Posts Tagged ‘Exorcism’
Posted by doctore0 on October 12, 2015
Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.
The Metropolitan Police said there had been 60 crimes linked to faith in London so far this year. It saw reports double from 23 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
Half of UK police forces do not record such cases and many local authorities are also unable to provide figures.
The NSPCC said authorities “need to ensure they are able to spot the signs of this particular brand of abuse”.
London is unique in having a police team, Project Violet, dedicated to this type of abuse.
Its figures relate to crime reports where officers have flagged a case as involving abuse linked to faith or belief. Many of the cases involve children
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Posted by doctore0 on April 14, 2015
The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has also had a more unexpected consequence – a boom in the demand for exorcisms.
The Argentinian pontiff’s fire-and-brimstone language and frequent references to the Devil have helped propel belief in Beelzebub back into the mainstream of the Catholic Church, where once it was an embarrassment.
Dioceses in the UK, Italy, Spain and elsewhere have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people claiming to be possessed and have responded by training more priests in the dark arts of how to perform exorcisms.
A week-long exorcism conference, held this week at the Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum in Rome and endorsed by the Vatican, is being attended by around 160 Catholic priests from around the world, who insist that demonic possession is very real.
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Posted by doctore0 on March 19, 2015
A priest has been arrested in Burgos for performing repeated exorcisms on an underage girl suffering from anorexia.
A judge in Burgos has called for the arrest of exorcist, Jesús Hernández Sahagún, along with the girl’s priest after she went through 13 exorcisms while still a minor.
Sahagún, the official exorcist of Valladolid, is facing charges of gender violence, causing injury and mistreatment according to local newspaper, Diario de Burgos, and has been asked to make a statement on the events.
The events date back to 2012, when the girl began to suffer from anorexia. According to El País, her religious parents became convinced she was possessed by the devil and decided to have their child exorcised.
She was tied up and had crucifixes positioned over her head, according to El País.
The girl subsequently attempted suicide and an investigation was launched after her aunts and uncles filed a complaint.
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Posted by doctore0 on January 28, 2015
A GP who was found guilty of serious misconduct after telling a patient the devil was “having a go” at her has been struck off the medical register.
Thomas O’Brien, who worked at a health centre in Stoke-on-Trent, was deemed “a risk to the public” after using his position to influence a vulnerable woman’s religious beliefs.
Dr O’Brien had not shown any insight into his actions, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found.
He has 28 days to lodge an appeal.
The doctor had told his patient, known as patient A and who was physically and mentally vulnerable, that psychiatry was dangerous and she should stop seeing her consultant.
He also retuned her bedroom television into an evangelical channel and said his wife, a faith-healer, could cure illness without the use of medication
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Posted by doctore0 on January 20, 2015
An Irish-trained doctor performed an exorcism on a seriously ill patient after promising he could “heal” her without medication, a medical tribunal yesterday.
GP Dr Thomas O’Brien, 56, persuaded the mother of one to undergo the spiritual procedure at his local Pentecostal church after telling her: “God is your surgeon,” it was claimed.
During a four month period leading to the ceremony, O’Brien who qualified as a doctor from the National University of Ireland in 1982, subjected the patient who was in great pain after stomach surgery to “religious grooming”
He said the “devil was having a real go at her” and that she had “devil items” in her house, it was alleged.
The doctor further exploited her vulnerability by quoting the Bible at her, taking her to religious meetings, praying with her at home and even programming her television remote to satellite TV’s The Gospel Channel, it was said.
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Posted by doctore0 on October 29, 2014
Pope Francis has told a convention of exorcists from around the world that they are doing sterling service in combating “the Devil’s works”, as the Catholic Church warned of a rise in Satanism and the occult.
The Pope, who frequently cites the fight against Satan in his sermons, said that exorcists needed to show “the love and welcome of the Church for those possessed by evil”. By treating people who were possessed, priests could demonstrate that “the Church welcomes those suffering from the Devil’s works,” he said in a message to a conference organised in Rome by the International Association of Exorcists.
The organisation, which brings together Catholic clergy and psychiatrists, was founded in 1990 by two Catholic priests and was given formal recognition by the Vatican in June.
At the conference, 300 priests and experts from around 30 countries discussed the perils of the occult and Satanism, which many in the Catholic Church believe is on the increase.
“The struggle against evil and the Devil is becoming more and more of an emergency,” Walter Cascioli, a psychiatrist and the spokesman for the association, told Vatican Radio.
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Posted by doctore0 on October 27, 2014
Liberian self-styled bishop Edward Adjei is one of a number of independent clergymen who believes a mass exorcism must be carried out to drive out Ebola “demons”.
Using Vimto as cheap replacement for communion wine, he wants to exorcise the presidential palace in order to banish Ebola from the nation.
Mr Adjei, who claims to have had warning of the impending Ebola epidemic in a revelation last December, has now written a joint letter with other Liberian clergymen asking permission from the Liberian government to do an exorcism of the building.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 10, 2014
Versailles, France: A priest in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been charged with rape and torture for acts allegedly committed during exorcisms involving three schoolteachers.
Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told AFP the 40-year-old priest with the Society of Saint Pius X, whose identity has not been released to protect the victims, was charged on Wednesday and is being held without bail.
He is facing charges of aggravated rape, torture and “committing barbarous acts” for the alleged assaults on three teachers at a private religious school in the western suburbs of Paris.
The prosecutor refused to provide further details, but newspaper Le Parisien reported on Thursday that the assaults took place in the autumn of 2010 at the Notre-Dame de la Sablonniere school run by the sect.
It alleged he had first raped one teacher during an exorcism to purge her of the “evil” from a previous sexual assault.
He then used his “spiritual influence” to convince two other female teachers to undergo similar exorcisms, Le Parisien said.
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Posted by doctore0 on January 29, 2014
The stupid, it burns… ouch
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