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Deliver Us From Evil: The Business of Exorcism

Dan Shewan tells us how the distortion of a Catholic rite – exorcism – became a cottage industry, at Pacific Standard:

Angel remembers the precise moment he was possessed by demons.


It was 1999, and Angel was traveling on a bus from Mexico City to his home in the western-central Mexican state of Michoacán. During the journey, Angel sensed a presence aboard the bus. He could not see this darkness, but felt its approach as it stopped directly in front of him. A moment later, Angel felt a sharp, stabbing pain—“something like a stake pierced my chest,” he said later—before experiencing a sensation that felt like his ribs were slowly being spread open from inside his chest. Angel assumed it was a heart attack, and believed he would die on that hot, dusty bus.

He survived. His health, however, soon began to deteriorate.

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‘Witchcraft’ Child Abuse Cases on the Rise

Child abuse may be on the rise in the UK, but is it really related to witchcraft and exorcisms, as this BBC News report suggests:

Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.


The Metropolitan Police said there had been 60 crimes linked to faith in London so far this year. It saw reports double from 23 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.

Half of UK police forces do not record such cases and many local authorities are also unable to provide figures.
The NSPCC said authorities “need to ensure they are able to spot the signs of this particular brand of abuse”.

London is unique in having a police team, Project Violet, dedicated to this type of abuse.

Its figures relate to crime reports where officers have flagged a case as involving abuse linked to faith or belief. Many of the cases involve children…

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First Live TV Exorcism on Halloween Eve


Exorcisms have been shown on television before, but this Halloween Eve, Destination America will air the first ever live exorcism. Of a house. Unfortunately this isn’t quite as exciting as the exorcism of a person. It also doesn’t appear to be sanctioned by the Catholic Church, if that would legitimize the event for you.

Aptly named, Exorcism: Live!, will feature the team of Destination America’s Ghost Asylum as they travel to the house that inspired the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist. Along with psychic medium, Chip Coffey, the group will attempt to rid the evil spirits lurking in the St. Louis home which housed the exorcism of Roland Doe in 1949.

The exorcism of Roland Doe was the inspiration for William Peter Blatty’s book and the subsequent Hollywood film. The anonymous boy, identified only as Roland Doe in documents, was reportedly an only child who relied on adults for playmates.… Read the rest

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‘Pope Francis Effect’ Leads to Exorcism Boom

As those of you who’ve seen The Exorcist in the 21st Century (stream it now!) know, there aren’t too many exorcists around these days, but Pope Francis is certainly keeping them busy, per the Telegraph:

The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has also had a more unexpected consequence – a boom in the demand for exorcisms.


The Argentinian pontiff’s fire-and-brimstone language and frequent references to the Devil have helped propel belief in Beelzebub back into the mainstream of the Catholic Church, where once it was an embarrassment.

Dioceses in the UK, Italy, Spain and elsewhere have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people claiming to be possessed and have responded by training more priests in the dark arts of how to perform exorcisms.

A week-long exorcism conference, held this week at the Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum in Rome and endorsed by the Vatican, is being attended by around 160 Catholic priests from around the world, who insist that demonic possession is very real.

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Pope Francis Loves Exorcists

ExorcistExorcists are becoming more and more important in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and now Pope Francis is recognizing them reports Breitbart:

According to Pope Francis, priests devoted to the ministry of exorcism “manifest the Church’s love and acceptance of those who suffer because of the devil’s works.”

Francis wrote these words in a message addressed to Father Francesco Bamonte, the president of the International Association of Exorcists, which is holding a convention in Rome this week. Vatican Radio has reported that more than 300 exorcists from around the world have participated.

This was the first conference to be held by the International Association of Exorcists since the Vatican formally approved its statutes this past June 13.

Father Bamonte said that the approval of the organization was “cause for joy not only for the association, but for the whole Church” and said that “God calls some priests to this important ministry of exorcism and deliverance” to be able to “accompany the persons with humility, faith and charity.”


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Polish Priest Says He’s Receiving Text Messages From The Devil

Illustration of the Devil in the Codex Gigas, folio 270 recto

Illustration of the Devil in the Codex Gigas, folio 270 recto

I wish they would trace the number.

via The Austrian Times:

A Polish priest claims he has been getting hate texts – from a demon.

Parish priest Father Marian Rajchel from Jaroslaw, a town in south-eastern Poland, said he started getting the texts after carrying out an exorcism on a teenage girl.

But he said that the attempt to drive out the devil from the girl’s soul clearly failed, and that it was now using the teenager to attack him by using mobile phone messages.

He told local media: “The author of these texts is an evil spirit who has possessed her soul.”

He said that the devil and his followers were not shy about using modern technology but that in many cases their actions were not identified as being the work of evil.

He said: “Often the owners of mobile phones are not even aware that they are been used like this, however in this case it is clear.”

He said one of the text messages read: “She will not come out of this hell.

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Traditional Exorcists Lambast Skype Exorcisms As A Sham

scary computerIs a war brewing between old-guard exorcists and the new breed offering cheap and easy demonic removal over the internet? Vocativ writes:

“They just can’t be done that way,” says Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of the International Catholic Association of Exorcists. “If a person is fully possessed, the demon will not let them sit in front of the computer screen to be exorcised. They’re going to throw the computer screen across the room.”

Larson isn’t the first to champion the Skype exorcism. In 2010, famous Israeli Kabaalist Rabbi HaRav David Batzri attempted to exorcise a Brazilian man possessed by a “dybbuk,” a demon, over Skype.

The Internet-ization of exorcisms has made the ritual one that scam artists and “self-identified” exorcists have used to make fast cash. Websites such as ExorcismTraining.net offer online exorcisms to demon-ridden customers. Want to self-treat? They have a beginners’ training pack for $29.95 so you can teach yourself to exorcise in just four weeks.

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“Demon Assassin” Women Stabbed Two Toddlers To Death In Maryland Exorcism

demonA mixture of exorcism and insanity leads to a bone-chilling crime, the Washington Post reports:

The Montgomery County mother accused of stabbing her four young children during a bloody exorcism — killing two of them — believed that demonic spirits were jumping from one child to the next and that she had to keep attacking them, a Montgomery County prosecutor said in court Tuesday.

Avery and 21-year-old Monifa Sanford claimed to be part of a four-person group called the “Demon Assassins,” with Avery having the title of “commander” and Sanford “sergeant.”

During the stabbings, the women would later tell detectives, they saw the children’s eyes turn black and a black cloud over one of the children. At one point, they said, the spirits jumped inside of Sanford.

The hearings for each woman underscored how the case appears to be a jumble of belief in demonic possession laced with some level of mental illness.

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Rise of the Exorcists

ForteaSuitcaseAs documented in the disinformation film The Exorcist in the 21st Century, there’s more demand for exorcisms than ever. The Telegraph reports on the growing influence of exorcists in the Catholic Church:

Forty years after The Exorcist scared the wits out of cinema audiences around the world, the Roman Catholic Church is training up a new generation of priests to meet a growing demand for exorcisms.

Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil.

The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.

The increase in the number of priests being trained to tackle the phenomenon is also an effort by the Church to sideline unauthorised, self-proclaimed exorcists, and its tacit recognition that belief in Satan, once regarded by Catholic progressives as an embarrassment, is still very much alive.

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Bizarre Christian Exorcisms Cast Out Muslim Devils

Egypt-Exorcisms-072158269842Coptic priests taking the old school approach to mental illness? I wonder if Bob Larson has access to a Mercedes.

via Vocativ

Possessed Egyptian Muslims are turning to Coptic priests to expel their demons the old-fashioned way—through the power of Christ

It’s 6 p.m. in Cairo’s Garbage City slum, and hundreds of people have gathered outside St. Sama’an Cathedral for the evening service. The crowd, which has been building for hours, is waiting patiently for Father Sama’an Ibrahim, the famous Coptic priest and founder of the church. It’s Thursday, which as everyone in Garbage City knows, is exorcism night.

The majority of the people gathered in this packed courtyard are not actually Christian. They’re Muslims who have come in the hopes that Father Sama’an can expel their demons. Groups of women in hijabs huddle together in silence, and every 30 minutes or so, a minibus arrives bearing more pilgrims. As darkness approaches, you can feel the anticipation in the air.

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