Soldiers for the Battle

January-February 2011

As of late 2008 the two most requested articles at our website were “The Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare” (Dec. 1994) by Bobby Jindal and “A Case of Demonic Possession” (Mar. 2008) by Dr. Richard E. Gal­lagher. Both articles are real-life accounts of their authors’ experiences with supernatural phenomena; Jin­dal’s case involves untrained college students and Dr. Gallagher’s highly trained professionals. As we wrote in a New Oxford Note in our November 2008 issue, “One is, at first blush, inclined to dismiss the popularity of these two articles” as being the result of “a type of voyeuristic curiosity.” But upon further consideration, we wrote, “we see in the enduring popularity of these articles a more reaching need.” In a word, “Catholics have an intense hunger for proper catechesis on how to ‘fight the good fight.’”

And so we published more articles on exorcism, the nature of evil, and related topics, each of which was well received, including “Peering Into the Abyss” (Oct. 2008) and “Perfect Possession” (May 2009) by Maria Hsia Chang, “The Primeval Struggle” (Jul.-Aug. 2009) by Terence J. Hughes, “Why Is There Evil in the World?” (Dec. 2009) by Arthur C. Sippo, and Fr. Thomas J. Eute­neuer’s six-part Líbera Nos a Malo

column series, which ran from December 2009 to June 2010.

All this time we were virtually alone in identifying and trying to counteract the Church-wide silence on the topic of demonic evil and its presence in our world. No longer. Finally, someone of rank in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also identified and is trying to address this “more reaching need.” That someone is Bishop Thomas Pap­rocki of Springfield, Illinois, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance. Bishop Paprocki sponsored the Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism, which took place in Baltimore on November 12-13, just prior to the U.S. bishops’ annual fall meeting.

Only a tiny number of American priests are trained in the rite of exorcism — reportedly only five or six nationwide — and these few have been overwhelmed by requests to evaluate claims of possession. Exorcism training falls under the jurisdiction of Bishop Paprocki’s canonical affairs committee, which he says has been receiving increasing numbers of inquiries from priests about the rite. Paprocki explained that the conference was organized primarily to provide guidance for bishops because, according to canon law (specifically can. 1172), exorcisms cannot be performed without the express permission of the local ordinary.

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New Oxford Notes: January-February 2011

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I have been going at it alone having to do my own research to find catholics to help one another in the battle against porn. Myself being in bondage to it's diabolical grip for many years.

My hope for a more comprehensive response to this ever growing plague against the dignity of the human person is encouraged by this article.

I have been on the front lines of this battle since my return to Holy Mother Church in 1986 & then getting involved in 12 Step programs like AA & SA since 1987. I can certain, we are fighting a battle with the demonic.

Listen to Fr Corapi's CD, "Addiction". Also in the book "Alcoholism: a Source book for priests" published in 1960, co-founder of AA Bill Wilson's spiritual advisor, Fr Ed Dowling, states the following in this "Alcoholism": "Bill, the AA co-founder, told me he thought alcoholism in many cases was a diseased bodily reaction to alcohol plus a physic obsession. I think Bill meant diabolic obsession. It was a malign obsession by the Devil paralleling the guardian angel's benign obsession. We visualize the guardian angel as besieging us with good suggestions. He thought the Devil was also there besieging the alcoholic. Bill knew the difference between obsession and possession." page 269

“For the longest time, we in the United States may not have been as much attuned to some of the spiritual aspects of evil because we have become so attached to what would be either physical or psychological explanations for certain phenomena,” Cardinal Di Nardo told the Associated Press (Nov. 12). “We may have forgotten that there is a spiritual dimension to people.” Read the Irish Bishops statement of the clergy sex abuse scandal, it correlates with this statement.

The laity need help. Estimates are 30% of the men in the pews are struggling with pornography. Many are in need of deliverance ministries to be freed and healed.

Posted by: cland
February 06, 2011 01:44 PM EST
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