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Chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth says Devil is in the Vatican

Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican”, according to the Holy See’s chief exorcist.

Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as “cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon”.

13 comments to Chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth says Devil is in the Vatican

  • Joaquin

    but hope can be thin when facing ideas from the dark ages

  • Chickadee

    he was speaking metaphorically.

    Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil was “pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me.”

    He said it sometimes took six or seven of his assistants to to hold down a possessed person. Those possessed often yelled and screamed and spat out nails or pieces of glass, which he kept in a bag. “Anything can come out of their mouths – finger-length pieces of iron, but also rose petals.”

    70 thousand screaming spinning heads at the Vatican all piling up on poor Father Whazzizname. Holy smokes. Is it any wonder we’re all going to Hell in a handbasket? (Well, Catholics anyhow.)

    I’ve gotta get me a python. Why? Well….

    ‘Archaeologists have discovered what seems to be remains of the world’s earliest religious worship site in the remote Ngamiland region of Botswana. Here, our ancestors performed advanced rituals, worshiping the python some 70,000 years ago. The sensational discovery strengthens Africa’s position as the cradle of modern man. … Quote from AFROL.com.

    Hopefully magic pythons don’t vomit rose petals. That’s would be like… er… just weird.

  • Chickadee

    Wow. Glass and pieces of iron and other unnamed stuff all vomited by the possessed and carefully saved in a bag by Father Amorth ? Apparently the Vatican hasn’t yet discovered EBay.

    Which proves something.

    I think.

    Also, since we’re on the subject…. well, since I’m on the subject… I wonder if WalMart, for instance, has a corporate exorcist.

    Or Haliburton.

    Maybe the United Nations needs one.

    But I digress….

  • graham

    so it’s possible for a python to vomit rose petals.

    but you already knew everything is possible.

  • Chickadee

    According to the last sentence in the Times “Father Amorth” article “He is the president of honour of the Association of Exorcists”.

    They have an association????

    I want to join. The AGMs must be spectacular!


    “”If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?” – Will Rogers (1879-1935)


  • Chickadee

    To answer my own question, here’s the website of the American Association of Exorcists

    Becoming a Member.
    Anyone can be a member of the American Association of Exorcists. There are two memberships in the AAE:
    Active Membership in the AAE is open to all exorcism/deliverance ministers and specialists. Annual dues are $5.00 in U.S. currency.
    Supportive Membership in the AAE is available to those interested parties not actively involved in exorcism and deliverance practice. Annual dues are $5.00 in U.S. currency.
    Members residing outside the U.S., please add $5.00 U.S. currency to annual dues above.

    I don’t know why it should cost an extra 5 bux for Canadian exorcists, etc. Sounds like the debil be setting fees.

    Never mind. If you balk at shelling out the extra amount, it turns out there’s also The International Association of Exorcists At least they have a Newsletter, which sounds pretty kewl in a head spinning sort of way.

    Turns out they’re on a roll, at least according to this report.

    In an article that appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, Sept. 1, 2000, we are told that the first meeting of The International Association of Exorcists in 1993 saw six participants. But at the 2000 meeting there were more than 200 exorcists and their assistants from around the world. One American exorcist said: “There is a growing demand and we don’t have the manpower to meet it.”

  • Raja

    New York Times, By Laurie Goodstein, November 12

    The rite of exorcism, rendered gory by Hollywood and ridiculed by many modern believers, has largely fallen out of favor in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

    There are only a handful of priests in the country trained as exorcists, but they say they are overwhelmed with requests from people who fear they are possessed by the Devil.

    Now, American bishops are holding a conference on Friday and Saturday to prepare more priests and bishops to respond to the demand. The purpose is not necessarily to revive the practice, the organizers say, but to help Catholic clergy members learn how to distinguish who really needs an exorcism from who really needs a psychiatrist, or perhaps some pastoral care.

    “Not everyone who thinks they need an exorcism actually does need one,” said Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., who organized the conference. “It’s only used in those cases where the Devil is involved in an extraordinary sort of way in terms of actually being in possession of the person.

    “But it’s rare, it’s extraordinary, so the use of exorcism is also rare and extraordinary,” he said. “But we have to be prepared.”

    [...]

    “It’s a strategy for saying: ‘We are not the Federal Reserve, and we are not the World Council of Churches. We deal with angels and demons.’ ”

    [...]

    There is plenty of cynicism among American Catholics — even among priests — about exorcism. Mr. Baglio noted that there are hucksters who prey on vulnerable believers, causing them physical or spiritual harm. As a result, he thought it was helpful that the church is making an effort to train more priests to perform the rite legitimately.

    [...]

    Some of the classic signs of possession by a demon, Bishop Paprocki said, include speaking in a language the person has never learned; extraordinary shows of strength; a sudden aversion to spiritual things like holy water or the name of God; and severe sleeplessness, lack of appetite and cutting, scratching and biting the skin.

    A person who claims to be possessed must be evaluated by doctors to rule out a mental or physical illness, according to Vatican guidelines issued in 1999, which superseded the previous guidelines, issued in 1614.

    [...]

    But he said that there could eventually be a rising demand for exorcism because of the influx of Hispanic and African Catholics to the United States. People from those cultures, he said, are more attuned to the experience of the supernatural.

    Well, I’ve learned my thing for the day…


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • graham

    who had extraordinary strength and spoke in a guttural voice. The real person surfaced at times and asked for help. I’ve seen many people with psychotic illness and they never ‘snap’ in and out of the episode.

    It was the scariest thing I have ever encountered.

    The renegade African Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Moonie fame, after being told he was a “clown” and a “sorcerer” by the Italian Cardinal Silvio Oddi, replied: “You only have to get yourself exorcised to avoid spending eternity next to Satan.”

  • Raja

    As an example, someone with dissociative identity disorder may find themselves doing things they wouldn’t normally do such as speeding, reckless driving, or stealing money from their employer or friend, yet they feel they are being compelled to do it. Some describe this feeling as being a passenger in their body rather than the driver. In other words, they truly believe they have no choice.

    Of course, opinions vary from that of the majority:

    In response to your question, possession of any kind is considered a psychological issue by the majority of mental health professionals. Individuals who believe they are possessed by demons/spirits/aliens/technology are often encountered in psychiatry. In each case, the basic symptoms of the illness and sense of possession are the same. Given the same symptoms of paranoia and feelings of external control, some view it as demon possession, some feel they are controlled by orbiting satellites, and still others feel they are being controlled by microchips placed in their brain during a dental procedure. Each person interprets their symptoms through their own belief system, culture, and level of social sophistication.

    to minority positions:

    This article addresses the validity of viewing demonic possession as a phenomenon distinct from any other form of pathology. It does so by briefly examining the historical relationship of demon possession and other forms of illness; reviewing some of the psychological research into the phenomena of possession; and then presenting a description of possession derived from a study of fourteen possessed individuals.
    The article concludes that possessions do exist as a phenomena independent of the current commonly accepted forms of psychopathology. A diagnostic description of possession is then presented to enable a greater ability to differentiate cases of possession from the present categories of the DSM-III.

    Some would revive demon possession as a cause of addiction:

    Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2010 – Los Angeles, California. Understanding, the true nature of addiction, and the 12-step program not-being as effective, as many believe it to be, is why Triumph House Press author, John E. Johnson set out to pen a book, BASED ON A TRUE STORY, on the hidden and disbelieved powers of addiction, as being demonic,; and the 12-step deceptive presentation, of a higher power and spirituality.

    Within the pages of this eye-opening new title, Alcoholism, Wrongly Diagnosed, The Real Reason Why Its So Hard To Break The Cycle of Alcoholism & Drug Addiction, and How to Win, With God’s Help, ($15.95, 254pg. paperback, ISBN 978-0-61541-074-6), Author John Johnson, RAS, CSC, will show the reader, the demonic powers of addiction, and how to overcome them, without ever having to attend a single 12-step meeting. Readers will learn the proper and effective way to approach God to defeat these powers of addiction. The book is also designed to help family members of addicts to avoid becoming consumed by the addict’s addiction, by providing them with life sustaining suggestions, in turn, engendering hope.

    Some say there’s an epidemic!

    It’s called spirit possession. “The Exorcist” movie was an exaggeration of the phenomenon, and a depossession by a priest is only one way to deal with it. It’s also known as spirit attachment and demonic possession. It happens when lost (disembodied) souls and, or dark energy interfere with or even take control of someone.

    It often occurs after the abuse of drugs or alcohol (because these substances weaken your energy field), it can occur during abuse, and some people who are highly sensitive (e.g., Britney Spears, in our opinion), are more susceptible to it than others. Even a poor diet or high levels of stress can cause sensitive people to be more of a target. Those with addictions are almost always affected by it.

    Finally, we have the phenomenon of The Haunting in Connecticut – which would give just about anyone bad dreams.


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    Michael Brea, bit-part ‘Ugly Betty’ actor, says, ‘I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon insider her’

    NY Daily News, By Matthew Lysiak, November 26

    An unhinged actor Thursday calmly described hacking his beloved mother to death with a sword because he believed a demon had taken hold of her soul.

    “I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her,” Michael Brea said in a chilling hourlong interview with the Daily News in the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital.

    When told his mother, Yannick Brea, 55, had died in the grisly assault early Tuesday, Michael was unrepentant.

    “So be it. It was the work of God,” he said.

    [...]

    Brea said he is convinced he did the right thing.

    “Grand Architect of the Universe means God,” he said, referring to an expression neighbors said he shouted as he was being removed from the bloody scene. “I was praising God. To you it might sound silly, but in my culture demons are very real.”


    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • Raja

    For most people it is a way of toning the limbs and soothing the stresses of everyday life, but the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist says yoga is evil.

    The Telegraph, By Nick Squires, November 25

    Rome – Father Gabriele Amorth, who for years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist and claims to have cleansed hundreds of people of evil spirits, said yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.

    Reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books is no less dangerous, said the 86-year-old priest, who is the honorary president for life of the International Association of Exorcists, which he founded in 1990, and whose favourite film is the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

    The Harry Potter books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, “seem innocuous” but in fact encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry, Father Amorth said.

    “Practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he told a film festival in Umbria this week, where he was invited to introduce The Rite, a film about exorcism starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest.

    “In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses,” said the priest, who in 1986 was appointed the chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome.

    “Satan is always hidden and what he most wants is for us not to believe in his existence. He studies every one of us and our tendencies towards good and evil, and then he offers temptations.” Science was incapable of explaining evil, said Father Amorth, who has written two books on his experiences as an exorcist. “It’s not worth a jot.

    The scientist simply explores what God has already created.” His views may seem extreme, but in fact reflect previous warnings by Pope Benedict XVI, when as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s enforcer of doctrinal orthodoxy.

    In 1999, six years before he succeeded John Paul II as Pope, he issued a document which warned Roman Catholics of the dangers of yoga, Zen, transcendental meditation and other ‘eastern’ practises.

    They could “degenerate into a cult of the body” that debases Christian prayer, the document said.

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