Exorcism in the Roman Catholic tradition
In 1990, the International Association of Exorcists was established by six priests in Rome and the world’s most experienced exorcists Father Amorth and Father Davies. More than three decades after, the Vatican officially approved its statutes.
Pope John Paul II incident
In 2000, a 19 years old woman was agitated during an audience with Pope John Paul II. A Bishop tried to calm her with a crucifix and a medal of the Virgin Mary but failed. The Pope was told, and later met the woman, reported the Berean Call.
The Pope performed an exorcism and promised to offer mass for the following morning. However, the demon was unmoved and continued to possess the woman despite the papal effort, admitted Fr. Don Gabriel Amore, The Vatican’s chief exorcist.
Exorcism in the Philippines
In 2022, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) began the construction of the Saint Michael Center for Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism. The church acknowledges that the root cause of what appears as mental illnesses is rooted in demonic possession.
Fr. Jocis Syquia has almost 20 years of experience in exorcism. He is the head of the Commission on Extraordinary Phenomena for the Archdiocese of Manila and the Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism.
His office in Makati alone receives almost five cases every day of people alleged to be possessed, usually manifested in heavy depression or bitter anger.
He stressed that his experience with exorcism has been successful because of Jesus, who alone can expel demonic spirits.
Christian pastors command dark spirits to leave
During a youth retreat in 2000 organized by Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF), a demon manifested in a young woman attending it. She crawled, cussed, and her voice changed.
Organizers moved her to a room where CCF Senior Pastor Peter Tanchi performed the deliverance. There were no bendicion, crucifix, or special robes. He tapped her shoulder and commanded the demon to leave her body in the name of Jesus. It was over an hour.
Another Pastor, Paul Guimary, and Roderick Rodriguez from a different church encountered demonic possession in their years of ministry in the Philippines. They did the same and commanded the devils to leave in the name of Jesus.
According to Pastor Rodriguez, a possessed girl said that all she could see was darkness around her during the exorcism.
The people around her were a blur, and all she could see in and through them was “light.” She was afraid of it. But as she yielded to Christ, she began to feel peace, and the demons left.
Satan can duplicate exorcism
Rose, a witch associated herself with Jesus in doing an exorcism. She is a Wiccan and claims that demonic spirits are negative energies that come in many different forms. They have no understanding of the Christian God.
“Attempting to banish it with a Catholic Exorcism is quite simply a waste of everyone’s time,” particularly if the person afflicted is not a Christian.
As a High Priestess of Eclectic Witchcraft and a professional exorcist for 26 years, Rose has performed nearly 8,000 exorcisms worldwide.
Witchery is an abomination before God. Therefore, the authority Rose has does not come from Jesus.
The success of exorcism depends on three Biblical truths
1. God’s kingdom is not divided
Jesus healed the sick, often by commanding demons to leave. In Matthew 12, the Pharisees accused him of casting the demons out by the power of “Beelzebub, the prince of demons.”
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:22-28)
In this verse, Jesus affirmed that His authority comes from God while “the sons” (their disciples’ authority) come not from God. In other words, hypocritical Christians can cast out demons, but their authority is not from Christ.
A divided faith in Christ disables a person from commanding demons to leave. You cannot serve two masters. It is not the saints, the Catholic Mary, or the “Virgin Mary with Christ.”
2. We can forfeit our authority in Christ when idolatry is involved
Elsa (not her real name) could see spirits and demons attending a mass. As the priests performed the rituals, she began to see monsters on the altar. Dark and hairy beings were hiding behind the Saints and Mother Mary statues.
One shouldn’t wonder because even if Rome justifies these images as a “representation of God,” the Bible is clear, we should not make an idol even if the likeness is in heaven above. (Exodus 20:4)
You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
3. Faith and fasting are critical
Ultimately, our relationship with Christ and our dependence on Him allows anyone to perform an exorcism. This is manifested in our spiritual walk, more than experience dealing with dark entities.
In Matthew 17:16-21, the apostles couldn’t heal someone. Most diseases in the Bible were caused by ‘demon possession,’ and casting demons out is the best way to heal someone.
Jesus took over, rebuked the people around the sick person, and rebuked the demon. It came out immediately, and the boy was healed.
The disciples later asked why couldn’t they drive it out. Jesus said, “Because of your little faith. However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”