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.

 

 

 

 

Daily Mail UK: 9 Hour Exorcism for 28 Year Old Woman

Excerpted from:  ‘Possessed’ woman, 28, undergoes nine-hour exorcism to rid her of ‘the devil’ after she attacked Italian priest during confession and started speaking Latin in three different voices, By KATE DENNETT FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 04:58 EST, 8 December 2021 | Dailymail.com.UK


  • A ‘possessed’ woman, 28, underwent a nine-hour exorcism on Sunday in Italy
  • She attacked a priest amid confession at the Church of St Mary of Mount Berico 
  • Witnesses reportedly said the woman began to scream and speak in other voices
  • Four friars intervened and a exorcism took place until 8.30pm, when she fainted 

A ‘possessed’ woman underwent a nine-hour exorcism after she attacked an Italian priest during confession and started speaking in different voices and languages.

The 28-year-old woman was accompanied by her family members to the Church of Saint Mary of Mount Berico in Vicenza, northern Italy, at around 11am on Sunday for confession.

But witnesses said the unnamed woman began to scream and swear inside the basilica, and spoke in different voices and languages, including Latin, Corriere del Veneto reported.
The exorcism did not finish until 8.30pm when the woman collapsed and was taken home by her parents and younger brother, local media reported.

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.

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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

Advice From Exorcists on How to Strengthen Your Spiritual Immune System | National Catholic Register

by Patti Armstrong, October 13, 2020, National Catholic Register


Can you be harmed by a curse placed on you? The answer could depend on whether you are in a state of grace, according to Father Theophilus (not his real name), an exorcist in the Mountain West who spoke with the Register about the importance of spiritual protection. Without grace, according to him, a person is largely defenseless against any sort of spell.

He shared a story of a man suffering from a fortuna. A fortuna in voodoo witchcraft is a spell to give someone good fortune.

“A woman infatuated with a man can ask for a love curse to be put on him so that he will become infatuated with her,” Father Theophilus explained. The man who came to Father Theophilus for help was suffering from a sudden obsession with a woman at work. “The woman received the cursed stuff and made a cake out of it, brought it to him on his birthday, he ate it, and he was suddenly obsessed with thoughts of adultery with her. The man had never found the co-worker attractive and had not even noticed her before. It started on his birthday, after she had brought him some cake. He loved his wife but had suddenly become obsessed with that woman.”

Father Theophilus helped the man by working with him to develop a strong prayer life and get back to church and the sacraments to avail himself of God’s grace.

“In the state of grace, we have spiritual immunity,” he said. He also recommended sacramentals such as holy water and blessed objects that move us towards grace. “There are so many curses that bounce off you because your Catholic immune system is strong,” Father Theophilus said. “This man was not strong; he had nothing to check the curse at the door.” Father Theophilus said that with lives focused on God, we can be confident of his protection.

Who is at Risk?

Anyone not in a state of grace is at risk. A dramatic example is a curse placed on a Gary, Indiana, woman that drew international attention several years ago when bizarre supernatural occurrences plagued her family — some of it witnessed and documented by people in the medical and law enforcement community. It began after an ex-boyfriend put a curse on her.

The culture’s move away from faith and church, with a parallel move into the occult, is a dangerous combination, creating a spiritual vulnerability for those not in a relationship with God. Pagans, the leading group being Wiccans, now outnumber Presbyterians and have been fueled by celebrity practitioners. For instance, Tom Brady made public last year that his wife engages in witchcraft on his behalf.

Although some branches of Wicca claim they do not cast harmful spells, “harmful” is a relative word. Consider that witches around the country called for a hex to be placed on President Trump in 2017 and another call went out in 2018 to place a curse on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In both cases, there was a huge prayer response to counteract the evil that witches considered good. This is not to say that occult practitioners can control the world with their spells, but it points to the existence of supernatural spiritual warfare.
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Historic Exorcism

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Historic exorcism – April 11, 2020

During Holy Week, Abp. Viganò called on Catholic bishops and priests to join him on the Great Saturday at 3pm and to pray together with him the exorcism of Pope Leo XIII. This Pope had a vision: “In the place where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety…” The image of the terrible desecration of St. Peter’s Basilica by the pagan Pachamama idol emerges in our minds. The pandemic and the fact that Catholics have been deprived of Holy Mass and the Sacraments are viewed by many as a punishment not only for this defilement but also for heresies and apostasy deep in the heart of the Church.
The Great Saturday is the day when we remember Our Lord Jesus Christ as He descended into Hades to free the souls of the Fathers from Satan’s chains. Abp. Viganò warned of the extraordinary seriousness of the current situation not only because of the pandemic but mainly because of the tragic apostasy within the Church.
There is no human solution. In this most critical situation, Abp. Viganò pointed out the focus of infection, and that is the devil himself and his angels occupying the heart of the Church. He therefore called for collective exorcism.
The bishops and priests of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate (BCP) do not name Bergoglio (invalid Pope Francis) in the Divine Liturgy and are not in unity with him. The Exorcism against Satan and the Apostate Angels – demons – was recited at the appointed time in the seven monasteries of the Patriarchate.
A short testimony from one of the monasteries: Exorcism and songs of praise which followed it lasted an hour. It was not a mere recitation of the Latin text. We often stopped and repeated an authoritative statement of God’s power several times. Then there was a pause, and we cried out to God in the power of the Spirit, that His omnipotence, through the word spoken, bound the power of the devil so that the Church would again become the salt and the light to the world rather than a false light leading to perdition.
The one whom Jesus gave us from the cross as our mother, saying, “Behold, your mother!” was our great help and protection in this spiritual struggle. Together with her we stood against Satan and his fallen angels, demons.
After exorcism, the question arose: Did it make a significant breakthrough in the Church? It definitely did! However, this does not mean that it will be immediately visible in the external world. The breakthrough was made in the spiritual world, starting at 3pm on April 11, 2020.
Good Friday at Calvary marked a historic turning point – the devil was defeated! Nevertheless, the work of salvation will only be completed by Christ’s final victory at His Second Coming at the end of history. Meanwhile, we are going through the time of test and trials, being influenced by original sin – spiritual poison and deceived by the world and the devil. But if we follow Jesus, who is the way, we are conquerors with Him. If we stray from this way and enter upon the path of heresies and apostasy – the path of Bergoglio’s antichurch – the devil prevails.
What was the point of that exorcism? Satan was not yet definitively bound; this will only happen at the end of the ages. This exorcism was a spiritual breakthrough, when the Spirit of God entered into the core of the Church occupied by Satan, and spiritual revival begins. How God will accomplish it in the external world and how long this process will last is a secret for the time being, but it is no secret that this breakthrough has already been made. Now it depends on each bishop, each priest and each common believer what spirit they will cooperate with, whether with the Spirit of Christ or with the spirit of Bergoglio and his Pachamama.
We can see an analogy in Vatican Council II. It also made a hidden spiritual breakthrough, but in a negative sense. That breakthrough did not manifest itself immediately; it is only now that we reap its fruits.
The exorcism was performed by several bishops and priests, but the revival process requires participation of every sincere Catholic, be it by prayer or repentance.

(submitted by) + Timothy
Secretary Bishop of the BCP
vkpatriarhat.org, uogcc.org.ua,
April 11, 2020

Catholics join up with other denominations to battle Satan – Independent.ie


Source: Catholics join up with other denominations to battle Satan | Nick Squires | Independent.ie May 9 2019


It sounds like the start of a joke – a Catholic, a Lutheran and a Protestant walk into a room to talk about the devil – but a conference on exorcisms this week in Rome will be no laughing matter.

For the first time, representatives of the main Christian faiths will come together to trade tips on casting out demons and combating the malign influence of Satan.

The meeting will be the culmination of a week-long training course for exorcists which began on Monday at a Vatican-affiliated university, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum.

The dark art of performing exorcisms may seem archaic, even absurd, to non-believers, but the Catholic Church insists that the presence of the devil is growing all the time, due to the increasing secularisation of society, loss of faith in God and the easy access provided by the internet to black magic and the occult.

The meeting will bring together clergy from the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox and Pentecostal churches.”

This is the first time that different denominations have come together to compare their experiences on exorcisms,” said Pedro Barrajon, a Spanish priest and professor of theology who is one of the meeting’s organisers.”

The idea is to… establish best practices, if you will. The Catholic Church is most associated with exorcisms because of films like ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Rite’, but we are not the only church that performs them. Expelling the devil goes back to the earliest origins of the Christian church.”

When it comes to battling Beelzebub, there are key differences of approach between the denominations.”

The Catholic rite is very structured, whereas some of the other churches are more creative,” said Fr Barrajon (61), who claims to have witnessed several exorcisms

.Benjamin McEntire, a Protestant priest from Alaska, was one of the 240 clergy from five continents attending the conference.”I’m here to understand the Catholic perspective. We are fighting the same enemy in the name of the Lord,” he said.

Atheists and agnostics may scoff at the idea of people being possessed by demons, but the Catholic organisers of the conference insist the phenomenon is real.

Continue reading the remainder of this important article at: Catholics join up with other denominations to battle Satan – Independent.ie

Catholic Diocese of Charleston reports rising number of exorcism requests


Father Marreddy Allam

Excerpted from: Catholic Diocese of Charleston reports rising number of exorcism requests |By Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr.| postandcourier.com


Father Marreddy Allam, who serves as an exorcist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, is fielding more requests each year from persons asking the church to help free them from demonic possession. When Allam arrived to South Carolina in 2013, he received 10 requests for exorcisms. By 2018, that jumped to about 45.

This correlates with national reports that the Catholic Church is seeing more clients who want exorcisms. Some dioceses field more than 1,000 requests each year.

The annual uptick is catching the Charleston diocese’s attention — so much so that the diocese held a general training on exorcisms for clergy a few years ago, and named two other clergy members in the diocese as official exorcists.

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Exorcisms Surge in Concert with Social Decomposition


Excerpted from: Exorcisms Surge in Concert with Social Decomposition By Bill Donohue | November 21, 2018 | CNSNEWS.COM


The Christmas season has just begun, and so has the need for spiritual peace. By any measure, the number of troubled Americans, saddled with personal problems, is staggering. Some are so desperate as to seek ways to purge themselves of demons.

Take the case of Gary Dale Mort. This Muncie, Indiana man recently kicked his wife out of their house and set it on fire. He was shot by police after he flashed what turned out to be a pellet gun; he was not seriously injured. Last year, he slammed his car into Continue reading

People seeking exorcisms rising dramatically: report


Demand for exorcisms in the Catholic Church are on the rise amid a resurgence of interest in occult practice in the United States.

Excerpted from: People seeking exorcisms rising dramatically
By Brandon Showalter
The Christian Post, 24 November 2018


Among the general public, a growing number of Americans believe that demonic possession is real, according to recent data from YouGov and Gallup polling on the subject. Gallup surveys indicate that from 1990 to 2007, the portion of Americans who believed as such grew from 55 to 70 percent.

Father Vincent Lampert, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, told the Atlantic that he has received 1,700 phone or email requests for exorcisms this year, by far the most he’s ever received in a single year.

Likewise, Father Gary Thomas, who is a Rome-trained exorcist, received “at least a dozen requests a week.”

“Several other priests reported that without support from church staff and volunteers, their exorcism ministries would quickly swallow up their entire weekly schedules,” the Atlantic reported.

The Roman Catholic Church has been training new exorcists in a few cities in the U.S. and other countries. While no official statistics exist, there were only 15 officially trained exorcists in 2011, according to Thomas, who now says there are over 100 today. Continue reading at the Christian Post