Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course - Catholic News Service

Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives.

The annual course, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation," is designed for priests and lay persons interested in learning how to recognize a case of demonic possession when they see one – and what to do about it.

This year’s session will run from April 13-18 at Rome’s Regina Apostolorum University, and will feature interventions by a wide range of experts in the field of exorcism from priests – including practicing exorcists – medical professionals, psychologists, lawyers, and theologians. It’s sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy and organized by the Sacerdos Institute.

According to Breitbart News Network, one of the primary objectives of the course will be to help priests and lay people distinguish demonic possession from psychological or medical conditions.

The sessions will also examine a series of other related issues, including occult practices, Satanism, and nihilism among young people.

Pope Francis has frequently warned against thinking of the devil as merely “a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil."

“The devil exists and we must fight against him," the Pope said in an Oct. 30 homily, adding that the battle against temptation is not with small, trivial things, but with the principalities and ruling forces of this world, rooted in the devil and his followers.

In a separate homily, the pontiff stressed the importance of knowing how to discern the presence of evil in our lives.

Catholic experts have noted that occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level.

The International Association of Exorcists (AIE) met for their 12th annual conference in Rome last October. According to AIE spokesperson Dr. Valter Cascioli, an increasing number of bishops and cardinals asked to participate in the conference due to an increase in demonic activity.

“It’s becoming a pastoral emergency," Cascioli told CNA. “At the moment the number of disturbances of extraordinary demonic activity is on the rise."

The rise in demonic activity can be attributed to a decreasing faith among individuals, coupled with an increase in curiosity and participation in occult activity such as Ouija boards and seances, Cascioli said.


By Ann Schneible













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  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    What a waste of time and money on a nonexistent problem. SMH

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I have a very simple question. How does an immaterial force, be it god, soul or devil force, affect the particles in our natural world in such a way as to cause miracles or demonic possession, without being detected?
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    We have a very complete understanding of the particles (actually quantum fields) that make up our natural world, and we have explanations for all the possible actions of those particles. They have various “degrees of freedom” or “states” such as spin or electric charge. There is no “magic” state. For this immaterial force to exist would mean that everything we thought we ever knew about our natural world and the laws of physics are completely wrong. Quantum field theory tells us the chance that such a force exists is about the same chance that a pink, polka-dotted tyrannosaurus rex is going to manifest in your bedroom this evening at precisely 9:06 PM. Probably not gonna happen. QM tells us this is possible, but so unlikely that it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to live your life based on such an impossibly unlikely event.
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    We know that if one is to experience a miracle in our natural world or have our body taken over by some devil force, that this force will have to move and manipulate the particles in our world. These particles need to be dismantled and reassembled in different ways, whether that is needed to impact neurons and fire synapses or to manipulate body tissue to heal or spin a head around 180 degrees and barf green soup. This will require a force powerful enough to overcome the “strong nuclear force” that binds atoms together, and if there was a force outside of those we know about, we would have found it by now. We can detect particles so small (neutrinos) that trillions of them are flowing through you right now, so a force strong enough to tear up atoms is something we would have found. There are no actions of particles in our natural world that rely on some magical, as yet unknown explanation. There just isn’t. The Church looks like an idiot when it promotes this Dark Ages garbage to scientifically illiterate people, taking full advantage of their ignorance. If the Church was the least bit moral, it would feel some of the guilt and shame that it spreads to so many others.

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