Catholic Diocese of Charleston reports rising number of exorcism requests


Father Marreddy Allam

Excerpted from: Catholic Diocese of Charleston reports rising number of exorcism requests |By Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr.| postandcourier.com


Father Marreddy Allam, who serves as an exorcist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, is fielding more requests each year from persons asking the church to help free them from demonic possession. When Allam arrived to South Carolina in 2013, he received 10 requests for exorcisms. By 2018, that jumped to about 45.

This correlates with national reports that the Catholic Church is seeing more clients who want exorcisms. Some dioceses field more than 1,000 requests each year.

The annual uptick is catching the Charleston diocese’s attention — so much so that the diocese held a general training on exorcisms for clergy a few years ago, and named two other clergy members in the diocese as official exorcists.

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American’s Requesting Exorcisms Continues to Rise – Beliefnet News


Excerpted from: American’s Requesting Exorcisms Continues to Rise; by Megan Bailey, Beliefnet News


Over the past 10 years in the United States, the number of official priest exorcists has more than quadrupled from 12 to 50.

For many of these priests, such as Father Gary Thomas who trained in Rome, it is an ongoing struggle to keep up with the demand.

Father Thomas, along with Father Vincent Lampert, discuessed with The Telegraph how the increase in drug and pornography addiction, failure of the mental healthcare system and a rise in popularity of “pagan activities”, such as using a Ouija board to summon the dead, are among the factors contributing to the huge increase in demand for exorcisms.

An expanding spiritual void in the lives of Americans, and the diminishing authority of the Church, are to blame as well, they stated.

Continue reading at Belief Net

Exorcisms Surge in Concert with Social Decomposition


Excerpted from: Exorcisms Surge in Concert with Social Decomposition By Bill Donohue | November 21, 2018 | CNSNEWS.COM


The Christmas season has just begun, and so has the need for spiritual peace. By any measure, the number of troubled Americans, saddled with personal problems, is staggering. Some are so desperate as to seek ways to purge themselves of demons.

Take the case of Gary Dale Mort. This Muncie, Indiana man recently kicked his wife out of their house and set it on fire. He was shot by police after he flashed what turned out to be a pellet gun; he was not seriously injured. Last year, he slammed his car into Continue reading

People seeking exorcisms rising dramatically: report


Demand for exorcisms in the Catholic Church are on the rise amid a resurgence of interest in occult practice in the United States.

Excerpted from: People seeking exorcisms rising dramatically
By Brandon Showalter
The Christian Post, 24 November 2018


Among the general public, a growing number of Americans believe that demonic possession is real, according to recent data from YouGov and Gallup polling on the subject. Gallup surveys indicate that from 1990 to 2007, the portion of Americans who believed as such grew from 55 to 70 percent.

Father Vincent Lampert, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, told the Atlantic that he has received 1,700 phone or email requests for exorcisms this year, by far the most he’s ever received in a single year.

Likewise, Father Gary Thomas, who is a Rome-trained exorcist, received “at least a dozen requests a week.”

“Several other priests reported that without support from church staff and volunteers, their exorcism ministries would quickly swallow up their entire weekly schedules,” the Atlantic reported.

The Roman Catholic Church has been training new exorcists in a few cities in the U.S. and other countries. While no official statistics exist, there were only 15 officially trained exorcists in 2011, according to Thomas, who now says there are over 100 today. Continue reading at the Christian Post

The Lutheran Approach to Exorcism


Lutherans are rediscovering their tradition of casting out demons.

Excerpted from: The Lutheran Approach to Exorcism
by Gene Veith
NOVEMBER 20, 2018 | Patheos.com


In my blog post A Lutheran Take on Exorcism and the Demonic, I discussed the work of Dr. Robert Bennett, who has written two books on the subject and who has experience with exorcising demons.  We heard from him at the Rural and Small Town Ministries conference I attended and I wanted to pass on to you what I learned.

In the real-life case that inspired the book and movie The Exorcist, the family of the child who seemed to be possessed by the devil first consulted a Lutheran pastor, who was flummoxed by the levitating furniture, ominous noises, and other weird phenomena he was witnessing, recommended that the Continue reading

Interesting Development

Perhaps those of you that have signed up to receive notification of new posts so as to  follow this blog, have been wondering why the number of posts have decreased in recent months.  Actually there are three reasons, [1] of course there is my time to spend working on this blog; as a Bishop I do have other ministerial obligations and [2] as an Independent Bishop who is in essence a volunteer I do have other responsibilities and duties more secular and domestic.  The third reason is that while Google search tools may turn up a dozen “hits” every day using search criteria such as Exorcism, Demonic, Possession, etcetera, most of these “leads” have little to do with the subject of this blog.

Keep in mind that Exorcism is considered a very integral part of the Christian religion; one part of The Great Commission given by Christ in some of the versions of the synoptic Gospels.  In the various churches that practice Catholicism, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and the Independent churches often characterized as Old Catholic but seldom in communion with the Old Catholic Bishops of Utrecht; Exorcism is a sacramental rite performed only by a Priest authorized by a Bishop, a prayer ritual casting the entity out of the victim by the authority of Christ.  In Protestant churches that observe this part of the Great Commission is is a prayer service that can be performed by any born again Christian.

In Christianity the victim is never to be restrained involuntarily by the minister or assistants, nor is he or she to be physically abused in any manner; this is something–physical abuse–we do see in other religious belief systems.  While I will not name this other systems here, I have read news reports of victims of possession being abused by the person conducting the exorcism attempting to violently beat the demon out of the victim, washing the demon out, starving the demon, etcetera; all of these extreme measures often resulting in death by concussion, drowning, starvation, or other cause of death.  Admittedly some uninformed or unexperienced Christians historically have made these same mistakes, but the news media is full or reports each day of someone killing a person known to them while attempting to exorcise a demon from a hapless victim.

I choose not to report these events as most are not portrayal of real exorcism, but most are usually reports of someone suffering from psychological or medical conditions, or just an otherwise innocent person victimized by another human.

Other search engine findings usually involve novels, screen plays, video games, sports teams even late model automobiles that include Demon in their names or subject matter.  Which in any of THESE events, the reports are not material or subject matter relevant to the discussions of this blog.

I have been bloging about the media reports surrounding the life of the late Father Gabriele Amorth, the Roman Catholic Priest that reportedly performed thousands of Exorcisms during his career.  While a recently released documentary about Fr. Amorth filmed by William Friedkin–the director of The Exorcist–is said to amaze skeptics and scientists alike, Screen Gems apparently has acquired the rights to the bulk of the journals and records of Amorth’s career.

 

Screen Gems has acquired the exclusive life rights of legendary Italian priest Father Gabriele Amorth.

Source: Screen Gems Plans Exorcism Franchise – Dark Horizons

Screen Gems has acquired the exclusive life rights of legendary Italian priest Father Gabriele Amorth. Amorth, who died in 2016, performed thousands of exorcisms for the Vatican and left behind a trove of detailed accounts of his exploits.

The deal also includes rights to his two international bestselling memoirs “An Exorcist Tells His Stor”y and “An Exorcist: More Stories”. The plan is to use the material to create a franchise, similar to the way the Ed & Lorraine Warren’s accounts of their work became “The Conjuring” film series.

Michael Patrick Kaczmarek will produce while Jeff Katz is writing the script based on his treatment. Amorth was recently the subject of a documentary by filmmaker William Friedkin.

Whether this is a good thing or not remains to be seen of course.  It is hard for me to believe that the material will not be greatly enhanced for dramatic effect, possibly making the seriousness of Fr. Amorths work look less than admirable.

Demand For Exorcisms On The Rise, Says One American Priest Who Conducts Them | Here & Now

The official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis says the ritual isn’t performed the way you might have seen in the movies.

Source: Demand For Exorcisms On The Rise, Says One American Priest Who Conducts Them | Here & Now | 20 April 2018 |WBUR.ORG


Demand for exorcisms is on the rise. But one practitioner says they’re not performed the way you might have seen in the movies. Continue reading