Dublin, Ireland, Jan 24, 2018 / 11:08 pm (CNA).- An Irish priest and exorcist is asking the country's bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic activity in the country.
In a recent interview with The Irish Catholic, Fr. Pat Collins said he has been overwhelmed with the number of requests for exorcisms from the faithful in Ireland. In an open letter, he has urged the Irish bishops to train more priests to deal with the demand.
“(I)t’s only in recent years that the demand has risen exponentially,” Collins told The Irish Catholic.
Collins’ comments are on par with those of other exorcists throughout the world, including the International Association of Exorcists (IAE), a group of 400 Catholic leaders and priests, which has reported a dramatic increase in demonic activity in recent years.
In 2014, the IAE said the levels of demonic activity throughout the world had reached what they considered a “pastoral emergency.”
Collins said that he was “baffled” that the bishops haven’t trained more exorcists for Ireland, and added that anyone who doesn’t see the need for more exorcists is “out of touch with reality.”
“What I’m finding out desperately, is people who in their own minds believe – rightly or wrongly – that they’re afflicted by an evil spirit,” Collins said.
“I think in many cases they wrongly think it, but when they turn to the Church, the Church doesn’t know what to do with them and they refer them on either to a psychologist or to somebody that they’ve heard of that is interested in this form of ministry, and they do fall between the cracks and often are not helped,” he added.
A spokesperson for the bishops' conference at Maynooth told The Irish Catholic that each diocese is required to have a trained exorcist, who is able to discern the difference between signs of true demonic possession and signs of mental or psychological illness.
“Exorcisms are very rare and this office has not been made aware of any cases of ‘exorcism’ in Ireland in recent years,” the spokesperson said.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between demonic activity and mental illness. From paragraph 1673: “Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness, is a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science. Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.”
In April 2015, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Sacerdos Institute hosted a seminar at Rome's Regina Apostolorum University, specifically aimed at training priests and lay people in spotting the differences between psychological problems and demonic possession.
The conference included interventions from a wide range of experts in the field of exorcism, including practicing exorcists, medical professionals, psychologists, lawyers, and theologians.
Recently updated rules of the Catholic rite of exorcism also state that a person who believes they are possessed must first rule out mental illness before seeking an exorcism. If the rite of exorcism is still needed, they may seek out a priest who has been trained and appointed as exorcist for his diocese by his bishop.
Collins noted that it often takes multiple meetings with a person seeking an exorcism to determine precisely what is afflicting them, but noted that whether it is true demonic activity or other problems, the requests have gone up dramatically in recent years.
Father Vincent Lampert, a Vatican-trained exorcist and a parish priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has previously told CNA that the best defense against demonic possession is staying close to the sacraments.
In his open letter to the Irish bishops, Collins wrote: “...there has been increasing evidence of the malicious activity of the evil one.”
“I can’t judge from my own subjective experience because people see on the internet that I’m supposed to be an exorcist so I get an inordinate number of calls from people, and emails, all I can say is I have that reputation, but it’s only in recent years that the demand has risen exponentially,” he wrote.
This picture was taken in Rome's Regina Apostolorum University where I trained with Exorcist from all around the World.
Irish priest claims that the Catholic Church has failed in training priest as exorcist. I believe this is true. There's a few reason why the Catholic Church is lacking exorcists:
1) Priest are afraid of the devil
2) Priest don't believe in the devil
3) There's no regional training programs available.
4) Priest don't know what they are doing
The Vatican does have a course that trains priest to be certified exorcist. A priest wanting to receive training must travel to Rome to take the course, which is an intense course indeed.
While certification programs do teach the ministry of Exorcism, many dioceses feel that the expenses of sending someone to Rome to learn how to do exorcism, doesn't justify the cost.
click on the link below to hear what this Irish priest thinks.
For the first time the official Roman Ritual of Exorcism has been translated into English. I have an official one in Latin that I obtained when I received my training in Rome. However, since I am not a Catholic, I don't use it. The Book has a section that the laity can use to pray for deliverance, but the actual imperative ritual can only be done by a Bishop sanctioned Exorcist. This English ritual will be solely kept by Bishops and given to the exorcist in their diocese.
It's is extremely important to test everything with the scriptures
This is an excerpt from the book "An Exorcist Explains the Demonic, by Father Gabrielle Amorth," in it he writes the following:
Satan is a great liar, but sometimes the Lord obliges him to tell the truth. Once Fr. Candido was liberating a person after many exorcisms and with his typical irony he told the devil: “Go away for the Lord has created a nice warm home for you, he has prepared a little house for you where you won’t suffer from the cold”. However, the devil interrupted him and replied: “You don’t know anything”.
When the devil interrupts with a saying like this, it means that God has obliged him to tell the truth. And this time it was extremely important. The faithful often ask me: “But how is it possible that God created Hell, why did he think of a place of suffering?”. And so that time the devil responded to the provocations of Fr. Candido by revealing an important truth about Hell: “It was not Him, God, who created Hell! It was us. He hadn’t even thought of it!” Therefore in the plan of God’s creation the existence of Hell had not been contemplated. The demons created it! During exorcisms, I have also often asked the devil: “Did you create Hell?”. And his response has always been the same: “We all cooperated”.
This is what scriptures saids about hell:
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
Obviously both Father Amorth and Father Candidi were deceived. In Mathew 24 we can read that God prepared hell for the devil and his angels.
Many people know me as either a deliverance minister or as an exorcist, the truth is, I am more of an evangelist than anything else. Often times, I start my ministry sessions by asking the person if they are saved. This question is followed up with a subsequent question, how do you know you are saved? Most people answer this question by saying that they are saved because they have been baptized. Anyone that equates baptism to salvation is not saved. Baptism is simply an outward expression of the burial of the old man and the resurrection of the new man; this is all a result of your belief in Jesus Christ.
So how can I know if I am saved?
1) You must believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for the forgiveness of your sins. You must believe that Jesus took your place on the cross, and because He took your place on the cross you would not die, but have everlasting life.
2) You must believe that he was buried for 3 days.
3) You must believe that he rose again from the dead. That he was seen by at least 500 people.
4) That He is in heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
If you believe these 4 points, then you are saved. A saved person would have a change of lifestyle, the old ways die, and a new way is born (this is the born again experience). Christians that don’t abstain from sin are referred to as false converts, and are not saved. Those that have the Holy Spirit inside of them do not want to sin, and if they do sin willfully, the Holy Spirit will convict them and call them into repentance. Now, I am not saying that you will be perfect, but the Lord will help you overcome sin and temptations as you grow in Christ.
Born again believers should read their Bible’s daily, pray and attend a Bible based church. This will help you grow in Christ.
If you have any questions, you may reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exorcist and Pastor Miguel Bustillos
Bishop Miguel Bustillos (Born-Again Christian) is currently the Archbishop of Christonian Church headquartered in Surprise, Arizona. He is a graduate of The International School of Exorcism, The Advance Academy of Deliverance and Life Christian University, with an Advanced Degree in Theology. Furthermore, He has studied Demonology from many other institutions, including the International School of the Word (ISOW). In addition, he is also a graduate of the Regina Apostolorum in Rome, where he studied "The Rite of Exorcism and Deliverance". He trained with some of the world's top exorcists. He has freed hundreds of God's Children from demonic attacks and torment, in Jesus' name. Jesus gets all the glory. The Bishop is a well known and highly sought after Exorcist and Deliverance Minister in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. He is featured to speak at this year's International School of Exorcist convention (2019).
Before getting into ministry, he worked in the healthcare field for 18 years. He became a professor of healthcare at a university in Arlington Virginia and climbed through the ranks to become Program Director and finally Academic Dean. He left his position as Academic Dean to become a full-time Deliverance Minister at the Lord's request.
He holds terminal advance degrees in Business and Cardiopulmonary Sciences.
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