“Please send me information on how to attend the class on exorcism at the Vatican!”
As most readers of this blog might imagine, the preceding request is one we frequently receive; it would seem that a large number of people want to take part in the battle against demonic possession or they simply desire to satisfy their curiosity.
It was my understanding that up until the last year or so the Istituto Sacerdos only offered this course to the Priests and Sisters of the Roman Catholic church, however as the story we posted titled “Institute to hold 11th exorcism course” explains, the course is now apparently open to not only clergy but lay people as well.
Now as to how one might attend, your guess is as good as mine at this point, but perhaps there is an answer… Continue reading →
There are some publications that treat religion-news coverage like a trip to some mysterious planet where the inhabitants are incomprehensible. Such was the San Francisco Weekly’s recent take on a local exorcist. It was so crammed with mistakes, one wonders if anyone bothered editing or fact checking the piece.
The Weekly has had some decent religion stories in the past, but this was Continue reading →
Rome, Italy, Mar 17, 2016 / 06:01 am (Catholic World Report CNA/EWTN News).- Recognizing the difference between a person who’s possessed and a person struggling with a mental illness or other infirmity is a vital part of the ministry of exorcism, according to a long-time exorcist and priest.
Like a houseguest who can’t take a hint, the devil fails to leave after the welcome mat is pulled in. He is simply not someone that should ever receive an invitation.
In my recent article on the demolished house believed to be a site of demonic activity, Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of the TV show Ghost Adventures, admitted during an email interview, that Continue reading →
I am a Jew by choice, who converted formally a little over a year ago. I was raised in a secular Christian home and have always been perplexed and somewhat disgusted by the Christian obsession with the devil. Although Christians insist that the devil appears in the Torah, my understanding is that the biblical Hebrew word satan, from which comes the name Satan, has been mistranslated as “devil” when it really means “obstacle.” Am I right or wrong?
The answer is: both. It depends partly on which books and periods of the biblical corpus one is looking at; Continue reading →
The people stir a few minutes past 7 p.m. when a tiny man wearing white robes — a long rectangle of cloth with Vegas-worthy golden sparkles hanging around his neck — appears from a door to the left of the altar. A few weeks shy of his 89th birthday, Father Guglielmo Lauriola walks slowly across the raised altar area to a waiting chair. Here he sits, facing away from his congregation in the style of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass, to read from laminated card prayers and songs devoted to the Virgin Mary. Aside from Jesus on the cross, she is the principal figure of veneration here at the 104-year-old church.