Exorcism: The Perfect Gift for the Rebellious Teen

Exorcism Course Continues at Vatican

from The Associated Press

ROME - A Vatican-recognized university is offering a course in exorcism and demonic possession for a second year, concerned about the devil's lure — particularly among young Italians.

Standing in solemn prayer, around 120 priests, lay people and theology students began the course that is intended to clear up misconceptions and understand what makes people turn to the occult.

The opening class of the "Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation" on Thursday at the Pontifical Academy Regina Apostolorum featured lectures about liturgical and spiritual aspects of Satanism and problems related to exorcism.

"The aim of this course is to express a clear vision of the phenomenon," said Italian Bishop Andrea Gemma, a leading exorcist who delivered the opening lecture. "Exorcism...is an important prayer of the church to help those who believe to be, or who really are suffering from a diabolic infestation."

Exorcism, the Roman Catholic rite in which demons are expelled from "possessed" persons, is usually administered by priests with the permission of a bishop.

"Devil's action is much more common than people may think," Gemma said, adding that he performs at least four exorcisms a week. He also said that youngsters were particularly at risk.

A former papal aide, the late Cardinal Jacques Martin, wrote in his memoirs that Pope John Paul II performed the exorcism rite in 1982, on an Italian woman who was screaming and writhing.

The Rev. Gabriele Nanni, an exorcist and lecturer of the course, told The Associated Press that there are four widely accepted signs of possession, such as "speaking in unknown languages, showing a disproportionate physical strength beyond one's natural capacity, the repulsion to sacred things such as crucifix and prayers, and knowledge of events that have happened far away, in terms of times and places." Some of the signs were depicted in the 1973 movie, The Exorcist.

Students received a paper detailing a 10-point guide to recognize and prevent interest in the occult. It included a suggestion to parents to monitor whether their children were wearing strange pendants or T-shirts, if they listen to loud music on their home stereos, or watch too many horror movies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, and if you still bes inhabited after your 23rd birthday no one gives a shit about you anymore. nobody cares about rescuing anyone whats been inhabited for 25 years. they haven't got the fucking guts to touch you at that point.

June 18, 2008 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow holy crap it already commented here??? LOL@!!!!!

March 02, 2009 8:45 AM  

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