Catholicism and Exorcism – crime or life saving
A two part series.
Part one: The idea of demonic possession
“When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism.”
Whether or not you believe in God, throughout the history of man many have believed in possession of one form or another, in fact possession is one of the most widely held religious beliefs in world.
Some signs of a possible demonic possession include: speaking foreign or ancient languages of which the possessed has no prior knowledge; supernatural abilities and strength; knowledge of hidden or remote things which the possessed has no way of knowing; an aversion to anything holy; and profuse blasphemy and/or sacrilege, loss of appetite, levitation or moving objects without physically touching the object.
In Roman Catholicism, exorcism is sacramental but it is not a sacrament.
In some cultures it is believed that the dead through various different types of rituals depending on the culture, can and will take over the body and mind of an individual through the practice of channeling.
Most religions in fact, claim that the living can be possessed by demonic or evil spirits if you will, but the idea that all invading spirits are that of evil is mainly a Judeo-Christian belief, many other religions believe that not all possessions are malevolent in nature.
The Bible tells us of 6 instances of demonic possession where Jesus cast out the demons.
New age beliefs which are not to be confused with new religions, are old beliefs that are becoming more widely accepted, they teach disciples that death is only an illusion or a new beginning if you will and that this earthly life runs parallel with other lives and other worlds.
These beliefs also teach the followers that individuals can travel to these other parallel universes, past and future lives and can in fact become enlightened by different energies from different times and places.
Some beliefs teach disciples the art of accession which is being deep in a trance state where your energy or soul is able to travel outside of your living body and venture to other worlds, places, people or to the universe itself.
Some believe that listening to white noise or playing with an Ouija board can open a portal between the living and the dead and at times invite in evil spirits.
Whatever it is that you believe or do not believe, many people do believe in possession, good or bad and exorcisms are still performed to this day.
Often times the ritual is performed on individuals who are or have had a history of being emotionally or mentally disturbed, offering no scientific proof that an individual was truly possessed by anything.
The idea behind the exorcisms ability to work however is another story entirely.
Typically an exorcism is performed on someone who is deeply religious and it’s power to cure the individual or cast out the unwanted demon is solely based off of the power of belief.
In 2014, the Roman Catholic organization, International Association of Exorcists, received the approval of the Vatican.
The Vatican guidelines issued in 1999 state, “the person who claims to be possessed must be evaluated by doctors to rule out a mental or physical illness.” These days most Catholic officials regard genuine demonic possession as an extremely rare phenomenon that is easily confounded with natural mental disturbances.
It’s been said that seasoned exorcists use the Rituale Romanum as a starting point, not always following the prescribed formula exactly. Not all exorcisms are successful the first time and it could take days, weeks, or months of constant prayer and exorcisms.
If the exorcist stops the rite, then the demon will pursue him which is why the process of being finished is so essential. After the exorcism has been finished the person possessed feels feels reborn and freed of sin.
Some in the church have reported to multiple media outlets, ABC News, Breibart News, Ibtimes, The Telegraph and many more, that the requests for exorcisms are on the rise.
Recently in fact, the past three years or so, victims of exorcism have been left to rot and die in agony and pain, suffering severe mental anguish and trauma.
Next Week – Part 2:
What if the answer to some of the most bizarre behaviors of those that are seemingly possessed could be answered both scientifically and medically rather than through religion?
Cristal M Clark