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Monday, February 15, 2010

Polish priests are having a devil of a time as demand for exorcists rises

Published Date: 13 February 2010
By Matthew Day in Warsaw


THE number of priests in Poland willing to do battle with Satan and rid people of evil spirits has soared as a result of growing public demand for exorcisms, say Catholic Church figures.
As Polish exorcists gathered yesterday for their annual conference, few failed to notice the swollen ranks of clergy.In the early 1990s, there were just three exorcists for the whole country. Now there are more than 100, and each year the number
In Europe, Poland now trails only Italy in the number of its registered exorcists."There are so many of us because the problem (of possession] is growing," Father Andrzej Grefkowicz told a press conference that shed a rare light on a practice which remains a mystery to many."This isn't funny," he added. "Anybody who has come into contact with somebody who is possessed, or enslaved, knows that this is not a joke."Despite the spread of secular thought in Poland, according to the Polish Catholic Church, each year the number of people in "torment or enslaved by an evil spirit" increases."In Poland, there is a growing human awareness that different types of depression and anxiety can have a spiritual cause. There wouldn't be so many of us, if this wasn't the case," said Fr Grefkowicz by way of explanation.Another reason cited by priests for the rise in exorcists is increasing public awareness of their role, and more people looking for explanations and cures to behaviour that conventional science struggles to deliver.But despite the age-old struggle between faith and science, trained exorcists refer people to psychologists if they feel the person suffers from a clinical, rather than spiritual problem."So how do we recognise if someone is possessed?" said Fr Grefkowicz. "A person may hear voices, and it may be a medical problem, but experience allows us to conclude it is a possession. Exorcists are looking for reasons."Other ways of discovering if somebody has an evil spirit in them appear more direct."In Italy, there is a good way," said Fr Antony Zielinski. "You have three white envelopes, two of which contain cards, while the third has a holy image. A person possessed will behave abnormally in contact with the envelope holding the holy picture."Aware that talk of cards and evil spirits may invoke a negative reaction from the cynical, and that many people's knowledge of exorcism is based on Hollywood horror films, Poland's exorcists are cautiously trying to demystify their work."We really need to shed light on the whole subject," said Dr Alexander Posacki, a Jesuit theologian and exorcism expert."There are a lot of unnecessary myths surrounding it, but exorcism is based on the cast-iron rules of the Church," he added. "Everything is consistent with its tradition and its teachings."In an effort to undermine the dramatic movie image of priests locked in tumultuous battles with evil spirits, Fr Grefkowicz said most exorcisms are more sedate affairs, rather than dramatic scenarios."Our work is based mainly on prayers and psalms, and that is how I cast out an evil spirit," he said.


Source: The Scotsman
Location: Edinburgh
From

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gaming for Satan: New Video Games Mock the Church and Glorify Satan

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDSStaff Journalist

A long-time video gamer and devout Catholic is sounding the alarm about a new breed of satanically-themed video games that target God and the Catholic Church, invite players to make pacts with the devil, and elevate Satan to hero status.
“This has been going on for the last 10 years, but especially in the most recent games,” said Lance Christian, 32, of Alton, Illinois. “It wasn’t until last month when I said, ‘enough is enough!’ I’m a gamer, but I’m deep into my faith and I think God is showing me this so I can make other people aware of it.”
He has seen games gradually become more occult-based, promoting Satan and even the persecution of Christians. For instance, in one game, players kill the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael before going on to destroy God. Another game requires players to sell their soul to the devil and rewards them for “killing unbaptized infants.” One game has Muslims killing Christians in a holy war.


Read more at http://lhla.org/breaking_news/?p=3966

2012 and the olympics

say that they will be able to give warning of magnetic storms and solar flares. Scientists warn solar activity could hit London 2012 Olympic Games.

Scientists warned yesterday that a peak in solar activity is due to occur in 2012, risking the disruption of television and internet networks during the London Olympic Games.
“The Olympics could be bang in the middle of a solar maximum,” said Richard Harrison, of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, speaking before the launch this week of Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
It has long been known that surges in solar activity can cause disruption in satellite and terrestrial communications systems, but, until now, it has been almost impossible to predict solar storms in advance.

At http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/space/article7012205.ece?print=yes&randnum=1265384462250

What happened to Mel Gibson?

Read this good article at
http://the-american-catholic.com/2010/01/27/mel-gibson-needs-our-prayers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+AmericanCatholic+(American+Catholic)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

STAGES OF DEMONISM SPAN FROM TEMPTATION TO OBSESSIONS TO INFESTATION AND POSSESSION

by Fr. Dwight Longenecker
at http://www.spiritdaily.com/longeneckerdemonism1.htm

Chief Rabbi backs Pope’s condemnation of equality laws

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has said Pope Benedict XVI’s attack on the Government’s equality legislation should be taken seriously. Writing in The Times on Wednesday, Mr Sacks said: “We may not agree with the Vatican line on homosexuality. But the State is trampling on our rights as individuals.”
The Pope told bishops from England and Wales that the Government’s equality legislation had served to “impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs”.
His attack came a few days after Church of England bishops in the House of Lords helped to vote down an amendment that would have narrowed the exemptions for religious organisations in existing equality employment laws.


http://www.christiantoday.com/article/chief.rabbi.backs.popes.condemnation.of.equality.laws/25234.htm

Who is that ugly man?

Anti-Pope, anti-Catholic, pro-Obama.

Harry Knox.
Shame on you !!!

Read it at American Papist
http://www.catholicvoteaction.org/americanpapist/index.php?p=1069

The shadow

The shadow
Even when we can not see him, his hand is always there!

At God's service