Too Many Possessed People?

I have no doubt that those of you who follow this journal have noted an absence of reporting on the subjects these pages are dedicated to illuminate; demonic possession, oppression, and Exorcism. Those inclined to question why, might ask, “Why does the Bishop not publish more stories and articles about Exorcism and posssession? Surely there are reports of such what with all the evil present in the world!”

Of course the answer to this proposed question is, yes there is a huge demonic presence on the face of the Earth and there are reports of exorcisms and possession aplenty, but, finding credible reports and bringing them to your smart device—phone, tablet or computer—is difficult at best.

St Michael’s Journal is not an official clearing house or data base to which Priests and ministers file their reports of demonic encounters; not being affiliated in any way with the Roman Catholic Church means their Priests have no obligation or reason to cooperate in our mission. Therefore we rely on the media to publish reports relative to our mission, find those reports, and republish those that adequately portray Exorcism as a viable and needed ministry.

The mainstream media, on a good day, is fickle at best. The no longer report the news without bias or slant towards the message they want to disseminate; while at one time factual, unbiased reporting was the golden rule of journalism, today it seems, that nothing can be published that does not serve the progressive agenda. This agenda of the progressive cult is to eliminate anything perceived as religious in the traditional sense and to replace that spiritual need with the acceptance of stateism and scientism; the “worship” of the socialist state and the science related fields.

To achieve this agenda, the denial of the existence of God and the Devil must be portrayed as the cultural norm; a condition that all the “normal” people accept where those abnormal religionists embrace the superstitious and irrational beliefs of old. Exorcism—the liberation of the victim from Satan’s oppression—must be perceived as dangerous and harmful; a archaic religious rite that must be banned form modern society.

Again let me say that the media can be fickle at best; if a story is sensational and one sure to draw viewers thereby increasing ad revenue, they will run with it. Not too many years ago we had stories popping up nearly daily, reporting examples of demonic infestation, possession, and or exorcism. Media outlets were having a field day reporting such stories and then watching their readership (and ad revenues) increase. All was good with the media and these stories. Then the critics, the educated liberal that is absolutely convinced Satan does not exist, began to castigate the media for reporting on these events; such reporting glamorized the subject in the eyes of the average Joe. The progressive cult simply could not tolerate such disobedience, the subject of possession and Exorcism had to be portrayed in such a light that every rube would reject the possibility that evil is real and a force to be fought against.

There fore, all reports in the media—during the last few years regarding the subject—have been either horror stories of exorcisms gone wrong resulting in injury or even death, or curious stories portraying the ministers and those seeking the assistance of exorcists as deranged simpletons, victims of their own superstition.

Seemingly, the only media outlets that seem interested in publishing actual news about this subject, are those outlets with a reputation for the sensational and not always factual news; the tabloids.

Recently two such outlets—that are considered to be tabloid type publications, perhaps unfairly—ran similar stories reporting on the statements made by attendees at the Regina Apostolorum’s 16th annual exorcism course at the Vatican in Rome. Other outlets reported variations of the same story, that Roman Catholic Priests are complaining that there are too many possessed people to manage leaving them overwhelmed with the volume of exorcisms.

In many of these reports centering around the annual course, we read of Father Giuseppe Bernardi who told researchers of a nine-hour exorcism he took part in with a woman screaming abuse in Latin and assaulting monks. Experts speaking at the symposium said they were in need of psychologists to determine who was actually possessed and who needed mental evaluation and support. Father Bernadi—in the aforementioned case of the woman screaming in Latin—revealed that he sought the help of a psychologist to evaluate the woman, he said there was no support from the church to do so. One of the researchers at the meeting reported that some of the Priests said they were seeing 30 to 50 cases a day.

These cases mentioned in the preceding paragraph are in many ways not too far removed from the treatment format found in the relationship of a patient and his or her analyst in talk therapy. The client, presumably a “possessed” person, goes to the Priest/Exorcist, answers any questions the Exorcist might have, then the Priest says prayers over the client that are thought to provoke the spirits into leaving the client. Typically these events are more like a session with a mental health care professional and nothing like the scenes from a movie like The Exorcist. Events that are—admittedly—hardly news worthy.

The cases we read about in the main stream media, the horror stories that portray Exorcism in a negative light, are almost always perpetuated by those well meaning but misinformed individuals that do great harm to the person they are trying to help.

While oppression is epidemic, possession is extremely rare. In either case, Exorcism, should only be considered after all other avenues have been exhausted. Never ever should a victim be restrained unless in those rare occasions when the victim is combative and physically attacking those attempting to render aid and then only when properly trained medical professionals are monitoring. You cannot beat the devil out or wash him out of a victim, what good does it do to beat someone to death or drown them to accomplish an exorcism?

In conclusion, Saint Michael’s Journal will continue to report from time to time about cases of reported Exorcisms, but we will not knowingly report instances in which individuals acted wrongly or with malice, thereby harming the victim. It is our onion that in these extremes it is not the rite of Exorcism that harmed the victim but the inexperience or ignorance of the provider.

 

 

 

 

The exorcism courses returned to Rome after the pandemic and there were record registrations | Market Research Telecast

Excerpted from: The exorcism courses returned to Rome after the pandemic and there were record registrations | Market Research Telecast


After a year in which they were suspended due to the pandemic, this week the face-to-face courses on exorcisms and prayer of liberation from the Pontifical Athenaeum, the University of the Legionaries of Christ in Rome.

The workshop, which has been held for 15 years, began on Monday the 25th and will last until Saturday the 30th. 137 priests and lay people participate together with religious of other Christian confessions.

There was a record of registrations: each participant must pay 400 euros, plus 300 for any necessary Italian translations, in English and Spanish. There will also be lessons on the historical origin of exorcism and the criteria to identify the action of the Evil One and the symbolisms in the magic-occult rites.

Read more at MRT

Exorcist Diary: You Stupid Priest! – SpiritualDirection.com

Excerpted from: Exorcist Diary: You Stupid Priest! – BY MONSIGNOR STEPHEN ROSSETTI at SpiritualDirection.com

SPIRITUALDIRECTION- explores Catholic spiritual direction advice and how a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human being based on the wisdom’s of the Bible, Church and the saints and angels.


One thing an exorcist learns quickly is that demons HATE priests! Just this week during an intense session, the possessed person, in the midst of a demonic manifestation, looked at me with rage and disgust and said, “I hate the day she met you!”

A diagnostic moment often occurs when the person whom we are praying over looks at the priest with an evil and angry look and says, “You stupid priest!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, we could fund our ministry forever. It’s one of their most often repeated lines. And when we hear it, it confirms our diagnosis that the person is indeed possessed.

We believe that the priest is sacramentally configured to Christ. So, when the demons look at the priest, it is really the face of Christ they are seeing. This causes them unbelievable torment.

When the demons get particularly snarky and look at me with disgust, I will often say, “I command you that when you look at me, you will see the face of Christ.” This command wipes the snarky look off their faces and they cower in fear. Sometimes they start to whimper and cry. Demons are cowards and nothing in the presence of Jesus.

CONTINUE READING: Exorcist Diary: You Stupid Priest! – SpiritualDirection.com

Oregon-based exorcist says demonic possession cases ‘are getting darker’ – The Christian Post

Excerpted from: Oregon-based exorcist says demonic possession cases ‘are getting darker’ | By Michael Gryboski – The Christian Post


An exorcist based in Oregon and who belongs to a splinter Catholic group has stated that incidents of demonic possession are “getting darker” in recent years.

James Cloud, a former Anglican who is presently an Archbishop in the Advent Catholic Church, gave an interview with Emily Burris of the Portland-based KOIN 6 after reportedly performing an exorcism.

“If I hadn’t seen half the stuff I’ve seen in life, I wouldn’t believe it, either — until it actually happens,” said Cloud, who is also a licensed counselor, to KOIN in a story published last week.“

Throughout the scriptures, we see examples of angels interacting on Earth — devils and Satan himself interacting on Earth.”

Cloud explained to the local media outlet that he feared that too many churches gave a “very sanitized” approach to spiritual life that omitted possessions, with the exorcist claiming that he was kicked out of the Anglican Church for his focus on spiritual warfare.

Cloud also told KOIN that, as a mental health professional, he first looks for rational explanations for the problems that his patients are experiencing.

Continue reading this article at: Oregon-based exorcist says demonic possession cases ‘are getting darker’ – The Christian Post

Fr John Corrigan: Lessons learned from an exorcism course


EXCERPTED FROM: Fr John Corrigan: Lessons learned from an exorcism course, By Fr John Corrigan – June 13, 2019, The Catholic Weekly


If you read reports in secular media, you might conclude that the Vatican runs an annual “crash course” on exorcism which certifies 250 or so new exorcists each year.Having just returned from the so-called “Exorcism Course,” I can confirm it is nothing like that. Seven Aussies and two Kiwis attended this year’s course, and only one of us was an exorcist — an assignment he received some 40 years ago, quite independent of the Vatican course.

Most of the Australians present were priests like me, less than ten years ordained, who have recognised a deficiency in our priestly training. (In saying that, I don’t mean to criticise our seminary formation. It’s an impossible task, to condense the expanse Continue reading

Catholic Exorcisms Are Gaining Popularity in the U.S. – The Atlantic

Excerpted from: Catholic Exorcisms Are Gaining Popularity in the U.S. by MIKE MARIANI The Atlantic


The conviction that demons exist—and that they exist to harass, derange, and smite human beings—stretches back as far as religion itself. In ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonian priests performed exorcisms by casting wax figurines of demons into a fire. The Hindu Vedas, thought to have been written between 1500 and 500 b.c., refer to supernatural beings—known as asuras, but largely understood today as demons—that challenge the gods and sabotage human affairs. For the ancient Greeks, too, demonlike creatures lurked on the shadowy fringes of the human world.

But far from being confined to a past of Demiurges and evil eyes, belief in demonic possession is widespread in the United States today. Polls conducted in recent decades by Gallup and the data firm YouGov suggest that Continue reading

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 aren’t just hocus pocus


DID YOU KNOW EXORCISMS AREN’T JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS?

Excerpted From
:DID YOU KNOW EXORCISMS AREN’T JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS?,
Drexel News Blog, Drexel University,  By EMILY STORZ,
OCTOBER 30, 2018


Whether you are getting ready for a gory Halloween movie marathon, taking it to the streets to trick-or-treat – or priming your costume for a spooky soiree, remember, as we indulge in the spirit of make-believe and pretend, some scary traditions are based in reality — yikes! In fact, one of the scariest movies of all time, “The Exorcist,” involves the concept of exorcism, which according to Drexel history professor Jonathan Seitz, PhD, has a very real history and is Continue reading

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

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