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Anna Elisabeth Michel. Over a 10-month period, Fathers Renz and Alt carried out 67 one-hour exorcism sessions with Anneliese. Audio recordings from the sessions reveal their efforts as well as how Anneliese’s voice was distorted, the sounds she made, and the growls and other utterances that she made in response to the religious ritual. Anneliese herself was supportive of the exorcism, but as it proceeded, she became weaker and thinner, and no medical intervention was sought.

Exorcisms

Exorcisms are the stuff of Hollywood movies – but real life versions of the rituals often make the headlines around the world.

But what are they and why does the Catholic Church perform them?

The idea that demons exist and can possess people is one of the most widely-held religious beliefs in the world. Most religions claim humans can be invaded by demonic spirits and offer exorcisms to cast out them out. The Vatican first issued official guidelines on exorcism in 1614 and revised them in 1999. The changes state that “the person who claims to be possessed must be evaluated by doctors to rule out a mental or physical illness”.

Along with a handful of Vatican-sanctioned exorcists, there are hundreds of self-styled exorcists around the world. Catholic Church law requires that every diocese has at least one specially-trained priest who can perform exorcisms, although the Vatican says demonic possession is very rare and the majority of cases turn out to be people suffering from mental illnesses. In past centuries, epilepsy, schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome and similar conditions were mistaken for demonic possession.

The Church lists symptoms of demonic invasion as a loss of appetite, unnatural body postures and a change in the person’s face, voice as well as predicting future events and a cold feeling in the room. Other tell-tale signs include a person losing control and lashing out, an intense hatred toward religion or antipathy towards entering a church, speaking Jesus’ name or hearing scripture.

Most reported cases do not require an exorcism because twentieth-century Catholic officials regard genuine demonic possession as an extremely rare phenomenon.

Often someone will just need medical help.

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Father Damien

and the Forgotten Leper Colony

The sandy beaches, tropical forests, and volcanic mountains of Hawaii provide a beautiful scene that often distracts from the darker periods of the island state’s history. The native population was ravaged by disease during its colonization, and among those illnesses was leprosy.

Cut off from the rest of the world by 1600-foot cliffs on one side and ocean on the other, Kalaupapa, Molokai, is a naturally beautiful prison. When Hansen’s Disease, historically known as leprosy, struck Hawaii in the mid-1800s along with other trade-borne eastern diseases, the government of Hawaii followed what was then common practice: they formed an isolated quarantine and moved the affected population there.

When Father Damien first arrived at the Kalawao leper settlement on the isolated Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1873, he caught the attention of the press almost immediately. As the first western religious missionary, Catholic or Protestant, to live within the leper settlement despite being free of the disease himself, Damien was something of a sensation. He was praised for his Catholic sense of self-sacrifice and even dubbed a “martyr,” particularly towards the end of his life when it became clear that he had contracted a severe and ultimately fatal form of Hansen’s disease.

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So much for the Catholic Church’s committment to root out pedos

Yes, it appears the Pope loves pedos.

No matter how much it changes the Catholic Church stays the same.

Pope Francis has been slammed by church officials and sex abuse survivors for cutting penalties for paedophile priests.

The Pope is said to be applying his vision of a ‘merciful church’ to sex offenders by reducing punishments to weaker sentences, such as a lifetime of prayer and penance. Read more »

Mother Teresa a saint, but no action on pedos

The new Pope has declared that Mother Teresa is a saint, but strangely remains silent on the problem of pedos lurking in the clergy.

I guess his priorities are elsewhere.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked to St Peter’s Square for the Mass and canonisation.

Two miraculous cures of the sick after Mother Teresa’s death in 1997 have been attributed to her intercession.

In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in Kolkata. Read more »

So, no apology for all the sexual abuse victims then?

They deserve an apology but will they get one?

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.

Francis responded with a variation of his famous “Who am I to judge?” comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be discriminated against but treated with respect.

He said some politicized behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being “a bit offensive for others.” But he said: “Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?”    Read more »

Pope embraces “imperfect” Catholics, like people who are divorced

Presumably he also embraces his pedo priests as he outlines a “more merciful and loving church”.

Catholic Church leaders in New Zealand are welcoming a document outlining a more merciful and loving church.

The 260-page treatise called “Amoris Laetitia,” (The Joy of Love), one of the most eagerly awaited pronouncements of Pope Francis, calls for more compassion towards “imperfect” Catholics, such as those who divorced and remarried, saying “no one can be condemned forever”.

Just as well, as the Church has embraced pedophiles for decades, and people who were divorced were starting to worry if they would ever be loved by God again.   Read more »

At least she wasn’t buggered by priests

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has revealed that her toughness, mental or otherwise, comes from being beaten as a child by nuns at the convent school she went to.

“I’m tough … I’m tough because I have had to be. I was beaten by the nuns as a child.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s revelation stunned an audience of several hundred in Whanganui.

The celebrated singer, in the city to teach at the two-week New Zealand Opera School at Wanganui Collegiate, was speaking candidly in a public conversation with fellow international opera performer and Baptist Church minister, Rodney McCann.

“I am as tough as I am today because from age 12, when I was at a convent school in Auckland, I was beaten by the nuns,” Dame Kiri told the audience at the Collegiate auditorium.    Read more »

Pope tells Europe to take refugees because, you know, the Vatican is taking none

Once again we see the leader of a major church, the Pope in this case, telling everyone to do something that he won’t do himself.

The migrant crisis engulfing Europe poses a big challenge to Europe’s values and traditions but the continent should be able to integrate the newcomers without undermining the safety of its citizens, Pope Francis says.

More than one million people sought refuge in Europe last year, many of them fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq.

A majority of the migrants are Muslims and Europeans are worried about how to integrate them, especially since the November 13 attacks by Islamist militants in Paris that killed 130 people.     Read more »

Was this the reason Pope Benedict quit?

Seems the former Pope’s brother has been buggering choir boys.

The priests at the Regensburg, Bavaria boarding school for boys liked to make the students take off their clothes and bend over for either a violent whipping or forcible anal sex. Sometimes the priests made them drink red wine. Sometimes the priests masturbated in front of the children.  Other times they made the children masturbate for them, perform oral sex or fondle each other. 

The complaint is not about just one or two isolated cases. At least 231 and more likely as many as 700 boys who attended the school between 1953 and 1992 were subjected to what has been described by the victims as “ritual abuse,” according to Ulrich Weber, a German lawyer commissioned by the choir who represents the alleged victims. “I have here 231 reports of physical abuse,” Weber told reporters at a press conference in Regensburg on Friday when he presented a report based on an eight-month investigation into the alleged abuse. “The abuse ranges from sexual assault and rape to food deprivation to the boys who were less cooperative.”     Read more »

Is the Catholic church joining Islam in keeping uppity women in line?

Maybe the Catholic Church is going to buy a job lot of wife beater singlets?

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Seems there aren’t a lot of Spanish women cooking their men some eggs…when they are told to do it.

A leading archbishop has sparked outrage in Spain by saying that domestic violence occurs because ‘women do not obey men’.

The Archbishop of Toledo Braulio Rodriguez told his congregation that wives could avoid being hit by doing what they are told.

Women could also escape being physically abused by not asking their husbands for a divorce, Rodriguez said.

He told churchgoers in his sermon: ‘The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman’s partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands.   Read more »