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Exorcisms are on the rise. Here are some things you didn’t know about exorcism and demonic posession

Exorcists are needed more than ever as more people experiment with atheism and sin. This is the warning from two of America’s most in-demand exorcists.

Two American priests and trained exorcists, Fr. Gary Thomas, and Fr. Vincent Lampert, are warning that they can hardly keep up with demand.

In the past decade, according to a report in The Telegraph, the number of exorcists in the US has gone from 12 to 50.

Exorcists are specially trained priests who have the power and authority to cast out demons from people. Demonic possession is real and there are countless documented cases. However, most Americans fail to realize that the number of possessions is on the rise.

This rise of possessions is fueled by things like pornography, drugs, and the failure of the mental healthcare system in the United States. Many people are experimenting with paganism and atheism.

Evil is real. Demonic possession is real. It is not always what is the matter, but it does happen and when it does a trained exorcist is required to cast out the demon.

The Rite of Exorcism is shrouded in secrecy. In the past, qualified priests were kept anonymous to prevent people from harassing them or bombarding them with requests. Today, they are so busy they cannot remain anonymous. The internet now lists these qualified personnel.

Nobody knows how many exorcisms are being performed, but Fathers Thomas and Lampert say they can barely keep up with demand. Popular occult practices appear to open the doorway to many possessions, resulting in rising demand.

Many cases that people fear are possession are merely mental illnesses manifesting themselves in a way that frightens family and caregivers. In such cases, medical or psychological intervention is needed. However, in some cases the possession is quite real. This is where it becomes scary for many people.

The priests blame addictive behavior such as pornography viewing and drugs as causes behind the rise of evil.

In addition to full possession, there is also something known as “demonic attachment.” Such people can go about unnoticed but the demon makes them sick or show some other sign when they are near a holy place.

There is also demonic oppression which causes people to feel chronically drained of energy and depressed. However, the cause is spiritual, not mental.

Full demonic possession is uncommon. According to Fr. Lampert, only 1 in about 5,000 cases involves full demonic possession. In these cases, an entire “tribe” of demons may possess a person.

The priests do not merely assess and treat these cases on their own. They are actually backed by a team of doctors and psychologists who will also evaluate the person in question. This helps ensure that people in need of mental health attention receive it. And those with a genuine case of possession or attachment get the care they need as well. A good exorcist is also a skeptic and will take their time to discern the cause. Demonic possession is always the last, final option after psychological problems and other causes are ruled out. Only then can an exorcism be performed.

This caution causes some people to become upset, but the process takes time and the priests do not want a person to go without the help they need, which sometimes is mental health care.

Although all the exorcists are Catholic priests, about half of the demand for exorcisms comes from non-Catholics, Fr. Lampert explained.

The goal of a demon, Fr. Thomas told The Telegraph is to take a person’s soul to hell. They often influence people to commit suicide.

People who are concerned they could be experience a case of demonic possession, attachment or oppression should contact their bishop to obtain the help they need.

By Marshall Connolly



  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Really? In 2016, with all we know about the brain and its ability to fool its owner, this about “exorcism?” Please give me one scientifically verified exorcism, and, no, please do not point to any church-related source. Thanks.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “Demonic possession is real.” Would the author be so kind as to quote a scientific source to support this ridiculous assertion?

  3. yo bog Reply

    What a riot!!! Tom Rafferty!! you’re a true hoot!!! Exorcisms are exclusively a Catholic Religion thing!!!! scientific??? that is sooo naive!!! Science was created by God!!! The spirit world has nothing to do with the natural world!!! You actually think science is going to prove spiritual things? What I can tell you is that since you don’t believe in the devil, he’ll surely introduce itself to you when you get to hell!!!!! You’re a hoot!!!

    1. Tom Rafferty Reply

      Thanks for not answering my request for EVIDENCE regarding exorcism. BTW, god didn’t create science, man created god. Peace.

    2. Patrick Gannon Reply

      And there’s the expected threat of damnation. Christians just can’t wait to tell you how you are going to go to Hell to visit with the devil if you don’t believe what they believe. We live here 70 or 80 years give or take, but Yahweh/Jesus is going to sentence us to billions and trillions of eternal years of excruciating torment simply for not believing what Yo Bog and other Christians believe. That is the most disproportionate punishment anyone could conceive of and it is the epitome of evil. Your notion of god is evil if he actually exists and actually does this, and it would be better to burn in moral superiority to such a monster than bow to such a vicious overlord. If there was a devil, I would side with him to overthrow such an evil god. No wonder the mythical Satan bailed out of heaven. He couldn’t stand to be around such an evil god. Count up how many people in the bible Satan kills and compare it with how many Yahweh murders. I’m sure you don’t know this, but there were early groups of Christians who understood that Yahweh was evil and who supposed that Jesus role was to save us from him in a celestial battle in the firmament.

      Catholicism is a religion of shame, guilt and fear, and to indoctrinate children in such things is psychological child abuse that some people have described as being worse than the sex abuse they suffered at the hands of depraved Catholic clergy. I deeply resent my childhood indoctrination, and never experienced such joy in my life as when I threw off that blanket of oppression.
      But Yo Bog, how about giving poor Tom some help. Which of the four Hells is he going to? You do know that there are four Hell’s in the bible, right? The Church translated four very different words (Sheol, Gehenna, Hades, Tartarus) to the pagan word “Hel.” In which of these four Hells, will Tom (and myself) meet the devil?

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