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Church needs an Exorcism

… The crisis we face arises from both human weakness and sin, but also demonic activity of the Enemy of the soul.

I ask each and every one of you, individually, before your upcoming November meeting, to perform a Rite of Exorcism over your respective dioceses, or, if you are the Auxiliary or Emeritus Bishop to take part. If you are non-episcopal Administrator, invite a bishop to do it. Whether you decide to do this privately or publicly, please – just do it.

In addition, during the November meeting, together as a body, go to the National Shrine of Our Lady and perform a Rite of Exorcism over the whole nation.

just chillin’

October 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Trying to do as little as possible today.  But I do need to review more Spanish.

WEB SURFING — found a blog post by a Protestant author reflecting on demonic activities in An Exorcist Tells His Story by Gabriele Amorth.  He sounds very open to conversion.

TV — catching up on some “Office” & “Bionic Woman” episodes online from the NBC website.  Watched “The Unit” & “Cane” tonight.

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Exorcism outs the Devil

Interview With an Exorcist DVDOne of the greatest “gifts” God gave to the Church was the power of exorcism.  What most people think about when you say exorcism is actually a “major exorcism” where the Church determines a demon has possessed someone’s body (but not taking their free will) and a priest (approved by the bishop) does the rite of exorcism (usually done in 5 minutes, but may take several months).  I didn’t explore my ignorance about exorcism (because I thought it may invite bad stuff) until I saw a DVD available called “Interview with an Exorcist”

Here’s a few facts that clarified my misconceptions.   Although a demon may possess a body, it does not control a person’s free will.  All priest are taught the rite, but the bishop must approve doing one.  A priest prepares more for the the sacrament of reconciliation than the rite of exorcism.  Priests have been known to successfully perform exorcisms in the state of mortal sin (it’s not a battle between the priest & a demon, it’s between GOD & the demon).  Any prayer denouncing the power of Satan is a prayer of exorcism.  Although a majority of possessions includes some occult practices, even a Christian believer can be possessed (although less likely).

I think I was more afraid of exorcism due to my own ignorance than I am today.  I would recommend more knowledge & understanding to those who may empathize.  A new book supplements the DVD just came out.  More Catholic resources on exorcism are HERE.  The movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose is also pretty good.

I saw an episode of Showtime’s Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t about exorcism (season 5#5).  They had some ridiculous (non-Catholic) “exorcists” that made the whole rite into a joke, concluding there is no such thing as demonic possession.  They just affirm Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” 

This is WHY exorcism is a “gift.”  In an exorcism, Satan is manifested (revealing his existence) and the supreme power of God over evil glorifies our Lord.  — but I don’t want to be the person in the middle (possessee).       

20/20 on Nuns & Exorcisms

Cloistered NunsWhen the public cries for more reports on “faith” topics, I can always count on 20/20 to sieze any opportunity to make Catholics into a “freak show.”  Today’s 2-hour special was called “Seeing and Believing: The Power of Faith.”  As soon as I heard Diane Sawyer’s voice, I knew the extremes of our faithful would be found and exploited with “Cloistered Monasteries” and “Exorcisms.”  The show can be seen on their website (if you hurry!).  The exorcism part was OK, but the monastery piece made those sisters (the Poor Clares in New Mexico) look so brainwashed, it hurt to watch.  Diane Sawyer was embarrassing to watch with her insulting questions like “celibacy in 2007?” and “do you really think your prayers make a difference in the world?”  Her shock and cluelessness when confronted with a committed faith was both sad and comical.  That “anti-vocation” piece should be shown at “vocation awareness” retreat to illustrate how “the world” tries to discredit the consecrate life with “the world’s” juvenile perspective.  Most are not called to live the monastic life (I can’t do all that!).  This community is just one out of hundreds of different religious orders and we’re each called to respond in “our” way.  I thank God for them and I hope their prayers help me better discern my response.  (I found a blog about the sisters here)