The insights of an exorcist priestThe insights of an exorcist priest

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS gives us a rare look at Church investigations of the supernatural — By FR JOHN BOLLAN

Excerpted from The Scottish Catholic Observer 

Last week I received a phone call asking, ‘Are you still the exorcist?’ I was a little thrown off by the question, but not perhaps as much as you might imagine. What threw me off was the out-of-the-blue nature of the query: fans of Star Wars will recognise my reaction if I say I had a ‘Ben Kenobi moment,’ as the character originally played by Alec Guinness gets called by a name he hasn’t heard for ages.
For indeed I was the exorcist, but Continue reading

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Is It Mental Illness or Demonic Oppression?

by BECKY DVORAK Charisma Magazine

Karen writes and asks, “How do you know if a person has an evil spirit or if they are biologically ill or, in the case of a Christian, walking in the flesh rather than the Spirit?” Karen, this is a great question, and an important one for us to understand.

Now, when you are referring to someone having an evil spirit I think we need to clarify what Continue reading

Real Life Exorcisms performed by Sicilian Priest

‘I am talking to you, Satan’: Real life EXORCISMS and group purgings are performed by Sicily’s notorious priest in chilling documentary footage
By Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline | UPDATED: 7 September 2017

An 80-year-old priest in Sicily has become the region’s most in-demand exorcist by ‘freeing’ people from possession in group purging sessions at weekly masses.
Franciscan Father Cataldo Migliazzo is able to perform exorcisms on several people at a time at his church in Palermo.
The priest was featured in an Italian documentary last year titled Deliver Us (Liberami), which will open in cinemas next month.
At the start of a special service used for purgings, he tells Continue reading

Nicaraguan Minister Arrested After Woman Dies Following Alleged Fiery Exorcism Effort

[From the Editor of St. Michaels Journal: the readers of this blog surely have by now noticed that we seldom if ever post links to news reports of Exorcisms gone horribly wrong, likewise we seldom report stories that appear to be more–shall we say–sensational as it is not our position to cheapen the Rite of Exorcism.  At this juncture, after reading numerous reports over the years of horrible examples of this ancient rite going bad, I feel compelled to remind everyone that regardless of if it is a Catholic Priest or a Protestant minister performing the Exorcism, diligence must be taken to ensure that the victim is not harmed further by the exorcism or those involved.  This is a very serious rite of the church and only those trained by an experienced exorcist should perform the rite and no one else should undertake this potentially dangerous experience.

Nicaraguan Minister Arrested After Woman Dies Following Alleged Fiery Exorcism EffortBy Heather Clark from Christian news dot net

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — A Nicaraguan minister was arrested this past week after a woman died following an exorcism attempt that resulted in burns on more than 80 percent of her body.
Juan Gregorio Rocha Romero, 23, claims that Vilma Trujillo Garcia, 25, threw herself in the fire during the exorcism, but the woman’s husband asserts that it was Romero and others who stripped her naked and rolled her over into the flames. read the rest of this story at christiannews.net

How can you tell if someone is demon-possessed?

Rome, Italy, Nov 10, 2016  from Info-Europa.com

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. Father Cipriano de Meo, who has been an exorcist since 1952, told CNA’s Italian agency ACI Stampa that typically, a person is not possessed but is Continue reading

Catholic Church has specially trained priests to carry out exorcisms and banish demons

BY DAVID MAHER for the Mirror UK
The Catholic Church has specially-trained priests who are ready to perform EXORCISMS.

The Catholic clergy in Ireland has a number of demon-fighting clerics ready to cast out evil spirits who possess people.

They have carried out actual exorcisms in the past – though incidences are rare, the Irish Mirror reports .

A Church statement said: ”Church law requires that Continue reading

Witnessing Father Amorth: “The Vatican Exorcist” at Work and the Pathology Otherwise Known as Possession

by WILLIAM FRIEDKIN for Vanity Fair
Sunday morning, May 1 of this year, was Father Amorth’s 91st birthday, but he had no plans to celebrate. He awoke just after dawn, said his usual morning prayers and one to Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th-century saint, and another to the late Father Candido Amantini, his mentor. Clutching a walking aid, he shuffled from his cell-like room to the dining room on the third floor of the Paulist Fathers residence, south of Rome’s historic center.

After his usual breakfast of caffè latte and biscotti, Father Amorth returned to his room, which had Continue reading