Exorcism in the Modern Catholic Church
Are exorcisms still preformed in the Catholic Church? You bet they are!
In Rome, the Vatican is preparing its first official English translation of the rite of exorcism, which was promulgated in 1614 and reissued in 1999. Its chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, claimed this month to have carried out 70,000 exorcisms.
Don’t let all the claims of today’s “higher theology”, or allusion to the subtle mystery of the trinity fool you. Today’s Catholic Church is just as superstitious. Father Amorth is not some lone crazy wandering the country side, he is fully employed by and endorsed by the church. This isn’t a euphemism for the grandeur of life, this if full scale belief in demons and magic rites.
“THE minor rite can be done by any priest and provides prayers of protection and assistance for people who fear they are being tempted by the devil. Prayers of minor exorcism are built in to the rite of baptism.
The major rite applies to cases of full demonic possession. The priest wears a purple stole, representing his role as a leader of the church. He carries holy water which he sprinkles over the victim during prayers. The crucifix is held aloft, representing the most potent symbol of Christ’s victory over evil. Prayers are either dedicative or indicative. During dedicative prayer, the exorcist asks God to drive out an evil spirit.
The indicative prayer directly commands the demon to leave: ”I command you evil spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, begone.””
Because a demon that can enter and control a human body is going to listen to a man in a dress, splashing special water, and holding magic talismans. Oh, wait, the magic talisman is held aloft … nah, it’s still silly.
Why are these exorcisms are being performed?
… generation Y risks a dangerous fascination with the occult fuelled by the Twilight and Harry Potter series.
That’s right, the Catholic Church is going up against what it sees as an equal enemy .. Harry Potter and Twilight. Fiction for fiction, I guess.