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Sites dedicated to the occult and witchcraft are exposing young people to demonic influences, says Fr Gary Thomas

An American exorcist has blamed the internet for rising numbers of young people who say they are possessed by the Devil.

Websites dedicated to the occult, witchcraft, Tarot cards, psychics and séances were increasingly exposing young people to demonic influences, said Fr Gary Thomas.

The priest, whose story has just been made into a major Hollywood film starring Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, said that pornography and drug abuse were also “doorways" to harassment by evil spirits.

He said there were “no statistics" on how many people might be possessed but said there was a definite increase.

“What I can tell you is that there are more and more Catholics involved in idolatrous and pagan practices," he said. “That’s really why there’s more demonic activity. There’s the absence of God in the lives of a lot of people."

He added: “A lot of parents today have no critical eye of faith with which to even recognise the dangers their children are in. A lot of this is going on with the internet. There are lots and lots of demonic websites."

Speaking to the Catholic World Report magazine he continued: “A demon doesn’t show up. He has to be invited in … The involvement in pagan, satanic, or occult practices are the classical ways.

“Pornography is a doorway. But addictions of any kind can be – not are, but can be – a doorway, but it’s coupled with other things. For instance, drug use alone isn’t going to invite the demonic in, but coupled with the occult it could."

Fr Thomas, of San José diocese, California, is rapidly emerging as the most famous exorcist in America after the story of his ministry was turned into a film called The Rite, which will be released in Britain on February 25.

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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Prove the existence of the devil, and then we can worry about his demonic websites.

  2. thomraff Reply

    Please get out of your bubble. There is no evidence for a Devil or demons. Want proof? Please show me any valid information where an atheist was possessed.

  3. A Reply

    Keep asking for proof and I guarantee you will receive it.

  4. Clem Reply

    Lucifer does not need to possess an atheist they have already done his work for him by turning away from God in denying his existence.

    I’ve begun listening to the audiobook of Dr. Ebn Alexander, a neurosurgeon that believed science had proven there was no life after death, until he died and went to Heaven.

    The fallen angel achieved a victory when he began to convince believers that he, Lucifer, did not exist, his next goal is to create a society that does not believe in God either. God is Justice and Order, Lucifer’s goal is chaos and anarchy. The best way to achieve that is by creating a society that has no standard for right and wrong through progressivism because the standards for right and wrong are always changing according to an individual’s relative view of their environment.

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