Roman Catholic Exorcism
Exorcism according to roman catholic faith
The exorcism in the Roman Catholic faith is for those who are believed to be the victims of demonic possession. In Roman Catholicism, exorcism is sacramental but not a sacrament, unlike baptism or confession. Unlike a sacrament, exorcism's "integrity and efficacy do not depend ... on the rigid use of an unchanging formula or on the ordered sequence of prescribed actions. Its efficacy depends on two elements: authorization from valid and licit Church authorities, and the faith of the exorcist. The Catholic Church revised the Rite of Exorcism in January 1999, though the traditional Rite of Exorcism in Latin is allowed as an option. The ritual assumes that possessed persons retain their free will, though the demon may hold control over their physical body, and involves prayers, blessings, and invocations with the use of the document Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications.
Solemn exorcisms, according to the Canon law of the Church, can be exercised only by an ordained priest (or higher prelate), with the express permission of the local bishop, and only after a careful medical examination to exclude the possibility of mental illness. The Catholic Encyclopedia (1908) enjoined: "Superstition ought not to be confounded with religion, however much their history may be interwoven, nor magic, however white it may be, with a legitimate religious rite." Things listed in the Roman Ritual as being indicators of possible demonic possession include: speaking foreign or ancient languages of which the possessed has no prior knowledge; supernatural abilities and strength; knowledge of hidden or remote things which the possessed has no way of knowing; an aversion to anything holy; and profuse blasphemy and/or sacrilege
When exorcism is required
According to the Vatican guidelines issued in 1999, “the person who claims to be possessed must be evaluated by doctors to rule out a mental or physical illness. Most reported cases do not require an exorcism because twentieth-century Catholic officials regard genuine demonic possession as an extremely rare phenomenon that is easily confounded with natural mental disturbances. Many times a person just needs spiritual or medical help, especially if drugs or other addictions are present. After the need of the person has been determined then the appropriate help will be met. In the circumstance of spiritual help, prayers may be offered, or the laying on of hands or a counseling session may be prescribed.
The symptoms of demonic possession
Signs of demonic invasion vary depending on the type of demon and its purpose, including:
- You need to definitely avoid them if they ask your mother name. Only sorcerers, black magicians ask for that and who has Muakkil (Jinn)
- Loss or lack of appetite
- Cutting, scratching, and biting of skin
- A cold feeling in the room
- Unnatural bodily postures and change in the person's face and body
- The possessed losing control of their normal personality and entering into a frenzy or rage, and/or attacking others
- Change in the person's voice
- Supernatural physical strength not subject to the person's build or age
- Speaking or understanding another language which they had never learned before
- Knowledge of things that are distant or hidden
- Prediction of future events (sometimes through dreams)
- Levitation and moving of objects / things
- Expelling of objects / things
- Intense hatred and violent reaction toward all religious objects or items
- Antipathy towards entering a church, speaking Jesus' name or hearing scripture.