BY MARIA PEREZ ON 9/22/17 Excerpted from Newsweek
She said the devil made her do it—and this week, a forensic psychiatrist basically agreed.
In a testimony this week, Dr. Phillip Resnick said that Elzbieta Plackowska, on trial for killing two children and two dogs, “had a psychotic belief that devils had entered [the children], and that by taking their lives she was allowing the children to enter heaven.”
Resnick added that Plackowska, who has pleaded not guilty Continue reading
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
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
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
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
by Mike Pelton for RTV6 The Indy Channel
INDIANAPOLIS — A Brownsburg priest says the number of people requesting exorcisms is at an all-time high.
Father Vincent Lampert is an exorcist priest based out of St. Malachy Parish. He was appointed to his role by bishops of the Catholic church. Continue reading
by Aaron Maxwell • ChurchMilitant.com • October 17, 2016
Calls for exorcism in Italy are sharply on the rise, with some church experts even calling the shortage of exorcists an “emergency.”
Father Vincenzo Taraborelli, the new Vatican head exorcist who replaced recently deceased Fr. Gabriele Amorth, says the request for exorcisms in Italy this year alone have exceeded 500,000, and there are not enough exorcists to fulfill the demand.
He commented, “There are only nine of us left and many more are needed. We need other priests like me to meet the needs of so many families.” Father Vincenzo he sees about 30 people a day.
Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, commented, Continue reading