10/06/2005 6:54:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 4,123+ views
    GodSpy ^ | October 6, 2005 | Angelo Matera
    Editor's Note: This interview discusses key details of scenes crucial to the plot of 'Emily Rose,' which may spoil the movie for you if you haven't seen it yet. GODSPY: Fr. Lebar, did you find the movie convincing?Fr. James Lebar: Yes, I would say so. I thought the movie was good; it presented things fairly. I didn't see anything in the movie that didn't belong there. How do you think it compared to The Exorcist?That was an entirely different situation. This move didn't show all the grim and gory details ... it did show the attacks by the devil, but I think this was...
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    09/16/2005 3:07:37 PM PDT · by America First Libertarian · 6 replies · 5,472+ views ^ | James Randi
    “The Exorcist” made millions for Warner Brothers Studios in 1973, and now in 2005 Sony Pictures has been fluffing up their own latest assault on reason, a film named “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” It’s said that the film is “based on a true story,” as the former one also claimed; we all know how loose such a base can be. The fictional Emily Rose was, in real life, Anneliese Michel, a Bavarian. She was born September 21, 1952, and was a normal, religious girl. Then one day in her 16th year, she began shaking uncontrollably. The Psychiatric Clinic of...
  • Catholic Church Recruits Exorcists

    09/16/2005 8:13:18 AM PDT · by ExSoldier · 41 replies · 1,038+ views
    UK News Telegraph ^ | Sept 16th 2005 | Hilary Clarke
    It is a devil of a job but someone has to do it. Applications are invited for exorcism training at the Vatican's Rome university, the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum. The 10-week course includes sessions in exorcism rites, how to talk to the Devil, the tricks he uses to fight back and signs of the occult hidden in rock music and video games. Students also attend classes in psychology so that priests can distinguish between "real cases" of satanic possession and illnesses such as schizophrenia. (emphasis ExSoldier)The recruitment drive comes amid growing Vatican concern about a rise in Satanism. Pope Benedict...
  • Things That Make You Mutter

    09/15/2005 4:56:27 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 310+ views
    The Morning Paper | 09/15/05 | vanity
    Things That Make You Mutter a Bit Nicosia, Cyprus : Alligators are definitely not native to this delightful island;however, the 12” baby alligator scrounging for food on a busy Nicosia sidewalk seemed unaware of that fact. The head of the Veterinary Department came to the creature’s rescue by taking the critter home and putting it in a nice tub of water. ( All together now: “Aww-w-w-w-w-w-w !” ) Seriously , who brings an alligator to the Mediterranean on a date ? Was it someone under demonic influence ? Rome: There is an Exorcists’ convention ( I think the proper word...
  • 'Exorcism of Emily Rose' Bedevils Rivals

    09/11/2005 1:35:47 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 39 replies · 1,082+ views
    Yahoo Movies ^ | today | ap
    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" bedeviled its competition in its box-office debut this weekend, hauling in $30.2 million with its mix of courtroom drama and classic horror. The film, inspired by true events, follows a Catholic priest on trial for negligent homicide following the death of a satanically possessed 19-year-old. Its PG-13 rating and cast, including Oscar nominees Tom Wilkinson, Laura Linney and Shohreh Aghdashloo, helped give it wide appeal, bumping last week's newcomer, "Transporter 2," from the No. 1 spot, according to studio estimates. Overall revenue for this weekend's top 12 films was up 16 percent from the same...
  • Movie Review – The Exorcism of Emily Rose – Proof that Truth makes the Best Drama

    09/09/2005 10:56:52 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 9 replies · 767+ views
    TORONTO, September 8, 2005 ( - The rule that Truth is scarier than fiction, seems to have been largely lost on Hollywood along with most other guidelines for quality filmmaking. An implausible film cannot frighten. But The Exorcism of Emily Rose is different in that it followed the rule. It broke not once from the evidence of real demonic possession and the theological rules governing it. Most people will compare Emily Rose with The Exorcist, the controversial 1973 film that was also based on recorded accounts of real exorcisms. But for anyone who likes a good supernatural thriller it might...
  • Why Another Course on Exorcism and Satanism (2nd Vatican course set to begin)

    09/09/2005 10:04:42 AM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 340+ views
    Zenit ^ | 09.08.05
    Code: ZE05090801 Date: 2005-09-08 Why Another Course on Exorcism and Satanism Interview With Carlo Climati ROME, SEPT. 8, 2005 ( Interest in Satanism hasn't waned. That is why the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University and the Socioreligious Research and Information Group are offering a course on "Exorcism and the Prayer of Deliverance," the second of its kind. To better understand the objectives and reasons for the course, which starts Oct. 13, ZENIT interviewed one of the program's teachers, Carlo Climati, a journalist who has written on youth Satanism. Q: How did the idea arise to organize a second course on exorcism...
  • Venezuelan Cardinal Says President Chavez Needs "an Exorcism"

    07/31/2005 10:50:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies · 574+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07-31-05 1333EDT | Dan Molinski
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - An outspoken Catholic cardinal took his war of words with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a new level in an interview published Sunday, calling him "a paranoid dictator" who needs "an exorcism." Rosalio Castillo, Venezuela's only cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, also accused Chavez of rounding up more than 100 political prisoners and torturing some captives. "There is no democracy here (in Venezuela)," Castillo told Colombia's main newspaper, El Tiempo. "This is a despotic government." Chavez, who insists he supports democracy, is up for re-election next year, and recent polls suggest he is strongly favored...
  • 'Emily Rose' meant to be more than scary movie (real life exorcism)

    09/09/2005 6:32:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 265 replies · 7,945+ views
    Bluefield Telegraph ^ | September 9, 2005 | Terry Mattingly
    NEW YORK - When it comes to real-life exorcisms, movie director Scott Derrickson has read the transcripts and studied stacks of tapes. He didn't see heads spin 360 degrees or volcanoes of pea-soup vomit. He was, in the end, convinced that demons are real. The results went into "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," a chilling movie that Derrickson hopes will make believers think twice about what they believe and doubters have doubts about their doubts. "The research phase was horrible," he said during press events preceding the Sept. 9 release of the film. But, he added, "I am glad that...
  • My exorcisms get results, says voodoo priest of north London

    06/19/2005 2:57:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 459+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 6/19/05 | Tariq Tahir
    The nondescript red-brick block in north London barely warrants a second glance, but inside one of the flats is concealed a bizarre world barely comprehensible to most people. This is the home of Malcolm Poussaint, a self-styled "voodoo priest" who performs harrowing exorcism rituals on children as young as six whom their parents believe are possessed by demons. Mr Poussaint sees nothing wrong with what he does. It is, he insists, work that has to be carried out. "If the child is not exorcised then it will grow up to be horrible. I get results," said the 75-year-old, who is...
  • Crucified nun dies in 'exorcism' - (Romania; priest asks "Why the Fuss over this?")

    06/18/2005 10:21:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,070+ views
    BBC NEWS.COM ^ | JUNE 19, 2005 | Staff Writer
    A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said. Members of the convent in north-west Romania claim Maricica Irina Cornici was possessed and that the crucifixion had been part of an exorcism ritual. Father Daniel Cornici was found dead on the cross on Wednesday after fellow nuns called an ambulance, according to police. On Saturday a priest and four nuns were charged in connection with her death. Orphan Police say the 23-year-old nun, who was denied food and drink throughout...
  • Crucified nun dies in 'exorcism'

    06/18/2005 2:17:58 PM PDT · by GSlob · 41 replies · 1,245+ views
    [Abstract]: A nun in a Romanian convent died as a result of exorcism [she was tied to a cross without food or water for 3 days] performed on her. A priest and several nuns involved has been charged.
  • Court reduces sum that jury gave woman (for injuries from 'Exorcism')

    06/15/2005 7:35:59 AM PDT · by jtminton · 5 replies · 371+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 06/15/2005 | Darren Barbee
    FORT WORTH - The jury award for a woman who sued a Colleyville church saying she was subjected to bruising exorcism attempts shrank to $178,000 after a ruling last week by the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. In 2002, a Tarrant County jury awarded Laura Schubert $300,000 for mental anguish, past physical pain, medical expenses and loss of future income for injuries she received at the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God Church. On Thursday, the appeals court stripped away $122,000 in damages for Schubert's loss of future income but upheld the rest of the verdict. Church members could...
  • John Paul II performed exorcisms

    05/19/2005 5:53:13 AM PDT · by murphE · 3 replies · 441+ views
    Vatican City, Vatican City, May. 19 (UPI) -- Pope John Paul II allegedly performed at least two apparently successful exorcisms in his lifetime, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. In one, the pope approached a woman, identified only as Francesca F., who "was rolling on the floor screaming" and was said to be possessed by the Devil. When the pope blessed her and told her he would say Mass for her soul, the woman immediately calmed down, ANSA said. An exorcism, usually performed by a specially qualified priest, is intended to combat and remove diabolic possession. A Catholic prelate was...
  • Exorcist on Satan Not Having Last Word - Interview with Father José Antonio Fortea

    05/11/2005 7:00:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 1,842+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 11, 2005
    MADRID, Spain, MAY 11, 2005 ( God is greater than "Satan's vehement irruption," said Benedict XVI in his general audience, something of which exorcists are well aware. In the following interview with Father José Antonio Fortea, priest of the Diocese of Alcala de Henares in Madrid, an experienced exorcist comments on the reality of the devil in modern life. Father Fortea recently wrote a book entitled "Summa Daemoniaca." Q: What is Satan's greatest triumph? Father Fortea: To make us believe that he doesn't exist. Indeed, after the 60s, many theologians said he was a symbol, and this has been a...
  • The devil you know (Scott Peck channels Malachi Martin)

    05/01/2005 8:59:25 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 83 replies · 4,219+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/29/2005 | Richard Woods
    Back in the 1970s, when possession and exorcism were the cinematic and fictional flavor of the era -- one that historian Martin Marty appropriately called “the silly season” -- it fell to my lot to conduct a pre-publication review of Malachi Martin’s sensational book Hostage to the Devil. I was allied in this with an internationally celebrated clinical psychologist. Working independently, our conclusion was the same: Martin’s five “cases” were fabrications of an inventive but disturbed mind, lacking all psychological, historical, theological and pastoral credibility. Some time later, I interviewed Malachi Martin on television. A former priest, Martin had left...
  • Exorcist Puts On A Show (Bob Larson...

    03/15/2005 8:16:26 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 43 replies · 1,745+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 mar 05 | Emily Power
    SELF-PROCLIMED exorcist Bob Larson could be using hypnosis to entrance his subjects, an expert says. Melbourne counseling hypnotherapist Daryl Wilkinson says the techniques used by the US evangelist are typical of hypnotherapy. "Basically what he's doing is a selection process, seeing who is susceptible to suggestion," he said. Larson performed several exorcisims and blessings before hundreds of mostly young people at a free sermon at the Forum Theatre on Friday night.... "If someone is wide-eyed and into it, he'll take them, but if someone is 'Oh yeah, c'mon, he won't." Mr Wilkinson said.
  • Movie "Constantine" thread

    04/02/2005 11:33:21 PM PST · by I_dmc · 10 replies · 616+ views
    Hollywood Jesus web site ^ | February 16, 2005 | Various
    Synopsis: John Constantine has been to hell and back. Born with a gift he didn’t want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (KEANU REEVES) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by...
  • Extraordinary recording of exorcism in Russian Orthodox Church

    03/20/2005 12:59:16 PM PST · by Antioch · 14 replies · 1,084+ views ^ | May 1, 2004 | Stephen Wagner
    This recording was made by Eugene Safronov, who is an assistant to one of the exorcists in the Russian Orthodox Church. The girl struggles violently, her groans becoming inhuman howls and deep, guttural moans of psychological pain. Then she lashes out at the priest, and in a voice that seems not to be her own, spits words of defiance.How the girl came to be possessed is not known. As Eugene understood it, the girl had some involvement with the occult, either in practice or she consulted with an occult practitioner. After this exposure to the occult, the girl’s mother noticed...
  • Priest Who Helped Inspire 'The Exorcist' Dies

    03/04/2005 6:16:05 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 13,103+ views
    Milwaukee Channel ^ | March 3, 2005
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- A priest who participated in the 1949 exorcism that inspired "The Exorcist" book and movie has died at age 83.A funeral mass will be held Friday in a Milwaukee suburb for the Rev. Walter Halloran.He was the last living Jesuit who assisted in the exorcism at a St. Louis hospital. Halloran died Tuesday night at a Jesuit retirement home in suburban Milwaukee. Halloran was a 27-year-old Jesuit student when a priest called him to the psychiatric wing at a St. Louis hospital to help control a 14-year-old boy who he believed was possessed by a demon.A brief...
  • 'Exorcist' priest dies in Wis.

    03/03/2005 1:41:59 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 30 replies · 1,363+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 3-3-05 | ap
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- The Rev. Walter H. Halloran, a priest who took part in an exorcism that spawned the book and movie "The Exorcist," has died at age 83. He was the last living Jesuit who assisted in the exorcism in 1949 at a psychiatric unit in St. Louis. He died Tuesday night at a Jesuit retirement home in suburban Milwaukee. Halloran was a 27-year-old Jesuit scholastic at Saint Louis University when a priest called him to the psychiatric wing at Alexian Brothers Hospital. The Rev. William S. Bowdern was trying to help a 14-year-old boy who he believed was...
  • Call for action on child exorcism (U.K.)

    02/24/2005 11:10:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 309+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 25 February, 2005
    Black church and community leaders are calling for action to protect children from the effects of exorcisms.A spokeswoman for Africans Against Child Abuse (Afruca) said church leaders who believe in possession needed education on child protection. A BBC investigation suggests only a third of London's local authorities are addressing the issue seriously. The Newsnight probe suggests some children are being beaten by parents trying to drive out evil spirits. Afruca spokeswoman Debbie Ariyo said she was not surprised by the findings because the driving out of demons was known to be a widespread practice within the African churches. "It's part...
  • Scott Peck vs. Satan (psychiatrist's new book about exorcism)

    02/19/2005 10:12:27 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 25 replies · 547+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Feb '05 | David Neff
    Glimpses of the Devil, reviewed by David Neff GLIMPSES OF THE DEVIL by M. Scott Peck Free Press, 288 pp.; $26.00 When psychiatrist and bestselling author Scott Peck published People of the Lie in 1983, I took special notice. His brief account of exorcisms in one chapter was consistent with my observations of two attempts to exorcise demons that plagued a woman I had been counseling. So I was also primed to read Peck's newest book, Glimpses of the Devil, in which he speaks in-depth for the first time about two cases of possession and exorcism. Indeed, he claims this...
  • Priests get lesson in exorcism Lack of qualified clergy prompts Vatican class

    02/19/2005 6:55:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 49 replies · 2,399+ views ^ | 02.17.05
    Priests get lesson in exorcism Lack of qualified clergy prompts Vatican class ROME – The Roman Catholic Church is facing a shortage that you might not have heard about: qualified exorcists. Thursday, about 100 priests rose in prayer, asked St. Mary for protection, then sat down to an eight-week study of exorcism and how to distinguish and fight true demonic possession. The course at Rome’s Regina Apostolorum, a prestigious pontifical university, represents the first time a Vatican-sanctioned study at this level has been dedicated to exorcism. In Italy, the number of official exorcists has soared in the past 20 years...
  • Vatican University Debuts Satanism Classes

    02/17/2005 9:44:51 AM PST · by Borges · 11 replies · 446+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/17/05 | ANGELA DOLAND
    ROME - Worried about the lure of the devil, a Vatican -linked university on Thursday debuted its latest course offering: a class on Satanism, black magic and exorcism. The class for clergy and seminarians at Rome's Pontifical Academy "Regina Apostolorum" arose from alarm about what some religious officials see as Satanic practices among young people, especially in Italy. In one case in Italy in January, members of a heavy metal band called "Beasts of Satan" were ordered to stand trial for their alleged role in three ritual killings. One of the victims was a 19-year-old stabbed to death in 1998....
  • Exorcism alive and well as priests help out the haunted

    02/13/2005 6:17:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 2,099+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Saturday, February 12, 2005 | Erin O'Dwyer
    Sharing your home with ghosts and not sure who to call? Try the Anglican Church. Church leaders say homeowners who become convinced their houses are haunted are calling on priests to help them banish troubled spirits. And priests are obliging - with holy water and prayer. The Very Reverend Graeme Lawrence, Dean of Newcastle, said he recently blessed the home of a young couple who believed items of furniture had been moved in their house. He said the "intelligent and sensible" couple came to him in desperation after they were unable to find a rational explanation. Dean Lawrence said priests...
  • Exorcism live on TV...

    02/13/2005 12:57:51 PM PST · by missyme · 28 replies · 747+ views
    WND ^ | Feb 13th, 2005
    'Possessed' man to be 'healed' while attached to brain monitor The UK's Channel 4 is taking reality television to the next level with the planned broadcast of a live exorcism of a man whose brain activity will be monitored while a priest drives out his demons. Channel 4 has earned a reputation for provocative broadcasting of medical procedures, having shown an abortion in 2004 and an autopsy two years prior. An Anglican priest will be conducting the exorcism on a young man who claims he is "possessed by evil," according to the Sunday London Times. The young man has been...
  • Exorcism experts urged for Irish dioceses

    02/04/2005 11:19:06 AM PST · by DBeers · 31 replies · 594+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 4, 2005 | David Quinn
    Priest wants help with 'strange happenings'Every Catholic diocese across the island of Ireland should have a specialist who can assess possible supernatural occurrences such as "poltergeists, hauntings and demonic infestations", according to a priest who is an expert on spiritual issues. Father Pat Collins made the call in the current issue of the religious periodical, The Furrow. He also said that a special conference to discuss these issues is needed which would bring together theologians, psychologists, parapsychologists and experienced exorcists which would aim to "explore this aspect of ministry". Fr Collins, who has written books on spirituality, said he regularly...
  • Scott Peck vs. Satan

    01/29/2005 2:44:06 AM PST · by Catholic54321 · 3 replies · 420+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 24 January 2005 | David Neff
    When psychiatrist and bestselling author Scott Peck published People of the Lie in 1983, I took special notice. His brief account of exorcisms in one chapter was consistent with my observations of two attempts to exorcise demons that plagued a woman I had been counseling. So I was also primed to read Peck's newest book, Glimpses of the Devil, in which he speaks in-depth for the first time about two cases of possession and exorcism. Indeed, he claims this is the first account of possession and exorcism written by a medical scientist. The Serpent Peck's book is a good read....
  • Fr. Gabriel Amorth on the Reform of the Rite of Exorcism

    01/13/2005 8:30:58 AM PST · by murphE · 10 replies · 2,332+ views
    The Catholic Library ^ | June 2000 | An interview with 30 Days, Catholic magazine based in Italy
    The Reform of the Rite of Exorcism Webmaster's Note: [Father Gabriel Amorth is the most famous exorcist in the Holy Church. As the chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, he has performed countless exorcisms, and has contact with many of the active exorcists in the rest of the world. You may remember him from the story of the highly-publicized case of a demonically-possessed girl wreaking havoc at a Papal event last year. He has even written a book, published by Ignatius Press, on exorcism entitled An Exorcist Tells His Story. It is very telling then, to read about...