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What The Church Teaches

July 22, 2011

Something for the ladies from this book The Rite:

“Because Of The Unique Role they play, exorcists are faced with a variety of moral and spiritual dilemmas that can open them up to potential attack by demonic forces. Perhaps the most obvious of these is sexual temptation. Exorcisms are highly charged encounters, often taking place in a small confined spaces that involve a lot of thrashing and moaning from the victim, who is almost always a woman. There are several theories for the preponderance of female victims: Women are more intuitive and in touch with their spiritual side; the Devil targets women specifically to use them to tempt men; or as Father Bamonte suggests, it may simply be because more women than men are willing to seek out an exorcist.” Page 78



From the book I bought yesterday; The Rite and this is what the book says about Opening the door to the demonic:

“Occult Ties: According to the Church, becoming involved in the occult is a form of idolatry that goes against the first commandment and is a common way to come into contact with the demonic. In his book Demonic Possession and Exorcism, Father Bamonte lists the following occult activites that can potentially open the door to possession: participating in a seance; frequenting a medium or magician (The Church makes no distinction between “white” or “black” magic); using an amulet or talisman, especially if it is received from a magician, transcendental meditation, the use of crystals, and other such New Age practices that stress “out of body” experiences; divination or the practice of automatic writing; practicing satanic rituals, especially signing a “blood pact” with a demon. The Bible is clear (and rather graphic) on the dangers involved in practicing magic and divination: “No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

The Catechism is also direct in its condemnation of the occult. “All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to ‘unveil’ the future. . .All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult power, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others-even if this were for the sake of restoring their health-are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion.” Page 59 and 60


Instead, when a demon is alleged to move an object (slam a door, or slide a chair across the room), the demon is acting on that object. Their being immaterial means that angels do not move from point A to B by any kind of locomotion, but instead suddeny shift their activity from one point or place to a different one. Some theologians have likened this movement to the human mind, which can instantly transfer thought over long distances or onto random objects.”

“INFESTATION: is the presence of demonic activity in a location or object, such as a “haunted house”.
The various kinds of phenomena that can occur in this situation are vast and include unexplained sounds or noises like mysterious footsteps, loud bangs, laughter, screams, the temperature of a room dropping or the feeling of a cold wind with no discernable source; objects disappearing suddenly and materializing in other parts of the house; strange presence felt; the presence of offensive odors; interuption of eletric current or the malfunction of electronic devices, pictures that mysteriously band or fall of the wall; doors and windows that open and close on their own; dishes or other objects levitating and flying about the room.” From the Chapter: KNOW YOUR ENEMY page 47.

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