fredag 7 september 2007

Exorcismnyheter

Här kommer en liten uppdatering på vad som har hänt på exorcismfronten den senaste tiden.

Den 7 augusti rapporterades att en mormor dödats i ett exorcismförsök. Exorcismen utövades av hennes adoptivdotter och en vän till familjen. Mormodern, som hade kvävts med en plastpåse och skarf, dog senare på sjukhuset. Påsen hade använts för att fånga djävulen.

Helt rationellt agerande, eller hur? Alla vet att exorcism botar det mesta och att djävulen inte kan rymma ur plastpåsar.


Hittade även en nylig intervju med en exorcist. Exorcisten Jose Antonio Fortea, skolad vid Vatikanen, är en riktig veteran. Han har hållit på med exorcism i tjugo år och även skrivit böcker i ämnet.

Från intervjun:

"MB: Father Fortea, with your long experience with exorcisms, can you give us a few specific details about some of those you have observed?

FORTEA: That is like asking a sailor who has made many voyages over the ocean to say something about what he has observed. There are so many things… But I can say that the power of the demon is much less spectacular that what people may think. Screams, writhing on the ground, insults, vomiting, physical assaults upon the priest, spewing thick sputum – these are what the exorcist sees habitually. More spectacular things are rare. Even so, I have heard screams impossible for a human being, surprising convulsions in the air, and knowledge of hidden things of which I alone and no one else knew.

MB: With reference to pornography, what danger do pornography addicts incur? And fans of black magic or the occult arts?

FORTEA: Pornography debilitates the spiritual strength of the soul but does not provoke possession. Black magic does provoke possession because it involves invoking the devil. The occult arts are quite varied; in my books, I analyze each one as to their harmfulness. For example, divination is a sin but does not provoke possession. However, voodoo is indeed a cause of possession for those who practice it.

MB: Is there evidence or observable signs of the possessed in terms of their behaviour or morale? Or do they appear to be “normal”?

FORTEA: What is specific to possession is that the person enters into a trance and it is another spirit that moves that body.

MB: What importance to you attach to the August 2007 meeting in Poland of exorcists? Is there a greater interest in the practice of exorcism on the part of the clergy or is there a greater number of possessed?

FORTEA: The ministry of exorcism has spread widely over the last twenty years because the practice of magic has grown in the United States and Europe. This is true even though magic may bear attractive names such as “New Age”.
Porr ökar alltså inte riskerna för demonisk besatthet, vilket säkert många av är lättade över. Men svartmagi är bäst att lägga på hyllan. Se även upp för New Age! Vem vet vilka onda väsen de där kristallerna, meditationerna och tarotkorten kan locka fram...

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