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.

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Demand for exorcisms is up, so Vatican is holding conference

Excerpted from: Demand for exorcisms is up, so Vatican is holding conference

By:, USA TODAY Published 2:12 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2018


The Vatican hopes to step up its game against demon possessions with a week-long conference to address a threefold increase in demand or exorcists.

The church is particularly alarmed over the uneven skills of some of its current exorcists and worried about priests who are no longer willing to learn the techniques.

… Friar Beningo Palilla, told Vatican Radio there are some 500,000 cases requiring exorcism in Italy each year.

While many of the cases are not actually related to demonic possession, but to spiritual or psychological problems, he conceded, they nonetheless must be investigated.

“We priests, very often, do not know how to deal with the concrete cases presented to us: in the preparation for the priesthood, we do not talk about these things,” he said.

Palilla is particularly concerned about some do-it-yourselfers within the priesthood.

“A self-taught exorcist certainly meets errors,” he said. “I will say more: it would also take a period of apprenticeship, as happens for many professionals.”

Read this in its entirety at: Demand for exorcisms is up, so Vatican is holding conference

Irish priest asks for back-up as demand for exorcisms rises ‘exponentially’

An Irish priest and exorcist is asking the country’s bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic activity in the country.

Source: Irish priest asks for back-up as demand for exorcisms rises ‘exponentially’ Dublin, Ireland, Jan 24, 2018 Catholic News Agency


An Irish priest and exorcist is asking the country’s bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic activity in the Continue reading

The Exorcist’s William Friedkin to Release Exorcism Documentary in April 

The director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, has made a doc about the Vatican’s most famed exorcist with The Devil & Father Amorth.

Source: The Exorcist’s William Friedkin to Release Exorcism Documentary in April by David Crow 1-18-2018


William Friedkin holds the distinction of directing the first major—and by far the still scariest—exorcism movie ever made. Continue reading

All of society is subject to a demonic deception


London exorcist: “All of society is subject to a demonic deception”

Combating the devil isn’t a practice reserved for exceptional cases, says exorcist Father Jeremy Davies. It’s an on-going struggle in which every soul is engaged.

October 31, 2017 K. V. Turley | Excerpted from Catholic World Report


Father Jeremy Davies has been an exorcist for many decades. At one time he was London’s only exorcist. In 1987, Cardinal Basil Hume, then archbishop of Westminster, asked Father Davies to become the diocesan exorcist. Father Davies accepted, although he admitted that he had only limited knowledge of the work previously. No doubt he was helped in Continue reading

The rise of ‘freelance’ exorcists in France


Rising demand for exorcisms is fueling an industry of freelancers who claim they can dispel evil spirits – for a fee.

By Salvatore Valeri and Koldo Bika | 31 October 2017 | Excerpted from The BBC


Demand for exorcisms – the rite of expelling evil spirits – is on the
rise in some European countries, with France leading the pack,
according to the Economist. This demand has sparked a rash of
‘freelance exorcists’: people outside the clergy who will charge 900
euros ($1,060) or more to rid clients of evil and break spells.

There are no official statistics on exorcisms in France. But the Continue reading

Is The Exorcist based on a true story? Real-life tale of Roland Doe’s possession that’s more terrifying than the film and TV show

by Jo-Anne Rowney 21 October 2017 | Excerpted from The Mirror UK

As The Exorcist returns to the small screen we look at the terrifying true tale behind the story and how close it is to the movie


The cult film The Exorcist terrified the world more than 40 years ago, but the 1973 movie about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, held more truth than we realised.

It is a story that has gone on to inspire films and TV shows alike – the latest being Syfy’s The Exorcist, where two priests attempt to purge another girl of her demons 40 years after the events of the movie.

We have William Peter Blatty to thank for bringing the tale to the masses. In 1949, the author sat reading the Washington Post when he saw an article about a Maryland boy, named as Roland Doe to protect his identity.

The story grabbed his attention, so much so that he went on to write his novel, which in turn became the cult movie we all know and love.

But what actually happened to Roland Doe?

It all began with a 13-year-old boy, Continue reading