Exorcims Death Toll Rises whilst the Authorities Bumble.
Yet another tragic SAFF prophecy has come true with
the death of poor Kyhra Ishaq who was apparently starved to death by
her fanatical parents because they believed she was possessed by an
This is how the Sun reported it:
Seven Years ago (see full report in
right-hand column) we alerted the public, and the authorities to the
growing number of persecutions of children by spiritual fanatics from
Christianity and Islam but to their undying shame the child scare
industry was too busy chasing phantom Satanists and occupying police
time with bogus cases.
Four years later the decrepit
media of the U.K. began to see we were right and
began looking at the issue,
but typically, the Othodoxy Blind-Spot kicked in and the Media blamed
it all on West African 'Jungle Ju-Ju'
portraying radical Christian and Islamic ministers as 'Witch-doctors'
instead of Christians and Moslems who were viciously re-interpeting
their Holy Books.
The cry went up!
'Save the Witch-Children'
They didn't cry 'Save the Kids
from twisted self-styled Christian Pastors'.
They didn't cry 'Why are
Christian and Moslem Leaders allowing religious radicals to abuse and
kill children in the name of their religions?'
And so the torture and abuse was
yet again swept under the carpet whilst the-powers-that-be wait for
shedload of dead kids to pile up before they do something about it.
The SAFF has tracked the growth of
fundamentalist fanaticism from the main orthodox religions for over
twenty years. We were the FIRST to campaign against the mammoth hidden
abuse by Priests and the Clergy (see here)
which was institutionally covered up and hidden from the public's view
in favour of chasing the phantom of Satanic Ritual Child Abuse which,
in the course of time, turned out simply to be a smoke-screen to hide
the ugly excesses of child abusing priests and pastors.
We named and shamed the major
religions twenty years ago and they did nothing. Over the past ten
years thousands of cases have come to light in the U.S. and in Ireland
where recently an official report (The
Ryan Report) roundly condemned the Irish Government and the Irish
Catholic Church for actually colluding to hide unbelievable numbers of
cases of the priestly abuse of children from the public.
It is now absoutely impossible
for any Christian to deny that these things happen or deny that Clergy
Abuse is an endemic problem. Many hundreds of those
kids need not have suffered if the authorities had listend to what we
were saying but the British Establishment is so shot
through with prejudice and bigotry that they would sooner give millions
of pounds worth of taxpayers money to activists in the Child Scare
Industry who repay their benfactors by promoting fictional ideas about
irrational enemies of the State. The Devil Made Them Do it!
What did the Church of England do
when we aimed our campaign squarely at them? They started a countrywide
campaign to try to ban Halloween because
they say it is 'dangerous' to children! (see here)
Ha! Kids being killed by Christians under their noses and they prefer
to harrangue Halloween. You get the
picture. Their attitude, and the attitude of the media in Britain today
is nothing short of despicable, yet only the SAFF has the courage to
tell the truth and here it is:
If just ten percent of the
resources that the Child Scare Industry has thrown at the phantom of
Satanic Ritualised Child Abuse were diverted to unearthing despicable
men and women who disguise their evil by passing it off as justified by
the Bible or the Koran we could erradicate cases like poor Khyra Ishaq
and probably save the lives of hundreds of children almost overnight.
Instead I suppose we are going to
have to put up with the usual hypocritical spectacle of a public
enquiry where the government, the social services, the child charities
and the media conjoin in a communal wailing and gnashing of teeth to
produce yet another set of revamped guidelines which social workers
ignore as quickly as the last.
Hello! Is anyone listening?
Summer Solstice 2009ev
MORE BLOOD ON THE HANDS OF THE BRITISH
A Muslim woman disemboweled
her daughter as a sacrifice to God after she became convinced the
four-year-old was possessed by spirits, the Old Bailey heard. Shayma
Ali, 36, stabbed the girl up to 40 times and took out her liver while
Koranic verses played in the background.
When police arrived at their
east London home, Ali was heard chanting: 'I seek refuge in God
from the curse of Satan'.
Shayma Ali admitted stabbing
her daughter and cutting out her liver to 'exorcise evil spirits'
Ali was found covered in blood rocking back and forward in the lounge
of her home, with the child's liver on the carpet.
She had become obsessed that
the child was possessed by a Jinn, a spirit referred to in the Koran
which can occupy humans and animals.
prosecuting, said Ali had become an increasingly devout follower of
Islam after a trip to Egypt in 2009.
'She became particularly
pre-occupied by the idea of possession by a thing call a Jinn ... and
she talked constantly about evil spirits and the belief that her
daughter was possessed. Atkinson told the Old Bailey Ali became
increasingly obsessed with exorcising the evil spirits....she 'talked
constantly about evil spirits' and the belief that her daughter was
Ali later told a
psychiatrist she had been praying when she began to think about
sacrificing a child 'as proof of her love of God'.
Fundamentalist agitators invent the satanic scares from
religious psychoses. Therapists and the child-scare industry jump on
the bandwagon for an easy hit and encourage the fantasies. The Xist
British Media dutifully exaggerate the shock-horror cases whilst
cynical politicians wring their hands in despair on the sidelines......
and all the while, quietly in the background the intellectual poison
produced by their wicked minds preys on the religious psychotics who
have been failed by the mental health system. Dangerous people who take
on board the lies and irresponsible portrayals of the Satan Hunters,
ready to justify butchering their four year old children in the name of
their god in a catharsis which could have been easily avoided if the
corrupt journalists of the British Media had only limited themselves to
their professional duty. The popularisation of exorcism by the BBC
Everyman team has left a legacy which will claim many more victims
yet.....and not a witch or satanist in sight......
Woman killed son in botched exorcism
then kept his body in plastic bag to be resurected
Latisha Lawson choked her son Jeziah to death 'to exorcise the devil in
Latisha Lawson, 31, forced her two-year-old son Jezaih to drink a vile
mixture of olive oil and vinegar as part of a ritual to drive the devil
from his body.
As he choked on the liquid she held her hand over his mouth to stop him
vomiting and crushed his neck.
Jurors heard Lawson had wanted to drive a demon named as "Marzon" from
her son's body.
She had become convinced
that her son was possessed and blamed herself because she did not
profess her love for God while she was pregnant.
Police said Lawson kept
Jezaih's body in a plastic sack for more than a year after his November
2009 death until she was arrested. Lawson said she was convinced her
son was possessed by demons as his behaviour had changed.
"I knew and believe I was interacting with a demon at
that time," Lawson said.
She said she kept her son's body as she was convinced her son would be
resurrected after his death
"I went in and just asked God to bring him back," she said.
"He did it in the Bible. He did it with Lazarus. He did it with a child
in the Bible."
Carry On Judge!
See How Hysterical Religiosity Infects The British Legal System.
Now any crime can be excused if you say you are possessed. (see here)
More Cases of
lunatic exorcism below. Does the BBC
condone this too? Where are the people at Everyman who promoted this
|Daily Telegraph (Filed:
Exorcism priest denies murder :
Michael Leidig in Vienna
A priest and four nuns have pleaded
not guilty to murdering
a young nun who was strapped to a crucifix with a cloth in her
during a five-day crucifixion ritual.
Father Petru Corogeanu and sisters
Nicoleta Arcalianu, Adina Cepreaga, Simona Bardanas and Elena Otel told
court in Vaslui, eastern Romania, yesterday that they had
the exorcism at the Tanacu Monastery to try to help 23-year-old Irina
They said at the time that she had been possessed by Satan.
after her death that Cornici had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic.
Father Corogeanu told the court that the exorcism ritual was "quite
and blamed medics who attended to Cornici for her death. He has
Evangelist Church Leader Tortures
10 Year Old Daughter
Daily Mail 04th December 2009
An evangelist church leader who tortured his 10-year-old daughter and
kept her prisoner for four days with no food because he was convinced
she was a witch was jailed for eight-and-a-half years today.
The twisted 39-year-old, dripped boiling hot plastic over his terrified
daughter's feet and beat her senseless after she became 'possessed by
'She did not even have a bed to sleep on. You bound her,
you gagged her, you beat her, you whipped her and then kept her
prisoner with no food.
The court heard the girl's hands were so badly burned
after being held over a candle the blisters protruded two inches out
from her palms.
On another occasion the man cut his daughter's shoulder with a knife
and smashed her head against a wall before standing on her face.
The man sat impassively in the witness box and at points
laughed when the crimes against his daughter was read out.
CHURCH MEMBERS JAILED AFTER EXORCISM
A French Guyana court has sentenced four members of the Celestial
Church of Christ on Wednesday for performing an exorcism on an
epileptic teen in 2005 that ended in his death. Bosse was tortured for
three days by church members, who slapped him, beat him with reeds and
straps and he was attached to a cross for the final two nights before
Bosse's mother, approached church members
at the end of 2004 in order to get treatment for her son, who she
considered "possessed by the devil." They decided to exorcise him.
The head of the parish, Maurice
Sainte-Pierre, discovered him dead, gagged, and still attached to the
The autopsy revealed multiple bruises, a large hematoma over one eye
and blows to the head.
Sainte-Pierre was sentenced to 12 years
in prison, while the others were handed down sentences of 9, 7 and 3
years, including two with suspended sentences.
The Celestial Church of Christ was founded in Benin in 1947, and claims
millions of followers worldwide.
Preacher Guilty In Boy's Exorcism Death
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 9, 2004
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN--After deliberating just four hours, a jury
convicted Ray Anthony Hemphill with felony physical abuse of a child
causing great bodily harm in the suffocation death of 8-year-old
Terrance Cottrell Jr.
The boy's father told reporters the
ruling was "minor justice", adding that he thought prosecutors should
have charged Hemphill with manslaughter or murder.
Ray Hemphill, 47, was ordained as a
pastor of the Faith Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith. Hemphill told
police on the night of August 22, 2003 that he had been holding a
series of special prayer services, described by some as exorcisms, over
the previous three weeks to remove "evil spirits" of autism from
Cottrell. Hemphill, who weighed 157 pounds, described how he would sit
or lay on "Junior's" chest for up to two hours at a time, whispering
into the boy's ear for the "demons" to leave his body.
Baby Killed in Baptism Ceremony
A priest has been accused of drowning a six-week-old boy as he baptised
him in Moldova.
Witnesses claimed the baby died after Father Valentin failed to cover
his mouth and nose when he immersed him in water three times.
Film shot by relatives shows the youngster moving after being taken out
of the font, but then suffering difficulty breathing as he is dressed.
Twenty minutes later, he started bleeding from his nose and mouth and
Six Year Old Girl Killed During Exorcism
Sixth Child Death due to Exorcism in past few years
ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2004
Exorcism Suspected In Child Death
6-Year Old Found Severely Beaten, Stabbed, Strangled In Atlanta
By John Esterbrook
(CBS/AP) A 6-year-old girl found dead in
a motel room had been strangled, stabbed, beaten and covered in pages
torn from a Bible, possibly in an attempt to "undemonize" her, police
Christopher Carey, 29, and his wife
Valerie, 27, were charged with murder. The husband was later
transferred to jail.
The older child provided detectives with
information that led investigators to the motel where the 6-year-old
was discovered, police spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said.
Quigley said the adults indicated they
were conducting a ritual that "had something to do with undemonizing
If the girl was the victim of an
exorcism, hers would be at least the sixth such death in the past nine
On March, 8, 1995, Kyung-A Ha, 25, was beaten
severely during a night-long exorcism conducted by members of the
Jesus-Amen Ministries in San Francisco. Kyung Jae Chung was killed in a
July 4, 1996 exorcism in Los Angeles.
In 1997, a 5-year old girl in Bronx, N.Y., was
forced to drink a mixture of ammonia, pepper, vinegar and olive oil
because her mother and grandmother thought she was possessed. Gagged
with duct tape, she died.
Charity Miranda, a teenager from Long Island, N.Y.,
was suffocated in a plastic bag by her mother and sister during a
ceremony in 1998. Terrance Cottrell, an 8-year-old, was beaten to death
during an attempted exorcism in Milwaukee last September.
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Wisconsin jury: Father guilty in
prayer death caseBy ROBERT IMRIE
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
A central Wisconsin man accused
of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking
medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless
Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in
the March 23, 2008, death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed
diabetes. Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a
hospital because she couldn't walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead,
Madeline died on the floor of the family's rural Weston home as people
surrounded her and prayed. Someone called 911 when she stopped
Cops probe whether exorcism caused Va.
teen death THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CENTREVILLE, Va. -- Police in Virginia are
investigating whether a Korean-American teenager's death last year was
caused by a religious ritual in her family's home.
Eighteen-year-old Rayoung Kim of
Centreville died in July 2008 of blunt force trauma, according to
medical examiners, and her death was ruled a homicide.
According to court records, Kim's brother
told Fairfax County Police that family members and others had been
performing a religious ritual on Kim before she lost consciousness.
Kim's father declined to comment on whether
an exorcism had been performed.
Five and Eight Year Old Exorcised to
Death By Christian Pastor
Children die in religious rite: Tuesday 14 February 2012 00:53
South Korean police have arrested a
pastor and his wife who confessed to beating their three young
children to death in an attempt to cleanse them of their illnesses and
Police said the children, aged five, eight
and ten, were found with
their heads shaved and their parents kneeling beside them in a house
used as a church. They were found in Boseong, a village in the south,
South Korean media reports said the
“pastor” and his wife had a
congregation of ten followers and said they had locked up their
children – two sons and a daughter – on 24 January after they became
sick with colds.
The couple beat each child with a belt and
fly-swatter 39 times in the
morning and 39 times in the evening.
Fundie Nut Uses Kitchen-Table-Surgery on
Four Year Old Son
A Vancouver-area father has been found guilty after botching a
home-circumcision attempt on his four-year-old son as part of a
spiritual quest to make things right with God.
The former Jehovah's Witness, who was
trying to follow a literal interpretation of the Bible after a series
of misfortunes hit his family.
During the trial, the Court heard that in
2002 he began the religious quest that eventually led him to believe
that both he and son needed to be circumcised to celebrate Passover.
His first attempt to circumcise himself
ended up with his foreskin turning black and only part of it cut off.
When he couldn't stop the bleeding, he called an ambulance, and a
doctor in a hospital emergency room ended up stitching up the bleeding
The man later returned to the internet for
more research and met some other religious fundamentalists, who were
also dog breeders. They advised him they used a veterinary powder
called BloodStop to halt any bleeding when they circumcised
their 13-year-old son .
When asked in court whether the man used
ice to ease the boy's pain, he replied, "Where would the Israelites
have found ice?"
He then applied Blood Stop, gave the boy
some ice cream and told him he could watch whatever movies he wanted
that week, before heading off to church.
Christians Starve 18 month old baby to
death because he wouldn't say 'Amen'
fundamentalists starved baby Javon Thompson (left) to death because he
would not (or could not!) say the word 'Amen' after the lord's prayer
and because he
was diagnosed as demonically 'defiant' by the cult leaders. The baby's
stuffed in a suitcase.
More background here:
Send Any Cases of Exorcism You See
Nearly 90 people, mostly women, have
been beheaded, burnt alive or stabbed to death after being accused of
being witches in India
Debjani Bora was beaten to within an inch of her life in
'witch hunt'Calcutta . Debjani Bora has won several gold medals in
javelin. She has described how she was tied up and severely beaten
after being branded a witch in her village in the north-eastern state
of Assam. She fears her injuries may prevent her representing India in
a forthcoming Asian contest.Witch hunts targeting women are common in
parts of India and a number of those accused are killed every year.
latest incident took place earlier this week in Ms Bora's home village
in the remote hill district of Karbi Anglong, where she also makes a
living as a farm worker and lives with her husband and three children.
She was blamed in the wake of the the deaths of four people in the
village, including one man who took his own life. Police said villagers
dragged her to a community prayer hall to face a "public trial on
charges of being a witch".
She later said:
"Instead of finding out why all the deaths occurred, some
village elders suspected a witch was driving the people to death and
organised a prayer. As the villagers were chanting hymns, one elderly
woman identified me as the witch and shouted that I should be
punished. I was blamed for all these deaths in the village,
wrapped up in fishing nets and beaten up severely."
She was taken to a local clinic, where she regained consciousness on Wednesday.
Karbi Anglong police chief Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said one woman was
arrested on Thursday after Ms Bora's family filed a complaint with the
police. "We suspect that she may have targeted Ms Bora for personal
reasons," Mr Mahanta said.
90 people, mostly women, have been beheaded, burnt alive or stabbed to
death after such accusations over the last five years.
LATEST RESULTS OF HOW BRITAIN DEALS WITH VICTIMS ACCUSED OF WITCHCRAFT HERE:
THE EVILS OF EXORCISM
When another child is
beaten to death will the staff of BBC's Everyman take their share of the
responsibility for legitimising the Evil of Exorcism?
The BBC allows sectarian
reign to promote their mediaeval claptrap under the cover of 'religious
broadcasting (Everyman's The Exorcist, 9.00pm Wednesday 16th
2002 : BBC2. ) .
Even though many innocent
children and adults
have been killed by exorcism.
Even though the Church of
England is already
aware of dangers like these:
In 1990 A schoolgirl was torn to
death after a 48 hour exorcism ritual when her mother tried to rip a
non-existent foetus from the 11 year old after she became convinced the
child had fallen pregnant by the Devil.
In August 1993 a religious group in
Leeds was reported for trying to use exorcism as a specific to 'cure'
epilepsy. Who knows how many epileptics suffered at their hands.
In 1994 Three people were convicted
for the manslaughter of a 22 year old woman who was beaten, and kicked
for three days in an exorcism to supposedly drive out the devil.
In 1996 A woman was killed after
being jumped on after a minister had spent several days exorcising her
trying to cast out demons. The 53 year old woman had originally
complained of severe headaches and abdominal pains.
In 1997 a Harrow social worker took
fundamentalist Christians into a woman's home to exorcise demons from
her son who has a severe brain disorder.
THE GAWBER EXORCISM:
Perhaps the most celebrated case, which
Church of England to completely revamp its rules, was where a man
had been made insane through exorcism killed his wife by tearing her
apart until she choked to death on her own blood.
The killer was a member of
a local church whose leaders
became convinced he was possessed. They subjec
ted him to a day
a night of exorcism. Under this maltreatment the man became violent and
to a Cof E vicar whose involvement only made things worse.
vicar eventually called in Methodist Ministers supposedly 'skilled' in
to exorcise the man again. Twelve hours later when the 'exorcists'
d physically exhausted, the man was told that 40 demons had
exorcised but the Spirit of Murder remained. Whereupon he was taken
to his poor wife. In a fit of insane violence brought on by the
he murdered her with his bare hands.
This completely avoidable
tragedy was a direct result
of the exorcism. Exorcisms like the ones Everyman are causing to be
An expert witness, consultant psychologist Hugo Milne, was asked by the
at the Gawber trial whether the exorcism had caused the man to kill. Mr
"It was entirely related
to his trance state and his eventual killing of his wife. It
The judge accepted
that view in his summing up and also made clear that the man had been a
loving husband who had been exorcised into committing an unforgivable
act of murder completely out of character. Incarcerating
him in a mental institution the judge said he now had to live with the
knowledge that he had deprived his three small children of their mother
and father. His defence counsel railed at the fact that the
people who had caused the exorcism were not charged and made it clear
that he thought they should be imprisoned with the husband as
After the trial , which got nationwide
CofE published new guidelines and set up 'official' exorcists in each
The idea of course was to intercept and control the mediaeval
of 'maverick' vicars. This can be clearly seen when, a year
the Archbishop of Canterbury's office condemned impromptu exorcisms by
CofE vicar in a church near Gawber. The clergyman eventually resigned.
People's memories are very
short and today the original
intent behind those rules is being misrepresented by a new wave of
What were restrictions are being passed off as 'guidelines'
developed to cope with what they see as the 'increasing need for
exorcisms'. A need which does not really exist but which is fuelled by
irresponsible programs of this low calibre.
The 'star exorcist' of the
Everyman program, Tom Willis,
Ex CofE vicar, is plainly aware of the history and dangers of exorcism.
1996 Willis was quoted in a critical article in the CofE Church
Times under the headline EXORCISM CAN BE DANGEROUS and
which discussed the misuse of exorcism. Cannon Dominic Walker warned
exorcism is now being applied indiscriminately for any type of problem
He had discovered that victims of sexual abuse had been summarily
They had been despicably told 'if you've been abused then you are
In defence of his own
position Willis said
'I don't do many
exorcisms of people, but I do about 30 or so exorcisms of buildings a
year, ...a number of Clergy had performed exorcisms where psychological
help might have been more appropriate. '
Willis omitted to define what situations
for exorcisms nor how one would obtain skill in identifying them, but
did criticise the Church of England's 'guidelines' saying they were
This measured response
contrasts with a newspaper piece
on 17th February 1995 where he was billed as an 'Occult Expert'
and head of a training course for exorcists being held in Scarborough.
Regardless of the 'vagueness' of the CofE guidelines Willis had
able to train ten other CofE vicars in exorcism at this course. The
covered Hauntings, Poltergeists and finished with 'Occult Practices and
Oppression'; all key motifs of the Christian Fundamentalists' war
Indeed, when Sue
Macgregor did a piece on it
for Radio 4 she countered that doctors and psychotherapists said that
who thought they were demon-possessed needed medical treatment.
neccessarily so, said the Reverend Kevin Logan. Logan had
a main-player in the Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic of the 1980s. Famous
other things), for claiming that 86% of children had suffered some
'oppression' and for blessing children (who had supposedly
from satanic contamination ) on camera for that appallingly
Cook Report program The Devil's Work, which created most of the Satanic
Logan said there was a war going on, that the church needs to be
to cope and learn the 'strategies of the enemy'. Doctors have their
but so do ministers. '
N.B.: In March 1988, just prior to the Satanic Panic
helped start, The Christian Missionary group Reachout, which Logan
helped out with and supported was reported as conducting
chain-exorcisms of adults in Rhyll.
Then in Woman's Realm a star exorcee Muriel
explains how Willis exorcised her from.... Spiritualism. Now
may appear eccentric to some, but it is actually a form of the
religion. Spiritualists go to church, pray to God and hail Jesus as The
Here we have another indicator of the inability of exorcists to
what may and what may not require exorcising. Everyman are
pushing the drama of Exorcism but many of the people whom they
celebrating clearly have an agenda of intolerance for alternative
Tom Willis said he was 'concerned
about the growth
of Satanic Groups'. We must remind our readers that Mr
was one of those Christian activists who believed in the since
idea of Satanic Ritual Abuse. He appeared in numerous sensational
articles which claimed that it existed.
The burgeoning use of mass exorcisms in fundamentalist churches is a danger to vulnerable adults and children yet the orthodox churches will not address the problem and the police avoid criticising the black community at any cost. Click on the image right to see a clip from a programme which filmed what goes on inside one of these evangelistic churches in London. You will be astonished at the mass hysteria and mass hypnosis going on.
Just as in the case of the
poor Gawber woman who had
her face clawed to shreds by a loving husband made insane by exorcism,
of the nationwide panic over the myth of Satanic Ritual Abuse (and the
children who had their lives destroyed by misguided action by the
) have also faded sufficiently from public view to allow
at Everyman to peddle this poison yet again.
The situation wouldn't be
so dangerous if self-styled
exorcists weren't pro-active but they are VERY active. Exorcism can be
seen as a form of missionary activity. The Christian Counsellor
the journal of the Waverly College, was at the forefront of promoting
idea of having 'counsellors' on tap after every traumatic incident. The
even set some of the benchmarks for the national qualifications for
'counselling', yet in 1992 it published a major article serialised over
consecutive issues concerning Exorcism as an adjunct to Counselling.
we have a clear example of the recruitment of Christian activists to
to people who are emotionally vulnerable under the guise of
counselling. Who knows how many poor children and adults have been
and sought help from 'counsellors' only to be abused yet again in
ceremonies of one kind or another.
Perhaps the most appalling
thing about BBC's
Everyman is it's cultural and moral blindness. Their view of society is
imperialistic and simplistic. They may acknowledge the token Sikh,
or Buddhist but appear to think that everyone else is a nominal
Of what use is a program on Christian Exorcism to Jews, Buddhists,
Atheists, Pagans or Voodooists? Are we to assume that non-Christians
immune to these supposed demons, or will the Christian exorcists
with adherents of non Christian beliefs as well?
The ultimate justification
for this program is the
usual ,unspecified, supposed threat of ''evil' for which no proof has
been offered. In contradistinction we have the pile of documentary
proving the extensive and terrible harm exorcism can do. It
mediaeval superstition of the worst kind. This program should not
been commissioned and questions should be asked as to why it was. It
undoubtedly be used by the new wave of exorcists as 'further proof' of
need for more exorcisms - until another Gawber case explodes across the
and the promoters of the barmy idea slip silently out of view again.
program will definitely result in a glut of vulnerable people rushing
be exorcised. If recent history is anything to go by a proportion of
will incur unnecessary suffering in the future and maybe even die in
process. The fault for that will lie partly at the door of Everyman.
John Freedom, Mortlake 16
FANATICAL CATHOLIC EXORCISTS SECTION:
Or, How the Vatican hides it's Sins by projecting Blame onto the Scapegoat of Satanism!
It's Not Just The Loonies In The
Fringes of Christianity who are doing it .......
From The Times: March 11, 2010
Chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth
says Devil is in the Vatican
Richard Owen in Rome
Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic
Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican",
according to the Holy See's chief exorcist.
Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been
the Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with
70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of
satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as
"cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to
Father Amorth, who has just published
Memoirs of an Exorcist, a series of interviews with the Vatican
journalist Marco Tosatti, said that the attempt on the life of Pope
John Paul II in 1981 had been the work of the Devil, as had an incident
last Christmas when a mentally disturbed woman threw herself at Pope
Benedict XVI at the start of Midnight Mass, pulling him to the ground.
Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the
devil was "pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with
blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain
hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to
be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me." He said it sometimes took six or seven of
his assistants to to hold down a possessed person. Those possessed
often yelled and screamed and spat out nails or pieces of glass, which
he kept in a bag. "Anything can come out of their mouths –
finger-length pieces of iron, but also rose petals."
He said that hoped every diocese would eventually have a resident
exorcist. Under Church Canon Law any priest can perform exorcisms, but
in practice they are carried out by a chosen few trained in the rites.
Father Amorth was ordained in 1954 and
became an official exorcist in 1986. In the past he has suggested that
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were possessed by the Devil. He was
among Vatican officials who warned that J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter
novels made a "false distinction between black and white magic".
He approves, however, of the 1973 film The
Exorcist, which although "exaggerated" offered a "substantially exact"
picture of possession. In 2001 he objected to the introduction of
a new version of the exorcism rite, complaining that it dropped
centuries-old prayers and was "a blunt sword" about which exorcists
themselves had not been consulted. The Vatican said later that he and
other exorcists could continue to use the old ritual.
He is the president of honour of the
Association of Exorcists.
"Do you know what I would do if I was
the Pope for a moment?" Amorth asked. "I would provide every
opportunity for exorcisms. Like the Orthodox Church. There you do not
need the permission of a bishop."
BUCHAREST, Romania, January 31st 2008 — A
priest began a seven-year jail term Wednesday for murdering a young nun
during an exorcism ritual when she was bound, chained to a cross and
denied food and water for days.
Irina Cornici, 23, died from
dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation during an ordeal that stunned
Romania and prompted the Orthodox Church to promise reforms and
psychological tests to screen potential clergy. who had
previously been treated for schizophrenia, had believed she heard the
devil talking to her Cornici, ....
Father Amorth has previously said that people who are possessed by
Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron and have such superhuman
strength that even children have to be held down by up to four people.
... And when one of them dies how many adults will it take to carry the
poor child's coffin?
NEW POPE EXORCISES MAN IN PLAIN VIEW
According to TV2000, a Catholic television channel, the act was carried out in St Peter's Square after Mass on Sunday.
Smiling broadly, the Pope initially shook the man's hand, but the South
American pontiff's expression changed dramatically after a priest from
the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative order, leaned in close and
spoke a few words to him. With a more serious expression on
his face, Francis placed both hands on the man's head for 15
seconds. The pilgrim, said to be a 43-year old married man from
Angelo, then convulsed briefly and emitted a long sigh. His body went
limp and his mouth dropped open.
"Exorcists who have seen the footage have no doubt – this was a prayer
for liberation from Evil, an actual exorcism," said TV2000, which is
owned by the Italian Bishops Conference.
Source: Daily Telegraph:
of Cases of Child Abuse by Priests and What Do These Pious Clergymen
do? Blame it On Satan and demand more Exorcisms!
Surge in Satanism sparks rise in demand for Exorcists, says Catholic Church
A surge in Satanism fuelled by the internet has led
to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcists, the Roman Catholic Church
There's the lie! Another Media 'Un-fact' dutifully trotted out by
Nick Squires to wipe the minds of the British Public with age-old
lies. There is no evidence of a surge in organised Satanism,
but the British media never challenge anything a priest says.
Vatican Exorcists see Satanism everywhere of course, in Art, Music,
Books, Poetry etc. What they call Satanism most ordinary people
call Freedom of Choice, but the media sucker in to the old
one-two every time, as Squires has here:
Let's blame it on anyone except the Priests eh? Can't they blame
it on the Natives? No, that's too racist. Can't they blame it on
the Jews? No, that's too sectarian. Can they blame it on Islam?
No, that's too dangerous! Can they blame it on the Cathars, or
How about the Hugenots? Nope, they already killed hundreds of
thousands of them, there's nobody left to blame there. Tell you
what! Let's blame it on an invented pan-global network of
Satanists, the idiot British Media will always fall for that one eh?
By Nick Squires, in Rome
The web has made it easier than ever before to access information on Devil-worshipping and the occult, experts said.
[Ed: But isn't that just freedom of
speech? Isn't it also true that the web has made access to
religious tracts and teachings just as easy, or in fact easier? So the
balance in favour of churchianity remains biased towards them and not
Satanism. Are sectarian priests really 'experts' in the occult?
Or could they just be lying to serve their own ends as they have done
since time immemorial? ]
Exorcism is the subject of a six-day conference being held this week at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which is under the Vatican's authority.
"The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information
about Satanism," said Carlo Climati, a member of the university who
specialises in the dangers posed to young people by
Satanism. "In just a few minutes you can contact Satanist
groups and research occultism. The conference is not about how to
become an exorcist. It's to share information about exorcism, Satanism
and sects. It's to give help to families and priests. There is a
particular risk for young people who are in difficulties or who are
emotionally fragile," said Mr Climati.
WHAT ABJECT CHEEK! Only two decades after the biggest moral panic
in the world's
history (Satanic Ritual Child Abuse) which was a complete falsity
stemming from Christian activists over-sensitively portraying modern
culture as Satanic as Climati is doing here, and they are at it again
massaging the fears of the
populace over the very same threats to children. This website
shows how these evil people consistently return to these motifs and
create moral panics from which they evilly benefit.
And here, again, the British
Media cannot resist greasing the launchways for them. Nick Squires
shows his Christian bias by printing this nonsense without mentioning
the ongoing problem of thousands upon thousands of documented cases of children being
abused by Catholic Priests across the world which just about brought
the Vatican to it's knees morally and financially (see here).
What a pity their self-fulfilling conference didn't spend a little time
addressing that real and continuing problem instead of inventing a false one about
The object of seminars was to scrutinise the phenomenon of Satanism
with "seriousness and scientific rigour", avoiding a "superficial or
sensational approach", he said. The conference in Rome has
brought together more than 60 Catholic clergy as well as doctors,
psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and youth workers to discuss how
to combat the dangers of Devil-worship.
Organisers say the rise of Satanism has been dangerously underestimated in recent years.
"There's been a revival," said Gabriele Nanni, a former exorcist and another speaker at the course.
[Ed, anyone who has read the text of the Malleus Maleficarum which was
the ancient Vatican manual used to identify and define 'Satanism'
historically will be struck by the obvious conclusion that completely
innocent people were terribly tortured, maimed, raped, and then burned
to death whilst alive and screaming because Priests like Nanni pushed
the same sectarian scares in the 14c. You can download and read the full
unexpurgated text of the Malleus Maleficarum (the Hammer of The
Do it before you suck-in even one iota of these false allegations so
that twisted minds on the make cannot gain power over your thought
In theory, any priest can perform an exorcism a rite involving
prayers to drive the Devil out of the person said to be
possessed. But Vatican officials said three years ago that
parish priests should call in professional exorcists if they suspect
one of their parishioners needs purging of evil.
An exorcist should be called when "the moral certainty has been reached
that the person is possessed", said Father Nanni, a member of the
Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints. That could be
indicated by radical and disturbing changes in the person's behaviour
and voice, or an ability to garble in foreign languages or nonsensical
[Ed: It could also denote severe and
dangerous mental illness which require proper medical treatment - looks
like the Vatican coffers will be wasted on more damages claims in a few
years when priestly experimental exorcism kills a few more victims. But
what does the death of so many mentally disturbed people matter to Nick
Squire, he can always omit challenging the priests about how they
distinguish between someone who is mentally ill and someone who is
possessed by the devil. No need to bother with uncomfortable questions
like that, after all the priests are in full-flow and we don't want to
upset them do we. ]
While the number of genuine cases of possession by the Devil remained
relatively small, "we must be on guard because occult and Satanist
practices are spreading a great deal, in part with the help of the
internet and new technologies that make it easier to access these
rituals," he said.
[Ed: have you noticed how the appeals for the
urgent need for something to be done and the 'estimated threat' to
children from the internet are uncannilly similar here to the recent
claims made about threats to children from surfing adult netporn?
If the priests really did want to protect children from danger they
would of course begin with the endemic problem of child sexual abuse
within their own ranks. Could it simply be that that they are seizing
the moral high-ground in order to reimpose puritanical sexual
oppression by depriving adults of freedom of choice? ]
The Vatican's chief exorcist claimed last year that the Devil lurked in the Vatican, the very heart of the Catholic Church.
Father Gabriele Amorth said people who are possessed by Satan vomit
shards of glass and pieces of iron, scream, dribble and slobber, utter
blasphemies and have to be physically restrained.
He claimed that the sex abuse scandals which have engulfed the Church
in the US, Ireland, Germany and other countries, were proof that the
anti-Christ was waging a war against the Holy See. He said Pope
Benedict XVI believed "wholeheartedly" in the practice of
[Ed: There we have it, the Vatican punch-line. Their
answer to the consistent abuse of tens of thousands of little children
by priests whom they protected from prosecution is not to promise to
hand the abusers over to the police when they are caught but to blame
it all on satan instead! And Idiot Nick Squires
blithely trots this appalling defence out for them aiding and abetting
the further abuse of children whose priestly abusers have not yet been
caught! And so the wheel turns. ]
Source: Daily Telegraph:
Pope Francis Sanctions Mass Exorcism Push
By Anthony Faiola,
After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, pope
Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school
of any pontif since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s
fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind
Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis
has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his
recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image
as a supernatural entity with the forces of evil at his beck and call.
Last year, for instance, Francis laid hands on a man in a wheelchair who
claimed to be possessed by demons, in what many saw as an impromptu act
of cleansing. A few months later, he praised a group long viewed by
some as the crazy uncles of the Roman Catholic Church the
International Association of Exorcists for helping people who suffer
and are in need of liberation.
‘But Father, how old-fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the
21st century,’ Francis, quoting those who have noted his frequent
mentions of the Devil, said last month while presiding over Mass at the
Vatican’s chapel in St. Martha’s House. He warned those gathered on that
chilly morning to be vigilant and not be fooled by the hidden face of
Satan in the modern world. Look out because the Devil is present, he
Since its foundation, the church has taught the existence of the Devil.
But in recent decades, progressive priests and bishops, particularly in
the United States and Western Europe, have tended to couch Satan in more
allegorical terms. Evil became less the wicked plan of the master of
hell than the nasty byproduct of humanity’s free will. Even Pope
Emeritus Benedict XVI, a lofty German theologian, often painted evil
with a broad brush.
Enter the plain-talking first pope from Latin America, where mystical
views of Satan still hold sway in broad areas of the region. During his
time as cardinal of Buenos Aires before rising to the papacy, Francis
was known for stark warnings against the tempter and the father of
lies. Now, his focus on the Devil is raising eyebrows even within the
normally unquestioning walls of Vatican City.
Pope Francis never stops talking about the Devil; it’s constant, said
one senior bishop in Vatican City who spoke on the condition of
anonymity in order to speak freely. Had Pope Benedict done this, the
media would have clobbered him.
Yet, as with so many of his actions, Francis may simply be correctly reading the winds of the Catholic Church.
Rising demand for exorcists
Although it is difficult to measure, Vatican officials talk about a
resurgence of mystical rites in the church, including exorcism or the
alleged act of evicting demons from a living host. Cardinals in Milan;
Turin, Italy; and Madrid, for instance, recently moved to expand the
number of exorcists in their dioceses to cope with what they have
categorized as surging demand.
But by focusing on old-school interpretations of the Devil, some
progressive theologians complain, the pope is undermining his reputation
as a leader who in so many other ways appears to be more in step with
modern society than his predecessor.
“He is opening the door to superstition, said Vito Mancuso, a Catholic theologian and writer.
Among the things lurking behind that door is the alleged gateway to hell
guarded by the small cluster of officially anointed exorcists of the
Roman Catholic Church.
By most accounts, the ranks of official exorcists number between 500 and
600 in a global church of more than 1 billion Catholics, with the vast
majority operating in Latin America and Eastern Europe. This week, at
the ninth and largest Vatican-sanctioned convention on exorcism,
attendees gushed about the fresh recognition being afforded the field.
Almost 200 delegates most of them priests and nuns from more than
two dozen nations talked about how Satanic cults are spreading like
wildfire in the age of the Internet.
The new pope, exorcists say, has become their champion in the face of
modern skeptics, many of them within the Catholic faith. Officially,
those claiming to be possessed must first undergo psychiatric
evaluations. But exorcists say that liberal Catholic bishops have often
rejected their services even after such due diligence.
The sad truth is that there are many bishops and priests in our church
who do not really believe in the Devil, said the Rev. Gabriele Amorth,
the 89-year-old priest who is perhaps the closest thing the church has
to a Hollywood-style exorcist. I believe Pope Francis is speaking to
them. Because when you don’t believe, the Devil wins.
During the conference, the Rev. Cesar Truqui, an exorcist based in
Switzerland, recounted one experience he had aboard a Swissair flight.
Two lesbians, he said, had sat behind him on the plane. Soon
afterward, he said, he felt Satan’s presence. As he silently sought to
repel the evil spirit through prayer, one of the women, he said, began
growling demonically and threw chocolates at his head.
Asked how he knew the woman was possessed, he said that once you hear a
Satanic growl, you never forget it. It’s like smelling Margherita pizza
for the first time. It’s something you never forget.
From his small room in a south Rome rectory fitted with a hospital bed,
Amorth praised Francis for so fully embracing the biblical notion of the
Devil as the personified overlord of hell.
Unlike in the movies, he said, the process of driving demons out typically takes multiple sessions over many years.
An exorcist in action
In a rare glimpse of an official exorcism last week, in a white-tiled
room outfitted with images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, Amorth
wrapped his purple sash around a Neapolitan housewife in her 40s who
said she was afflicted by multiple demons. He then began chanting in
Latin, commanding the devils inside her to reveal themselves.
Tell me your name! he demanded.
No, no, hissed the woman, shaking her head and speaking in an altered
voice as her eyes rolled to the back of her head. I will not!
Tell me your name! he kept repeating, until finally she spat out,
Asmodeus, the name of an ancient demon and hellish spokesman.
How many are you? he yelled, repeating the question as she grunted and shook her head violently.
Finally, she defiantly said, We are five!
After his bout with the demons, the diminutive Amorth simply shrugged.
That, he said, was a light one.
Following the session, the woman and her husband, who gave their names
only as Antonella and Michele, said they had been going through a living
hell for years. They had begged bishops to authorize an exorcism when
Antonella began having uncontrollable fits after receiving Holy
Communion and became violent around religious prayers. But they were
It was only after they were referred to Amorth and began sessions four
years ago, Antonella said, that her condition finally began to improve.
The Devil exists, and thanks to this treatment, I have gotten back my
faith, she said. I think Pope Francis is telling us it’s okay to
Catholic Church Sets Up Exorcism Hotline:
Who You Gonna Call When The People Start Dying?
The Catholic Church has established an exorcist hotline in Milan, its
biggest diocese, to cope with demand. Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the
diocese’s chief exorcist since 1995, said the curia had also appointed
twice as many exorcists to cope with a doubling in the number of requests
for help over 15 years.
People in need can call and will be able to find a priest in the same area
who doesn’t have to travel too far. And to that end, the number of
demon-busting priests on call has increased from six to 12.
The Monsignor said he knew of one exorcist who had been seeing up to 120
people a day. But with so little time per client he was only able to offer
a quick blessing. That’s not enough, he said. There should be two to four
appointments a day, no more, otherwise it’s too much.
It’s not clear why the number of suspected possessions has risen so
sharply. But Monsignor Mascheroni said that part of the increase might be
explained by the rising numbers of parents having difficulty controlling
Not all Catholic exorcists take such a pragmatic approach, however. Father
Gabriele Amorth, who was the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years, claims
to have dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession.
Father Amorth said that sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church
were proof that the Devil is at work inside the Vatican. He also claimed
that satanic behaviour lay behind Vatican attempts to cover up the deaths
of Alois Estermann, then commander of the Swiss Guard, his wife and another
Swiss Guard, Corporal Cedric Tornay, in 1998.
Father Amorth also took a dim view of fantasy novels and yoga. Practising
the latter, he once warned, was satanic; it leads to evil just like
reading Harry Potter.
Friday 30 November 2012: Source:
More Deaths In The Offing As Nutter
Exorcists Line Up To Do Battle With Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
Mentally Ill Will Fall Into Their
Clutches Instead of Getting Medical Aid
The Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance,is sponsoring
a special Conference on Exorcism, to be held in Baltimore in early
The conference will address not only the
theological and scriptural foundations of the Rite of Exorcism but it
will also provide the necessary, practical insights into the many
liturgical, canonical and pastoral issues associated with exorcisms and
the Church’s battle against the demonic presence in the world and the
lives of the Christian faithful.
The first afternoon session will focus on
the phenomenon of evil in contemporary culture; and responses and
resources available to address the presence of evil, particularly
through the use of exorcism.
The dreaded Malleus Maleficarum - The Treatise Which formalised
the Vatican's View of Possession and Devils, and influences it
even today as satan-hunter Amorth's irrational attitude proves.
The 15c Malleus Maleficarum
was authorised by the papacy and caused the
deaths of millions of innocent people, usually women. Because
idiot politicians and opportunist charities are backing this new 'moral
imperative' more of those deaths are likely to occur again. You can see
how it happened before and get an insight into this disgusting church
book and how it is even today influencing and promoting misogynist attitudes; by going here.
And it isn't just Catholic priests who are going bonkers! Look at this!
Latest Evangelical Move To Hijack NHS bill parroted by BBC (British
Broadcasting Christians) as Though Necessary. See here for full details:
Exorcism seminar draws in crowd of hundreds
A conference on evil and the unknown
compelled hundreds to gather at a weekday presentation offered by the
Catholic Diocese of San Angelo.
About 700 individuals from all over West
Texas traveled to San Angelo Monday for a seminar on exorcism and
"It's one of the best presentations we've
ever had," said Bishop Michael Pfeifer with the Catholic Diocese of San
Angelo. "It's something very, very unique. The people were enthralled,
and they had so many questions to ask."
The seminar was led by the Rev. Dennis
McManus, whose appointed ministry with the Archdiocese of New York is
exorcism. Priests, deacons and lay people attended the free and public
presentation Monday; the seminar then was extended for clergy throughout
Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Exorcism has been portrayed in movies for
decades, usually with only a bit of truth, according to the bishop. The
issue of dealing with the devil is represented throughout the Bible,
Peifer said. He cited the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden, which Pfeifer refers to as the original sin, and Jesus's own
confrontations with the devil. One of the powers Jesus gave his
disciples was the power to cast out devils, Pfeifer added.
"Over the centuries, ritual books have
been prepared by the churches to be used in exorcisms and dealing with
diabolical influence," Pfeifer said. Different forms of that influence
include obsession, such as with sex, drugs or alcohol; posession, which
commonly is referred to as the haunting of places or things; and the
most critical case of possession, when the devil takes over a person.
Possession is usually the stage that requires a major exorcism.
"It's a very frightening and difficult
experience," Pfeifer said. Though he said he has participated in
exorcisms in West Texas, he would not disclose the number of cases or
details about the experiences. Ritual prayers and sacraments such as
holy water are used, he said.
Pfeifer said he believes there is demonic influence in West Texas
manifested through cults and Satan worship, but more so through secular
things in the world that can be used for good, such as the Internet. He
listed voodoo as a type of possible cult, but said it wasn't very
prevalent in West Texas.
Every baptized Catholic has gone through a simple form of an exorcism,
Pfeifer said. One of the prayers a priest uses while baptising a person
is to free him or her from the evil influence of the devil and put the
person under the care of Jesus. This is because of original sin, which
Pfeifer said all Catholics believe carries on throughout the human
"We're not born into a perfect state," Pfeifer said. "We're born into a state that's been tainted by sin."
Priests receive the power of exorcism
when they are ordained, but cannot perform an actual exorcism without
the bishop's permission. Someone who is believed to be possessed must go
through physical and psychological checkups, and show signs of
supernatural power or be speaking in tongues, according to the Rev.
Frank Chavez of San Miguel de Archangel Catholic Church. Chavez, who
said he found the event informative, said he never has participated in
an exorcism and doesn't anticipate facing such an experience in his
"Am I being cynical? No, I don't think
so," he said. "There's a lot of things that are unexplained in this
world that you can't laugh at or throw under the rug that someone's
Chavez has been approached by
congregation members and others who have visited curaderos, or folk
healers, or heard from friends that they are possessed. He often helps
people who have demonic influence in the form of obsessions by praying
and giving advice, he said.
"What we have to do with them is hear their stories and make a judgment," he said.
MORE AVOIDABLE CASES OF RELIGIOUS KILLING OF
POSTSCRIPT: John Freedom's
comes horrifingly true as 8 year old Victoria Climbe is beaten to
by Christian Fanatics in an Exorcism. Right under the
of London Social Workers! Government spends millions on a
and ashes whitewash whilst the Everyman team hide their faces from
S.A.F.F. PROPHESIES COME TERRIBLY TRUE
world-wide. Look at this:
www.saff.org.uk/witchild.htm and weep!
Christian Agent Provocateurs Use Hollywood To Damage More People's Minds
Faith takes center stage in 'Exorcist' play
Jul. 27, 2012 :
-- Mention the word "exorcism" to most people, and you get descriptions
of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing
serpentine tongues. But don't expect to see these eye-popping visual
effects in this summer's stage version of "The Exorcist" at the Geffen
Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Instead, the production will have "minimal"
according to playwright John Pielmeier, who adapted William Peter
Blatty's best-selling 1971 novel for the stage.
Pielmeier says that his version needs no spinning
heads or green
bile. Instead, there will be a simple set with a minimal cast. And
rather than revolve around a young girl's demonic possession, the story
will focus upon a series of clever debates between the demon and the
"The fact that the devil can lie and loves to
lie is a great toy for
a dramatist to deal with," he says. "I think the irony of how Satan
functions in this piece is delicious."
The "Exorcist" story of a young girl's demonic
possession and the
Catholic priests who try to save her became a box-office hit when the
movie was first released in 1973 and later spawned two sequels as well
as two prequels. There was even an "Exorcist" parody in 1990.
Pielmeier, the 63-year-old playwright and author
of both the stage
and screen versions of "Agnes of God," describes himself as "a rather
confused ex-Catholic" who wrote this play as a way of working out
own religious conflicts. Catholicism "is still with me," he explains.
"I was raised in a very devout family and was a very devout child. And
it doesn't go away."
He says "The Exorcist" is for doubters and
nonbelievers who might initially scoff at the idea of demonic
Fr. Gary Thomas, a Vatican-certified exorcist and
counterpart to the Colin O'Donoghue character in last year's film "The
Rite," agreed that exorcisms can be a reaffirmation of a person's faith
in God. "For a nonbeliever, I would say there's great conversion. For a
believer, it can be an affirmation of what they already believe," he
Pielmeier also points out how the story of "The
relevant today. "I think the piece is very much about
explains. "I think the devil is a terrorist. That's a line in the play.
The devil functions as a terrorist by disseminating fear and doubt. His
power comes from making us afraid and from instilling doubt and despair
"The fact that the devil can lie and loves to lie is a great toy for a dramatist to deal with,"
The Devil can lie and loves to lie, says the director Pielmeier -
but he fails to mention that ordained priests are liars of an equal
magnitude. They have lied and cheated for decades in order to hide an
estimated 40,000 child-abusing priests within their ranks. Current cases show that many of their child victims
were being abused whilst Blatty was writing his novel!
Pielmeier leaves everyone wondering whether he is speaking metaphorically or whether he really does believe in
the existence of a praeter-human entity called The Devil? Is this another media Catholic in
mid-life crisis trying to featherbed his credits-for-heaven just in case all that Hellfire and Damnation turns
out to be true?
The SAFF sincerely hopes that Pielmeier is not using popular culture to disguise a sectarian attempt to
re-popularse belief in the exorcism rite which has caused so many deaths of children and adults over the
years since the Exorcist film was first broadcast in 1973
Although the Catholic Church was up in arms over The Exorcist when it was first shown
(including massive protests outside cinemas screening it throughout the U.S. and the U.K.) they soon
discovered that it actually put the frighteners on nominal Catholics and brought many of them who
were having strange times back to the fold by blaming life's vicissitudes on...The Devil. Is this story of the
aeonic battle with evil just
another attempt to draw the faithfull's attention away from 40,000 child abusing priests?
Well, as Hollywood insiders always say "There's no such thing as bad publicity".
Hollywood knows that 'Good Box Office' is something innocents often have to foot the bill for.
Ask the maimed survivors of the Colorado Batman Cinema Shootimg whether the new Batman Film got
publicity the movie's makers couldn't buy? Then ask how many semi-unhinged fundamentalists will see
Pielmeier's play as confirmation of the existence of possession and later feel justified in beating
the life out of a toddler whilst Pielmeier indulges himself in arty-crafty nonsense elsewhere?
The point is, Pielmeier, Blatty himself is on record as saying that he doesn't believe in the existence of the Devil
- his book was not a documentary, it was a novel you feckless idiot.
Why are we so angry at this new production? Because the original
Exorcist book and film is about the enforced exorcism of a
pre-pubescent child and this production comes at a time when the
torture and killing of children in exorcism ceremonies
has reached epidemic proportions world-wide. Pielmeier has apparently
done little or no research into his subject and is seemingly totally
ignorant of these dangers. He made many changes to the original story
to suit himself and production limitations
Instances of society's campaign to stop child abuse is everywhere and in everyone's mind -
why didn't Pielmeier change the possessed character to an adult as a precaution?
Pielmeier says that the crux of his version is the dialogue
between the devil and the priest. If that is the case then changing the
possessed character from a child to an adult might have improved the
dialectic, but being irresponsible Pielmeier still retains the child's
involvement, presumably for the shock-horror value. On one hand the
media produces a cacophony of articles demanding society deal with
child-abuse, and on the other it produces plays like this which promote