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  • Demand for exorcisms rises while Christian faith in the US declines(tr)

    09/27/2016 12:00:35 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 43 replies
    Full title : Demand for exorcisms rises while Christian faith in the US declines - Exorcists cite spiritual void, failure of mental healthcare system and rise in pagan and demonic activities as causes After the recent news of Father Gabriele Amorth’s death and the recent unveiling of Fox’s new “Exorcist” miniseries, the Catholic rite of exorcism is once again in the news. Often looked at as a prayer service seen only in the movies, the rite of exorcism is something more and more people in the US are looking to priests to perform, believing that evil has infiltrated their lives...
  • 'Satanism and demonic possession' on the rise triggering EMERGENCY need for more exorcists

    09/28/2016 6:37:24 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 24 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 28th September 2016 | Henry Holloway
    DEMONIC possessions are on the rise and the church does not have enough exorcists to fight them. DEMONIC WAR: Catholic Church exorcists say they are not enough of them battle the forces of evil. This is the shock claim made by top priests from the Catholic Church close to the Vatican. Religious figures warned there was an “emergency” lack of priests with the ability to battle the possessions. Church experts insisted they need to recruit more priests to combat black magic, satanism and sorcery. They blamed the internet for the rise in the occult as more people begin to dabble...
  • Teenage girls exorcised for FIVE HRS after being possessed by demons while summoning evil ghost

    09/14/2016 1:22:32 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 68 replies
    Mirror ^ | 14 SEP 2016 | SCOTT CAMPBELL
    The girls who had taken the Charlie Charlie challenge were filmed screaming and convulsing on the floor of a church while being exorcised. The girls were filmed screaming and convulsing on the floor of a church after taking the ouija board-inspired Charlie Charlie challenge . In a clip of the exorcism one of the teens can be seen lurching forward and trying to grapple another youngster. She is quickly restrained by police and church workers who are clutching bibles in a desperate bid to revive the girls. A source said: "These girls apparently played the famous 'Charlie Charlie' and apparently...
  • As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. And, sometimes, demonic possession.

    07/01/2016 4:02:55 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2016 | Richard Gallagher
    How a scientist learned to work with exorcists. In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his “queen.” I’m a man of science and a lover of history; after studying the classics at Princeton, I trained in psychiatry at Yale and in psychoanalysis at Columbia. That background is why a Catholic priest had asked my professional opinion, which I offered pro bono, about whether this...
  • As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. And, sometimes, demonic possession.

    07/01/2016 8:18:37 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    wapo ^ | 7.1 | gallagher
    In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his “queen.”
  • Hamas 'exorcism' ritual used to recruit child terrorists

    04/11/2016 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/4/16 | David Rosenberg
    Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=86&v=kfZ0C6aFkf4 Hamas has a new tactic for ensuring fidelity to its radical form of Islam and encouraging young Arabs to volunteer for terrorist actions against Israel – ritual exorcism. According to the Gatestone Institute, schools in Gaza have welcomed Islamic preachers from The Ship of Missionary Salvation, an organization supported by the Hamas-dominated Waqf Ministry. The preachers, who visit schools across Gaza, single out children for ritual exorcism, claiming they have been possessed by demon spirits. Students who are subjected to the ritual are “cleansed," but also find themselves pressured to continue to show signs of their “devotion” to...
  • Child Exorcism

    04/11/2016 6:00:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 7/12/14
    Allegedly this is commonplace in Ghaza. But according to search I did, it's done all over the Islamic world as well.
  • Protesters Attempt Exorcism On Ted Cruz

    02/09/2016 12:17:21 PM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Two protesters holding mirrors and crosses interrupted Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, in an attempt to perform an exorcism on Cruz.
  • Hazing at William Paterson included exorcism, court says

    01/25/2016 1:14:11 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 2 replies
    http://www.nj.com ^ | January 25, 2016 | Ben Horowitz
    WAYNE — An exorcism and a slap-down were part of a "cult-like" hazing activity in which students took on "alter egos" at William Paterson University in 2013, according to a state appeals court decision. The court described those activities by what was apparently a small, unofficial group of students in its ruling Monday, denying an appeal filed by two students, Jedediah Rockwell and Krishani Nadarajah, who were found responsible for hazing, and in one case, assault, by a university hearing board. Their appeal sought to overturn the results of the hearing. Both students were disciplined and one was suspended following...
  • Rarity of exorcisms

    11/28/2015 8:50:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 60 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-20-15 | Msgr.Charles Pope
    Rarity of exorcisms Msgr. Charles Pope 11/20/2015 Q. In our diocese, it is very hard to get an exorcism performed. I thought that Rome had insisted that this ancient rite be restored and more available.A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: Your summation of Rome’s stance is correct but incomplete. The faithful do have a right to pastoral care when possession is suspected and each diocese ought to have some way of addressing the concerns. But the first step is always to assess each case to determine if there is true possession or perhaps a lesser form of demonic oppression....
  • Titles and Descriptions of Satan from the Rite of Exorcism and What They Have to Teach Us

    09/08/2015 8:08:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Titles and Descriptions of Satan from the Rite of Exorcism and What They Have to Teach Us Msgr. Charles Pope • September 7, 2015 • In the realm of demonology there is a cautious balance to maintain. Sadly, an exorcist must usually inflict pain upon demons in order to drive them out. This is done through the prayers of the Rite of Exorcism and through other things recommended by the rite such as the use of holy water, the use of relics, the touch of a stole, and the use of the Holy Cross.And yet the exorcist must be careful...
  • Naming the Demons of Ireland and Great Britain

    08/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 8/25/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50)...
  • What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

    06/16/2015 2:20:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    cna ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Ramos
    Credit: Estitxu Carton via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so. And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo Magno.” Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara,...
  • Bishops Perform ‘Great Exorcism’ on Entire Mexican Nation

    06/16/2015 1:10:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an extraordinary act of spiritual warfare, several bishops and exorcist priests have performed what is being called a “Magno Exorcismo” (great exorcism) of the entire country of Mexico following a series of events that the bishops see as linked to the presence and influence of Satan. On May 20, the former Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Ińiguez, the Archbishop of San Luis Potosi, Carlos Cabrero, as well as several exorcist priests from various Mexican dioceses held a closed-door exorcism ritual at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Luis Potosí. The well-known Spanish exorcist Father José Antonio Fortea acted as...
  • Watch priests perform exorcism on screaming woman who was 'possessed by the devil'

    03/25/2015 9:45:33 AM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mirror ^ | March 24, 2015 | David Rogers
    This rare and disturbing footage has been released of a woman writhing around on the floor and screaming as an exorcism is performed on her in Argentina. The 22-year-old woman, identified only by her first name Laura, is pinned to the ground as Bishop Manuel Acuna, 52, drives the evil spirits out of her. As she screams ‘No, No’ and spits ‘Whore’ at one of the women holding her down, Bishop Acuna is heard muttering: "Leave, leave her now." Before the exorcism, locals gathered at the Lutheran Charismatic Church in the capital Buenos Aires, praying for her soul and redemption....
  • Priest arrested for exorcism on anorexic girl

    03/21/2015 2:12:22 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    The Local es ^ | 3/18/15 | The Local es
    A judge in Burgos has called for the arrest of exorcist, Jesús Hernández Sahagún, along with the girl’s priest after she went through 13 exorcisms while still a minor. Sahagún, the official exorcist of Valladolid, is facing charges of gender violence, causing injury and mistreatment according to local newspaper, Diario de Burgos, and has been asked to make a statement on the events. The events date back to 2012, when the girl began to suffer from anorexia. According to El País, her religious parents became convinced she was possessed by the devil and decided to have their child exorcised. She...
  • Haunting screams caught on camera as EXORCISM performed on woman in Czech Republic church

    11/19/2014 1:57:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | november 18, 2014
    An exorcism caught on camera, filmed through the keyhole of a church in the Czech Republic, is a genuine act, church officials confirmed. The film shows a woman said to be possessed by the devil is heard screaming as a religious 'cleansing ritual' is performed. The exorcism, carried out in a Roman Catholic Church in Vranov nad Dyji, southern Czech Republic, was secretly filmed and posted on YouTube. Daniel Trochta told local media how he sneaked up to the door after hearing the screaming to film the secret process through a keyhole of the church. He then posted the almost...
  • Pope Leo XIII Institute:Exorcism is Back

    11/14/2014 6:19:10 PM PST · by johniegrad · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | May 4th, 2014 | Katie Engelhart
    Do-it-yourself exorcism schools, some aligned with actual Vatican guidelines, are on the rise. Is it really 2014?
  • Pope Francis Blesses International Association of Exorcists for Their Work

    11/11/2014 12:38:43 PM PST · by tired&retired · 23 replies
    Religion Today ^ | Friday, November 07, 2014 | Amanda Casanova
    The International Association of Exorcists says satanism is gaining popularity. Valter Cascioli, a spokesman for the organization, said there has been an "extraordinary increase in demonic activity" during a segment on Vatican radio. The International Association of Exorcists includes around 300 members. The group met in Rome last week to talk with the Pope and discuss the impact of the occult and Satanism. Cascioli said people are too willing to participate in "ordinary demonic activity." Renowned exorcist Fr. Aldo Buonaiuto recently said, "Many say Halloween is a simple carnival, but in fact there is nothing innocent or fun about it...
  • Exorcisms Are On The Rise: Priests Point To Growing Fascination With The Occult

    11/11/2014 12:19:41 PM PST · by tired&retired · 42 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 10 2014 5:30 PM | Zoe Mintz
    Ouija board séances, marathon-watching “Long Island Medium” and reading witchcraft books may be common teenage obsessions, but for one mother this was a cause for concern -- and for the Catholic Church, it may be the source of a growth industry in exorcisms. Last week, in an advice column in the online Catholic magazine Crux, an anonymous mother asked whether her child’s occult interests could lead to “black lipstick and Satan worship” in the future. Whoever this young girl is, she is not alone. Films like the recent blockbuster hit “Ouija,” ghost-hunting "reality" TV shows and even the Harry Potter...
  • Republican Who Performed ‘Exorcism’ On President Obama Elected to Colorado State House

    11/07/2014 1:01:26 PM PST · by chajin · 37 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | November 5, 2014 | Ryan Denson
    No, this is sadly not satire. Colorado barely held onto their Democratic governor in last night’s hotly contested election. They did, however, elect a radical, anti-LGBT, Obama-hating chaplain to their state House of Representatives. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that activist Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, who made national headlines last year for his attempt to exorcise a “demonic spirit” from President Barack Obama, won his position with 70 percent of the vote in the El Paso County district. The district is solid Republican, with a 2-1 registered advantage...
  • Video: Jesuit Priest Talks About Real-Life Exorcism

    11/01/2014 3:45:29 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | October 31, 2014
    The late Fr. Herbert J. Ryan, S.J., from Loyola Marymount University talks about the 1949 exorcism of a young man in St. Louis whose case inspired the novel by William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist." Fr. Ryan served as a consultant on the film "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." In 1949 the young man began to show signs of demonic possession in his Maryland home. An inexperienced local priest tried to conduct an exorcism at Georgetown University Hospital, with disastrous consequences. The young man was sent to St. Louis where he had family ties, and where Jesuit priests successfully conducted an...
  • NYPD Cop-Turned-Demonologist on Why He Believes Possessions Are on the Rise — and the Most

    07/05/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT · by null and void · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 5, 2014 7:10am | Billy Hallowell
    Despite always believing in the existence of good, evil and God, ex-New York Police Department sergeant Ralph Sarchie didn’t consider himself a particularly religious guy — that is, until he began battling what he says are dangerous, supernatural forces. Sarchie, a self-described demonologist who was once a cop for the 46th police precinct in New York City — and the inspiration for the new Hollywood film “Deliver Us From Evil” — told TheBlaze that he believes possessions and infestations are on the rise. “It’s definitely on the rise. I hate to say it,” Sarchie said in an interview. “As society...
  • Three American friends hospitalised after becoming 'possessed' following Ouija board game

    06/24/2014 5:04:49 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 132 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 24, 2014 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    Three American friends have been taken to hospital after reportedly becoming 'possessed' by evil spirits while playing with a Ouija board. Alexandra Huerta, 22, was playing the game with her brother Sergio, 23, and 18-year-old cousin Fernando Cuevas at a house in the village of San Juan Tlacotenco in south-west Mexico. But minutes into it, she apparently started 'growling' and thrashing around in a 'trance-like' state. They restrained Alexandra to prevent her from hurting herself, before treating the three with painkillers, anti-stress medication and eye drops, which seemingly worked. Victor Demesa, 46, the director of public safety in the nearby...
  • Modern Pope Gets Old School on the Devil

    05/11/2014 10:35:21 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2014 | Anthony Fiaola
    VATICAN CITY — A darling of liberal Catholics and an advocate of inclusion and forgiveness, Pope Francis is hardly known for fire and brimstone. Yet, in his words and deeds, the new pope is locked in an epic battle with the oldest enemy of God and creation: The Devil. After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind...
  • Palestinian Teen Dies in Exorcism

    03/08/2014 2:09:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    “Are you a male or a female? A Muslim or a nonbeliever? If you are a nonbeliever, raise the index finger of your left hand. If you are a Muslim, raise the index finger of your right hand!” Sheikh Abu Harith screamed the words in Ghada’s ear as she lay in one of the beds in his clinic. He was talking to what he thought was a djinn, a supernatural creature in Islamic tradition, which was possessing her. Summary⎙ Print A teenage Palestinian girl has died while undergoing an exorcism, a widespread practice in Gaza's environment of poor government control...
  • 'We almost lost our lives': Woman possessed by demons in 'portal to hell'

    01/31/2014 9:02:58 AM PST · by tired&retired · 42 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | Friday, Jan 31 2014 | DAILY MAIL REPORTERS
    'We almost lost our lives': Woman possessed by demons in 'portal to hell' house that terrified even the police chief reveals new details of her family's terrifying ordeal Latoya Ammons' home in Gary, Indiana is at the hear of one of the most baffling police cases in state history She was 'possessed' along with her three children after moving into home in 2011 MailOnline has obtained exclusive audio and video footage from the exorcisms of Ammons She claims children were 'satanic chanting' and saw 'big, black monster' Police audio also features a 'demon' rasping 'hey' in the basement
  • The Catholic Battle: Do you believe in the supernatural?

    01/30/2014 1:41:16 PM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 18 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/30/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    “OMG! Call Sam and Dean Winchester!”, was the comment on a YouTube video about the Illuminati and the music business. I thought this was funny! I watch the CW show “Supernatural”, where the Winchester brothers fight evil monsters and demons with the help of sometimes flawed angels. But we all know that demons (and the Illuminati) are not real, don't we? Many news services are beginning to rethink that. A story is circulating through the news outlets about a haunting and possession in Gary Indiana. The report tells of an single mother and two of her children who have been...
  • Demonic Possession Stuns Authorities

    01/30/2014 11:55:04 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | January 29, 2014
    Latoya Ammons Authorities in Gary, Indiana were stunned by the demonic possession of a woman and her three children that saw a nine year-old boy walk backward up a wall and a little girl levitate above her bed.According to IndyStar.com, whose report was gleaned from over 800 pages of official records, it all started when Indianapolis resident Latoya Ammons and her family moved into a rental home on Carolina Street in Gary in November, 2011. Not long after Latoya, her mother, Rosa Campbell, and her three children ages 6, 9 and 12 moved into the home, strange things started happening.First,...
  • Satan is Real – Read these Amazing Stories

    01/30/2014 6:42:26 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | 1/29/14 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Latoya Ammons is a women from Indiana who had to have an exorcism for herself and her children. The story is making its way across the news outlets, and unusual for a story like this–the supernatural phenomenon and Latoya and her family’s subsequent deliverance has been treated seriously and objectively. Part of the reason for this is because a hard headed cop named Charles Austin got involved, doubted the paranormal dimension and was soon convinced.
  • Haunting in Indiana leads to family’s exorcism, child’s levitation: Reports

    01/28/2014 11:50:18 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 87 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/27/14 | Nina Golgowski
    A Gary, Ind., mother of three claims demons caused her 12-year-old daughter to levitate and her 9-year-old son to walk on a hospital ceiling — accounts supported by medical personnel and police officials, according to a shocking report. For Latoya Ammons, the late night footsteps, the creaking of a door and wet footprints left by a shadowy male figure through her living room were merely child's play when that was all her family had to endure. But then things turned violent.
  • Police and medical staff document America's real-life possession: Official reports claim boy

    01/27/2014 7:55:22 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 January 2014 | LYDIA WARREN
    A nine-year-old boy walked backwards up a wall and ceiling as startled medical staff looked on after his mother claimed he and his two siblings had been possessed by demons, according to official reports. The unlikely-sounding event was detailed in official documents after a child services case worker and a nurse both said they saw the boy 'glide' backwards on the floor, wall and ceiling. Both were shocked to see the boy apparently float after their mother had been subject to months of scepticism when she claimed her home in Gary, Indiana, was haunted and all three of her children...
  • Famed Exorcist Comes to Miami, Puts Santeria on Blast

    01/21/2014 3:40:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Jan. 21 2014 | Allie Conti
    Father Jose Antonio Fortea, author of a famous treaty on demonology, spent about an hour with the press at Miami's Archdiocese on Friday. He framed the conversation around the idea that people are turning toward secular solutions or other faiths to overcome spiritual obstacles. Fortea, who is from Spain, said that although exorcisms are uncommon last-ditch resorts, the Vatican has emphasized the rite in recent years out of necessity. The Catholic Church does not advertise the number of exorcisms it approves annually, but some statistics do exist: Between 1991 and 2001, the number of Catholic demon-expellers in the United States...
  • Exorcism rituals on the rise as way to battle evil of Mexican cartels

    01/17/2014 4:07:38 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 6 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/17/14 | Deborah Hastings
    In the heavily Roman Catholic country of Mexico, exorcisms battle the evil violence of drug cartels, priests say. Also blamed for syndicate savagery is the rising popularity of Santa Muerte, folk saint of narcotics kingpins and some two million Mexican followers. It was the most awful confession Father Ernesto Caro ever heard in 22 long years of serving the church. The sinner was a killer for the Los Zetas cartel, Mexico's most heinous crime syndicate. His specialty was chopping people into pieces, while they were still alive. "He said he smiled while he was doing it. He said he enjoyed...
  • The Combat of an Exorcist Today -- What the Devil Must Disclose

    01/14/2014 9:19:25 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 1/14/14 | Giuseppe Nardi
    "...An outstanding feature of the "personality" of the devil is his "abysmal hatred". He "enjoys the evil in whatever form it occurs." In one exorcism, he cried: "Take this heinous book of the Apocalypse. It is written about a woman who gives birth. I always try to eat the children. Do you know how?" Then the devil described with frightening words, the daily mass murder of thousands of unborn children who are killed by abortion in the womb. ..."
  • Satan stepping up war for souls

    01/10/2014 1:05:06 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    Clerical Whispers ^ | 1/10/14 | Clerical Whispers
    "...The rise in demonic possession reports is a result of more people dabbling in black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija-board conjuring, often exploring "the dark arts" with the help of information readily found on the internet, the church said. The increase in the number of priests being trained to tackle the phenomenon is also an effort by the church to sideline self-proclaimed exorcists, and is tacit recognition that belief in Satan, once regarded by progressives as an embarrassment, is still very much alive."
  • Can exorcisms help soldiers with PTSD?

    01/05/2014 12:55:25 PM PST · by tired&retired · 28 replies
    N Y Post ^ | January 4, 2014 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN
    Army machine-gunner Caleb Daniels lost his best friend and seven other members of his unit when a Chinook helicopter — one he was meant to be on — crashed in Afghanistan. The 2005 tragedy haunted him when he returned to his home in Savannah, Ga. At night, a tall, shadowy figure crept into his room. Sometimes the Black Thing would threaten to kill him; other times it would choke his dead best friend. The dark figure, a “Destroyer demon,” punished him, he said, “for killing and for living.” Without answers — his PTSD diagnosis offered little explanation — he went...
  • Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church

    01/05/2014 11:23:19 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 5, 2014 | Nick Squires
    Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil. The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.
  • 12 MUST-READ QUOTES FROM BISHOP PAPROCKI’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE EXORCISM

    11/22/2013 1:52:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 22, 2013 | John White
    In a much-publicized event on Wednesday that coincided with Governor Pat Quinn signing gay marriage into law in Illinois, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield led the faithful in “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.”In his homily at the service, Bishop Paprocki demonstrated once again why he is emerging as one of the most articulate, steadfast, and intrepid defenders of marriage in the Catholic Church in America.Bishop Paprocki’s entire homily is worth reading. Here I’ve excerpted some of the highlights.A few of the quotes are longer than others, but worth it. Some contain quotes...
  • An object lesson in fearlessness when defending Church teaching (Homosexual "marriage")

    11/17/2013 10:12:32 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | November 17, 2013 | Fr. Richard Jacobs
    When it comes to controversy, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield (Illinois) is no stranger. This prelate is fearless when defending Church teaching. According to Breitbart.com, Bishop Paprocki will perform the Rite of Exorcism on Wednesday, November 20, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception located in the state capital. The rite is officially being called “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.” Bishop Paprocki believes that so-called “homosexual marriage” is the work of the devil and, in this instance, Satan not only can inhabit people but also can invade the Church...
  • Springfield Bishop Calls for Exorcism Tied to Gay Marriage

    11/15/2013 6:16:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/15/13 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    <p>Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for "exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage" at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill into law next week.</p>
  • Do You Know the Terrifying ‘Real-Life’ Possession Story That Inspired ‘The Exorcist’?

    10/31/2013 2:49:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | october 31, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Linda Blair’s head-rotating, pea soup-vomiting portrayal of demonic possession is the stuff of movie legend, but the events that form the basis of “The Exorcist” and the book of the same name were actually inspired by a month-long demon-purging over a young boy in 1949. Questions remain surrounding the boy’s true identity. Known by the pseudonym ”Robbie Mannheim,” his real name has never been released to the public and only a few people know of his whereabouts. Last year, university archivist David Waide told KSDK-TV that Robbie is still alive and is believed to be 78 years old. Robbie’s Plight...
  • Teenage woman crucified as part of a 'week long exorcism carried out by her boyfriend and friends'

    10/14/2013 4:02:26 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct 7, 2013 | Peter Allen
    A teenager thought to be possessed by the devil was subjected to a violent crucifixion-style exorcism by four religious extremists, a court in France heard today (Monday). Three men and a woman belonging to the Seventh Day Adventist Church are accused of kidnapping, and acts of torture and barbarism against the 19-year-old. The young woman, referred to solely by the name Antoinette, was barely alive when police found her in a flat in a housing estate in the Paris suburb of Grigny. Her tormentors are accused of tying her up like Jesus on the cross, and keeping Antoinette in the...
  • "The Exorcist" and the Priesthood

    10/05/2013 6:09:48 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 19 replies
    YOUCATholic ^ | 5 October 2013 | Matthew Olson
    “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” - James 4:7 On Wednesday, spurred by advance notice of that night's topic on Think Tank – a weekly vlog hosted by Wilson Orihuela on Vericast – I finally found time to watch The Exorcist, the famous film from 1973. The movie revolves around an irreligious, divorced woman and her daughter, who becomes possessed by a demon. The mother looks to science and medicine, but finds no true answer. Eventually, like the woman in Mark 7:25, the mother “whose little daughter had an unclean spirit” seeks the...
  • Olivia Newton-John Has Exorcism At Home

    09/24/2013 11:27:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 61 replies
    Star Pulse ^ | 9/24/2013 | Lucy Hobson
    Olivia Newton-John has had an exorcism at her house. The 'Grease' star was rocked by the death of 41-year-old contractor Christopher Pariseletti on her property in August, so hired a Catholic priest to perform the ritual and cleanse it of bad spirits. Olivia, 64, was joined by her husband, John Easterling, and a pair of friends during the ritual, where prayers were recited and holy water distributed around the home. Christopher had worked on the property at the Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, and had a key. He is thought to have been in financial difficulty with his business facing closure,...
  • Poll: Half of Americans believe people can be possessed by the Devil or spirits

    09/18/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 41 replies
    YouGov ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | Katie Jagel
    These are the topline results of a YouGov survey of 1000 US adults interviewed September 12 - 13, 2013 on exorcism and possession. The results show that half of Americans believe in possession although most say it happens infrequently. The margin of error is 3%. (Click here to see full tables and demographic crossbreaks) Do you personally believe in the existence of the Devil or not? Yes . . . 57% No . . . 28% Don’t know . . .15% Do you believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit? Yes . . 51%...
  • Does the Catholic Church Teach "Doctrines of Demons?"

    07/22/2013 2:45:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 709 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | July 21, 2013 | Tim Staples
    Two days ago, we had a couple of converts to the Catholic Faith come by the office here at Catholic Answers to get a tour of our facility and to meet the apologists who had been instrumental in their conversions. One of the two gave me a letter she received from her Pentecostal pastor. He had written to her upon his discovery that she was on her way into full communion with the Catholic Church. She asked for advice concerning either how to respond or whether she should respond at all to the letter.As I read through the multiple...
  • Demons, Possession, Exorcism --- your opinions/recommendations on books and authors

    06/16/2013 5:47:16 PM PDT · by workerbee · 190 replies
    6/16/13 | me
    I am currently reading The Day Satan Called by Bill Scott.... somewhat interesting, but at this point (about a quarter into it) not very well-written or even believable. I'm interested in your opinions or suggestions for non-fictional accounts of demonic possession, Satanism, and the like -- I'm considering Malachi Martin's Hostages of the Devil. I'd also be interested in your thoughts on these topics as they relate to ouija boards, Enneagram charts, or even yoga, as well as any personal experiences you may have with said topics. I'm especially concerned with a Roman Catholic or Orthodox point of view but...
  • Catholic Church's Top Exorcist Claims He Rid World of 160,000 Demons

    05/31/2013 5:03:39 PM PDT · by plain talk · 23 replies
    CP World ^ | May 28, 2013 | Leonardo Blair
    The Catholic Church's top exorcist, who claims to have sent 160,000 demons back to hell, says he wants Pope Francis to allow all priests to start performing the ritual to deal with a rising demand for exorcisms from the faithful. Father Gabriele Amorth, 88, who also heads the International Association of Exorcists, told The Sunday Times that he will ask Pope Francis to allow all priests the right to do exorcisms without the church's approval. According to the report, priests currently need special approval from their bishop to perform the rite and it is rarely granted. "I will ask the...
  • Famous exorcist says Pope's simple prayer cast out demon

    05/24/2013 3:24:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | May 24, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of Rome, speaks to CNA on May 22, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA. Rome, Italy, May 24, 2013 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rome’s most well known exorcist says Pope Francis performed an exorcism in St. Peter’s Square last Sunday and that the man was possessed because of Mexico’s abortion law. “The Pope, in good faith, got close to him and performed an exorcism on him in the form of a liberation prayer, not like the classical exorcism that one does with a book,” said Father Gabriele Amorth in a May 22 evening interview with...