The Spiritual Toll of Pervasive Occultism

March 2010By Thomas J. Euteneuer

The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer is president of Virginia-based Human Life International, which has affiliates and partners in 87 countries around the world. A trained exorcist, Fr. Euteneuer has been authorized to perform the ancient rite in several dioceses in the U.S.

LINK: Human Life International

Vampires, witches, Ouija boards, Satanic rock music and video games — innocent fun? I don't think so. The proliferation of these dark forces is creating a subculture of youth who are suffering the effects of occult involvement. The sheer magnitude of these demonic influences has already left us with a wounded generation of youth, many of whom will receive liberation and healing only through the priestly ministry of exorcism. The problem of demonic infestation has already become, shall we say, "legion" in our culture, and priests need respond to it with the love of Christ and the authority of the Church militant.

I learned this firsthand in 1995 when I was assigned to a large urban parish in Florida. One day, a young man walked into the parish office and sat down. He did not even ask to speak to a priest. I happened to be on duty at the time, so the nervous secretary asked me to meet with him right away. He said he did not know why he was there, but that "something" had led him there. That "something" might have been a demon, but more likely it was the Spirit of God leading him to the Church for deliverance from the demon.

Matt (not his real name) was obviously seriously disturbed. We talked, and he told me a tale of woe that was hard to believe. He seemed to have no father or mother and had never been baptized. He was living a life of rampant chaos in the house of his uncle and immersed himself almost constantly in Satanic music. The only social contacts he had were some really, really bad "friends," so-called Goth types, devotees of the hideous rock star Marilyn Manson. He admitted to doing drugs with them and experimenting with all kinds of occult matter that glorified Satan in both overt and indirect ways. He was fond of violent movies and video games — or more likely they were fond of him, a basically soulless cyber-addict.

One day he was with his "friends," and he overdosed. He ended up in the hospital and had an experience he could not forget. In a coma on the hospital bed, he felt like he was descending down a long, cold, and dark corridor. Fear began to grip him as he clearly understood just where it was he was descending to. So he put his hand out to touch a wall or something, thinking that he could stop his descent, and as he did that, he felt something grab his arm and enter into his chest. He was never the same after that. From that point on he was demonized. Sadly, I was transferred from the parish soon after that and was not able to help him further, but I often pray that he met another priest who gave him the spiritual care he needed.

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I have the burden of confessing my own complicity in this desensitization of American society to the occult. In 1971 I became a teacher of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's "Transcendental Meditation." (He of "the Beatles guru" fame.) We learned that the famous "meaningless" mantras were actually the names of Shiva, a Hindu god. We learned about the development of "god consciousness" and practices to appease "mother divine" and the importance of "pujas" (rituals) and "jyotish" (astrology.) Then we were told to not mention these things to the public. "An elephant has two sets of teeth," Maharishi was fond of saying, "On to show and one to chew with." We took the practice to the schools, the military, sports and entertainment figures - all in the name of providing relaxation.

Part of my daily prayers are for those still lost in those occult woods. By removing the warning signs and intentionally blurring distinctions, we TMers made it easy for people to get lost.
Posted by: eberwein
April 01, 2010 12:48 PM EDT
The author mentions "television shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and their popular spawn especially target the younger generation and are followed with fanatical fervor."

I would also note the number of TV shows featuring the occult that suddenly burst on the scene in the early 1960s: Bewitched, I Dream of Genie, The Munsters and The Addams Family. These shows are noteworthy considering that the current demonization of the United States -- figuratively and literally -- began in the early '60s. Typically, these shows seemed entertaining and innocent enough, but "making haste slowly" and "the long march through the institutions" are mottos of the godless Marxists.

Also, the woman who wrote "The Secret Doctrine" in the 1880s (upon which "The Da Vinci Code" is based, was a fervent believer in the occult and went on to influence concepts that found their way into Nazism, including the Hindu symbol for good luck, known to us today as the swaztika. (Hinduism is based in large part of what we call astrology in the West.)
Posted by: j17ghs
March 04, 2010 11:30 PM EST
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