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

Do you believe in the Devil? If not, he’s winning

BY RICARDO SALUDO ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 The Manila Times

Wendell Talibong has one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs on earth.
The fortysomething battles ruthless enemies impervious to any weapon made by man, whose sole goal is to enslave, corrupt, and destroy people, body, mind, heart and soul.
One time, while Talibong was hurrying to his home city of Ozamiz to succor an elderly woman under a repeat assault, the enemy thrashed his vehicle with a coconut tree trunk thrown like a projectile.
His teenage son suffered grave head injuries, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Miraculously, the boy revived, Continue reading

Exorcist director William Friedkin left completely terrified filming a real life exorcism for his new documentary

William Friedkin revealed the sacred rite is even more terrifying in reality after he filmed one as part of his latest documentary The Devil and Father Amorth

By Guy Birchall 4th September 2017, From The Sun UK

William Friedkin shot the the iconic horror flick back in 1973 but had never seen the genuine article until he embarked on his latest project.
In his documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth” the director follows the Vatican’s resident exorcist for the Diocese of Rome.

The movie was screened at the Venice Film Festival where the 82-year-old American director told of his experiences with the Catholic priest. Continue reading

US Exorcists: Demonic Activity on the Rise

A look at the growing need to battle the devil.

by Patti Armstrong for the National Catholic Register
INDIANAPOLIS — There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Although steps are being taken to increase the number of exorcists, demand is still outpacing supply.

Father Vincent Lampert has been an exorcist for the 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