Wife and Mother of Four Describes Experience of Possession, Exorcism| National Catholic Register

Teresa Piccola’s harrowing experience of possession and liberation through the solemn rite of exorcism is a cautionary tale that ends with great hope.

Source: Wife and Mother of Four Describes Experience of Possession, Exorcism| National Catholic Register

Writing for the National Catholic Register, Bree Dail goes on to report:

Terese Piccola suffered under so many secrets.
“On the outside, I was the perfect mother, the perfect wife,” she said. “Inside, however, I was broken — and what is worse, I thought I deserved it.”

Speaking exclusively with the Register over the last three months, Piccola related details of her life growing up in an Italian-American home in the suburbs of New York, her marriage and motherhood raising four children, and her activism in the pro-life movement and in her parish — all while quietly enduring years of psychological and emotional torture and unexplained physical ailments.

Her world was turned upside down when extraordinary diabolical phenomena began to manifest themselves as attacks not directly on her, but initially on her children. Her plight ended only after an excruciating year and a half-long battle under the guidance of a clinical psychologist — an expert in possession cases — and through the solemn rite of exorcism.

According to Dail, Ms. Piccola relates how she was sexually abused at a young age, then repeatedly raped when she was thirteen.  Apparently–like too many victims report- Continue reading

Too Many Possessed People?

I have no doubt that those of you who follow this journal have noted an absence of reporting on the subjects these pages are dedicated to illuminate; demonic possession, oppression, and Exorcism. Those inclined to question why, might ask, “Why does the Bishop not publish more stories and articles about Exorcism and posssession? Surely there are reports of such what with all the evil present in the world!”

Of course the answer to this proposed question is, yes there is a huge demonic presence on the face of the Earth and there are reports of exorcisms and possession aplenty, but, finding credible reports and bringing them to your smart device—phone, tablet or computer—is difficult at best.

St Michael’s Journal is not an official clearing house or data base to which Priests and ministers file their reports of demonic encounters; not being affiliated in any way with the Roman Catholic Church means their Priests have no obligation or reason to cooperate in our mission. Therefore we rely on the media to publish reports relative to our mission, find those reports, and republish those that adequately portray Exorcism as a viable and needed ministry.

The mainstream media, on a good day, is fickle at best. The no longer report the news without bias or slant towards the message they want to disseminate; while at one time factual, unbiased reporting was the golden rule of journalism, today it seems, that nothing can be published that does not serve the progressive agenda. This agenda of the progressive cult is to eliminate anything perceived as religious in the traditional sense and to replace that spiritual need with the acceptance of stateism and scientism; the “worship” of the socialist state and the science related fields.

To achieve this agenda, the denial of the existence of God and the Devil must be portrayed as the cultural norm; a condition that all the “normal” people accept where those abnormal religionists embrace the superstitious and irrational beliefs of old. Exorcism—the liberation of the victim from Satan’s oppression—must be perceived as dangerous and harmful; a archaic religious rite that must be banned form modern society.

Again let me say that the media can be fickle at best; if a story is sensational and one sure to draw viewers thereby increasing ad revenue, they will run with it. Not too many years ago we had stories popping up nearly daily, reporting examples of demonic infestation, possession, and or exorcism. Media outlets were having a field day reporting such stories and then watching their readership (and ad revenues) increase. All was good with the media and these stories. Then the critics, the educated liberal that is absolutely convinced Satan does not exist, began to castigate the media for reporting on these events; such reporting glamorized the subject in the eyes of the average Joe. The progressive cult simply could not tolerate such disobedience, the subject of possession and Exorcism had to be portrayed in such a light that every rube would reject the possibility that evil is real and a force to be fought against.

There fore, all reports in the media—during the last few years regarding the subject—have been either horror stories of exorcisms gone wrong resulting in injury or even death, or curious stories portraying the ministers and those seeking the assistance of exorcists as deranged simpletons, victims of their own superstition.

Seemingly, the only media outlets that seem interested in publishing actual news about this subject, are those outlets with a reputation for the sensational and not always factual news; the tabloids.

Recently two such outlets—that are considered to be tabloid type publications, perhaps unfairly—ran similar stories reporting on the statements made by attendees at the Regina Apostolorum’s 16th annual exorcism course at the Vatican in Rome. Other outlets reported variations of the same story, that Roman Catholic Priests are complaining that there are too many possessed people to manage leaving them overwhelmed with the volume of exorcisms.

In many of these reports centering around the annual course, we read of Father Giuseppe Bernardi who told researchers of a nine-hour exorcism he took part in with a woman screaming abuse in Latin and assaulting monks. Experts speaking at the symposium said they were in need of psychologists to determine who was actually possessed and who needed mental evaluation and support. Father Bernadi—in the aforementioned case of the woman screaming in Latin—revealed that he sought the help of a psychologist to evaluate the woman, he said there was no support from the church to do so. One of the researchers at the meeting reported that some of the Priests said they were seeing 30 to 50 cases a day.

These cases mentioned in the preceding paragraph are in many ways not too far removed from the treatment format found in the relationship of a patient and his or her analyst in talk therapy. The client, presumably a “possessed” person, goes to the Priest/Exorcist, answers any questions the Exorcist might have, then the Priest says prayers over the client that are thought to provoke the spirits into leaving the client. Typically these events are more like a session with a mental health care professional and nothing like the scenes from a movie like The Exorcist. Events that are—admittedly—hardly news worthy.

The cases we read about in the main stream media, the horror stories that portray Exorcism in a negative light, are almost always perpetuated by those well meaning but misinformed individuals that do great harm to the person they are trying to help.

While oppression is epidemic, possession is extremely rare. In either case, Exorcism, should only be considered after all other avenues have been exhausted. Never ever should a victim be restrained unless in those rare occasions when the victim is combative and physically attacking those attempting to render aid and then only when properly trained medical professionals are monitoring. You cannot beat the devil out or wash him out of a victim, what good does it do to beat someone to death or drown them to accomplish an exorcism?

In conclusion, Saint Michael’s Journal will continue to report from time to time about cases of reported Exorcisms, but we will not knowingly report instances in which individuals acted wrongly or with malice, thereby harming the victim. It is our onion that in these extremes it is not the rite of Exorcism that harmed the victim but the inexperience or ignorance of the provider.

 

 

 

 

Research Shows Most Americans Believe in the Paranormal | Digital Journal

Research Shows Most Americans Believe in the Paranormal, By ACCESSWIRE Published April 21, 2022, Digital Journal


New Thinking Allowed Says Paranormal Experiences Are Normal and Relevant

ALBUQUERQUE, NM / ACCESSWIRE / April 21, 2022 / Recent polling, conducted in October 2021 by Cinch Home Services, a leading home warranty company, indicates that 83% of American adults report having experienced paranormal activity in their homes. The top three forms of paranormal activity were hearing sounds, lights turning on and off, and hearing voices. This finding is consistent with polling going back for decades. Yet, typically, many experiencers are still reluctant to speak openly about their experiences for fear of being ridiculed, called mentally ill, or even accused of demonic possession.

The new accumulated scientific evidence suggests that many such experiences should be taken at face value.

Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., host of the New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube, says, “Large segments of the population, when polled, report personal experiences of a parapsychological nature. Our academic, scientific, and religious institutions have failed to educate the public about 140 years of research into paranormal phenomena.”

Mishlove says, “My hope is to help people realize their paranormal experiences are normal and relevant – thus helping to remove the stigma associated with parapsychology.” He believes the recent research is encouraging. “The best antidote to the fear and ignorance concerning paranormal experiences is public education.”

Read more: https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/research-shows-most-americans-believe-in-the-paranormal#ixzz7ROWsROuV

 

Read more at:Digital Journal

The Watseka Wonder Possession


The Watseka Wonder Possession, by Temperance Dawn 8 March 2022


We’ve all heard tales of spiritual possession. Most of the time, the stories we hear are of malicious, demonic entities hell-bent on controlling the living. Frightening and ghastly visions come to mind when we think of them. But what if some spirits are only looking for a way to communicate. In the form of a living person, a vessel to help them find closure to a life cut short? Or, to help bring peace to their own family, whose grief is so deep, they’ve taken to rituals to communicate with the other side? So was the story in the historical, haunting case of the Watseka Wonder.

The Watseka Wonder is credited as the first well-documented case of possession in the United States. It has inspired a movie, and it was so profound that the physician, Dr. E. Winchester Stevens, who witnessed the phenomenon first hand, wrote a book documenting the case.

To understand this mysterious story, we must first visit the heartland of America, Watseka, Illinois. Here, an ominous-looking home stands. Built, in 1868, the long, narrow, arched windows and brick exterior give this Victorian, Italianate style home a Gothic mood. Known today as the Roff House, it was constructed by Asa Roff, a prominent member of the Watseka community in the mid-eighteen hundreds, and has remained a mystery in the paranormal world since the Roff’s occupied it.
Source: Read More At Paranormal Daily News

The Exorcist: The true story behind the movie…

In what is perhaps one of the most remarkable experiences of its kind in recent religious history, a 14-year-old Mount Rainier boy has been freed by a Catholic priest of possession by the devil, Catholic sources reported yesterday.
Only after between 20 and 30 performances of the ancient ritual of exorcism, here and in St. Louis, was the devil finally cast out of the boy, it was said.

In all except the last of these, the boy broke into a violent tantrum of screaming, cursing and voicing of Latin phrases-a language he had never studied-whenever the priest reached the climactic point of the ritual, “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, I cast thee (the devil) out.”

In complete devotion to his task, the priest stayed with the boy over a period of two months, during which he said he personally witnessed such manifestations as the bed in which the boy was sleeping suddenly moving across the room.

A Washington Protestant minister had previously reported personally witnessing similar manifestations, including one in which the pallet on which the sleeping boy lay slid slowly across the floor until the boy’s head bumped against a bed, awakening him.

In another instance, reported by the Protestant minister, a heavy armchair in which the boy was sitting with his knees drawn under his chin tilted slowly to one side and fell over, throwing the boy on the floor.

The final rite of exorcism in which the devil was cast from the boy took place in May, it was reported …

A priest here voiced the belief that it was probably the first casting out of the devil through the ritual in at least a century of Catholic activities here and perhaps in the entire history of the church in this area. …[1]

The preceding is an excerpt from a 1949 article published in the Washington Post.  It is said that  William Peter Blatty, who was attending Georgetown University learned of this event and of course we know that years later Blatty wrote the novel that was adapted to be one of the most famous horror films of all time, one that remains today a cult classic.

“The Exorcist” — both the movie and the 1971 novel it’s based on — was written by William Peter Blatty, who first heard about the demonic possession of a 14-year-old boy around 1949, while he was a senior at Georgetown University. Eugene Gallagher, one of his professors and a priest at the Jesuit college, told Blatty, a New York native, about the extraordinary story of the boy who was believed to be in the throes of demonic possession, but had been saved through a series of exorcisms.[2]

Over the years the true identity of the boy has been a highly guarded secret, designed to protect his privacy.  Countless news articles and historical treatises have been written using the pseudonym  Roland or in some cases Robbie Doe.

Photo of someone using Ouija

Hunkeler’s mother thought the strange occurrences were related to the death of an aunt who taught the boy how to use a Ouija board to communicate with spirits. USA Today Network/Sipa USA

It seems that “Robbie” survived the exorcism and grew up to become an engineer and worked at NASA for forty years.  While at NASA he patented a special technology to make space shuttle panels resistant to extreme heat, helping the Apollo missions of the 1960s that put US astronauts on the moon in 1969. [2]

Researchers and would be sleuths managed to track down those with some degree of knowledge about the case and deduced “Robbie’s” true identity.

While exploring the story  for his podcast, The Devil in the Details–JD Sword explains in an article published in the Skeptical Enquirer [3] — found that folks such as investigative journalist Mark Opsasnick, blogger Mike Madonna, and Dr. Sergio A. Rueda had already thoroughly researched the case and cast doubt on many of its claims, as well as having deduced the real identity of Roland Doe.

Sword tell us that Opsasnick spoke to Mt. Rainier resident Dean Landolt, who stated he was “very good friends with Father Hughes, the priest involved in the case. … Father Hughes told me two things: one was that the boy lived in Cottage City, and the other is that he went on to graduate from Gonzaga High and turned out fine.

Opsasnick was able to obtain a list of names of male students that graduated on that year from Gonzaga then he narrowed the list down to only one student who lived in Cottage City and had been born on June 1, 1935: Ronald E. Hunkeler

In his 1999 Strange magazine article, Opsasnick chose not to reveal Ronald’s identity, “for a number of legal reasons” as he explained to me. However, knowing the address made it possible to deduce Ronald’s identity. As author Kyle T. Cobb explained to me, “TW Scott confirmed the address without naming the boy. The address confirmed the last name and parents. The school annuals and interviews with classmates verified the timeline and identity.” In addition, since the publication of the article in Strange, more than just the full twenty-nine-page diary of Father Bishop had become public knowledge. In his book Diabolical Possession and the Case behind the Exorcist, Sergio Rueda interviewed Rev. Schulze on July 25, 1990, and asked him, “Was the name of the family, the Hunkeler family?” to which Schulze replied, “Yes” (Rueda 2018).[3]

Finally we read in the NY Post:

Hunkeler’s female companion confirmed to The Post that he died last year, a month shy of his 86th birthday, after suffering a stroke at his home in Marriottsville, Md., a suburb northwest of Baltimore. He was cremated, she said.

Blatty’s book “The Exorcist” sold more than 13 million copies in the US alone, and the film earned him an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1974. It was the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Universal Studios recently announced that it is planning a rebooted trilogy of the film, with Ellen Burstyn reprising her original role as the mother of the possessed teen, beginning in 2023.[2]

As in many of these cases, those who were not eye witnesses to paranormal events and who want to believe that possession and the Devil himself are naught but figments of our imagination, go out of their way to dismiss and discredit the stories told by those who personally were present and observed phenomena that they could not offer a rational explanation for.  Even I have seen things that I try to find a rational explanation that fit for that which I have experienced.  We would all–even those of us in the ministry–love to say that the devil is just a myth, but that would put us in the position of being culpable, aiding and abetting  in Satan’s grand deception.

May the Peace of the Lord be with Mr. Hunkeler.

 

[1]Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip By Bill Brinkley Post Reporter Friday, Aug. 20, 1949, Washington Post Archives;https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/features/dcmovies/exorcism1949.htm

[2] https://nypost.com/2021/12/20/is-the-exorcist-a-true-story-what-happened-to-ronald-hunkeler/

[3]Demoniac: Who Is Roland Doe, the Boy Who Inspired The Exorcist?
by JD Sword From: Volume 45, No. 6 November/December 2021 https://skepticalinquirer.org/2021/10/demoniac-who-is-roland-doe-the-boy-who-inspired-the-exorcist/

Daily Mail UK: 9 Hour Exorcism for 28 Year Old Woman

Excerpted from:  ‘Possessed’ woman, 28, undergoes nine-hour exorcism to rid her of ‘the devil’ after she attacked Italian priest during confession and started speaking Latin in three different voices, By KATE DENNETT FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 04:58 EST, 8 December 2021 | Dailymail.com.UK


  • A ‘possessed’ woman, 28, underwent a nine-hour exorcism on Sunday in Italy
  • She attacked a priest amid confession at the Church of St Mary of Mount Berico 
  • Witnesses reportedly said the woman began to scream and speak in other voices
  • Four friars intervened and a exorcism took place until 8.30pm, when she fainted 

A ‘possessed’ woman underwent a nine-hour exorcism after she attacked an Italian priest during confession and started speaking in different voices and languages.

The 28-year-old woman was accompanied by her family members to the Church of Saint Mary of Mount Berico in Vicenza, northern Italy, at around 11am on Sunday for confession.

But witnesses said the unnamed woman began to scream and swear inside the basilica, and spoke in different voices and languages, including Latin, Corriere del Veneto reported.
The exorcism did not finish until 8.30pm when the woman collapsed and was taken home by her parents and younger brother, local media reported.

Was Brian Laundrie a sociopath? Experts decode his ‘demonic’ artworks

‘He knew how to play with the cops, he knew how to be charming,’ a psychologist remarked about Brian Laundrie

From: Was Brian Laundrie a sociopath? Experts decode his ‘demonic’ artworks, By Sayantani Nath, Oct 25, 2021 | MEAWW 


Days after Brian Laundrie’s death was confirmed, a psychological expert from New York has analyzed his bizarre and “demonic” artworks, and compared his nature to that of a sociopath. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr Orna Guralnik told The Sun that “Sociopaths will act on violent images.” She was speaking in the context of the numerous pieces of ‘violent’ artworks made by Laundrie himself or saved by him on his Pinterest board. Many of these drawings and sketches feature blood, knives, violence, or demonic symbols.

[…]

Laundrie’s Instagram page features his artworks inspired by pop culture characters like Hellboy, Fight Club, Rick & Morty, Watchmen and Hotline Miami, among others. However, his Pinterest board offers a deeper insight into his psyche as it is filled with pictures of Wiccan symbols, pagan rituals, and violent imagery.

As a matter of fact, a shocking sketch of a bruised, bloodied woman lying on the ground has been spotted by internet sleuths. Many have likened the same with Gabby Petito and wondered whether her murder was pre-planned by Laundrie. Many expressed their shock at the drawing, while one user asked, “Is that how you left Gabby?”

Lay students scramble to exorcism course | ANSA

From: Lay students scramble to exorcism course | ANSA


Half of students on pontifical university’s books aren’t priests

(ANSA) – ROME, OCT 25 – Lay students are scrambling to join an exorcism course at a pontifical university in Rome which is reopening in person after the COVID emergency.
“Around half the hundred or so students to the in-person course and the 37 who will follow it online are lay persons,” course coordinator Father Luis Ramirez told a press conference.
The highly popular course, titled Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation, is being given by the Sacerdos Institute of the Regina Apostolorum University. (ANSA).

The exorcism courses returned to Rome after the pandemic and there were record registrations | Market Research Telecast

Excerpted from: The exorcism courses returned to Rome after the pandemic and there were record registrations | Market Research Telecast


After a year in which they were suspended due to the pandemic, this week the face-to-face courses on exorcisms and prayer of liberation from the Pontifical Athenaeum, the University of the Legionaries of Christ in Rome.

The workshop, which has been held for 15 years, began on Monday the 25th and will last until Saturday the 30th. 137 priests and lay people participate together with religious of other Christian confessions.

There was a record of registrations: each participant must pay 400 euros, plus 300 for any necessary Italian translations, in English and Spanish. There will also be lessons on the historical origin of exorcism and the criteria to identify the action of the Evil One and the symbolisms in the magic-occult rites.

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Strange Things Left Him Convinced He Had a ‘Ghost’ — but as Chaos Intensified, He Believes a Far More Sinister Reality Was Unveiled | Faithwire

Excerpted from: Strange Things Left Him Convinced He Had a ‘Ghost’ — but as Chaos Intensified, He Believes a Far More Sinister Reality Was Unveiled  By Billy Hallowell | Faithwire, 27 October 2021


“[It] was like living with the invisible man.” That’s how Bob Cranmer, a successful politician and businessman, describes the almost unbelievable events that purportedly unfolded for years inside of his home.

Pandemonium truly began in 1988 when Cranmer and his family moved into their dream house. Even before moving in, though, he told “The Playing With Fire Podcast” that there were some strange signs something wasn’t quite right.

In fact, Cranmer, who also documents his story in the book “The Demon of Brownsville Road,” and his family experienced something peculiar on the day they toured the home before purchasing it.

“My wife noticed that our young son was not with us … my wife and … the woman of the house set off upstairs to find him,” Cranmer said. “He was on the staircase … standing there trembling.”

Cranmer said the homeowner’s immediate response was, “Oh, honey, did you see something?” It was a strange question that caught his wife off guard and served as a “red flag,” as they wondered what the woman meant.

On another occasion, while negotiating the home’s purchase, Cranmer recalled asking the owner if there was anything wrong with the property and the owner purportedly said, “Oh, no, no, no. … in fact, we’ve had mass in the living room twice.”

It was another response that Cranmer filed under the “odd” category. But the family pushed these minor concerns to the side and proceeded to buy the large Victorian home.

[…]

“They began to experience … knocking on doors and things moving and scratching on the doors,’ he said. “Many times, I’d wake up in the morning and all three boys would be in bed with me.”

Cranmer described what he and his family came to believe was a demonic entity as “malevolent” and “evil” and said it psychologically impacted the family. And once it “unmasked itself for what it was,” things worsened.

[…]

“[There were] a lot of strange physical disturbances, smells, [an] appearance of this dried liquid dripping down the walls all over the house,” he said. “It looked like dry blood.
Read this report in its entirety at Faithwire