The Lutheran Approach to Exorcism


Lutherans are rediscovering their tradition of casting out demons.

Excerpted from: The Lutheran Approach to Exorcism
by Gene Veith
NOVEMBER 20, 2018 | Patheos.com


In my blog post A Lutheran Take on Exorcism and the Demonic, I discussed the work of Dr. Robert Bennett, who has written two books on the subject and who has experience with exorcising demons.  We heard from him at the Rural and Small Town Ministries conference I attended and I wanted to pass on to you what I learned.

In the real-life case that inspired the book and movie The Exorcist, the family of the child who seemed to be possessed by the devil first consulted a Lutheran pastor, who was flummoxed by the levitating furniture, ominous noises, and other weird phenomena he was witnessing, recommended that the Continue reading

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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

How Exorcisms Work


EXORCISTS AND DEMONS CLASH IN A
SUPERNATURAL SHOWDOWN FOR THE FATE OF SOULS

Excerpted from: How Exorcisms Work,
byJoshua Gill |28 October 2018| The Daily Caller


  • While exorcism may seem like the stuff of Halloween horror movies, Christian ministers say battling the demonic is reality.
  • Cases of alleged demonic possession occur to this day, attested to not only by priests but medical professionals as well.
  • The demand for exorcism has spiked in Western countries in recent years, sparking calls for more education on the subject and for the training of more exorcists.

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Major Christian denominations in the U.S., Ireland, and the U.K. have noted a “demonic crisis” in which the need for exorcisms has exceeded the number of available ministers to provide that service. Christian ministers attribute that surge in reported demonic activity to everything from the Continue reading

Exorcism by cellphone: Beating the devil in the 21st century

Excerpted from: Exorcism by cellphone: Beating the devil in the 21st century by Philip Pullella APRIL 16, 2018 | Reuters.com


  • Participants, many of them priests, will attend lectures and talks on a range of topics including witchcraft in Africa, how to tell the difference between demonic possession and mental illness, and a step-by-step guide to casting out demons.
  • Cardinal Ernest Simoni of Albania drew strong interest in the first session by citing the use of cellphones in exorcisms.

“They call me and we speak and that’s how I do it,” the 89-year-old Simoni told Reuters after his address, explaining how he would read the prayers of exorcism in Latin over the phone just as he would if performing the lengthy rite in person.

Read the rest of this article at Reuters

Easy access to black magic and Satanism via Internet increases exorcism demand

Easy access to black magic and Satanism via the Internet has led to an increase in demand for exorcisms, delegates at an annual course on exorcism at the Vatican have heard.

Excerpted from: Easy access to black magic and Satanism via Internet increases exorcism demand 17 April 2018 | by Megan Cornwell , Rose Gamble | The Tablet


More than 250 people from 50 countries arrived in Rome on Monday to attend a week-long course “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation” at the Catholic Continue reading

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