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A Look At The Growing Need To Battle The Devil
I've gone ahead and reprinted this article here because I feel that there is a real need to get this
current information out to as many people as possible. No matter what they show us on the
Paranormal Shows on TV, nobody really knows how many folks are in trouble with evil living in their
homes and they are clueless how to fight it and protect themselves and their families.
Between all the shows we see on TV and the amount of new ones joining the crowd, these guys
seem pretty busy to me and then shows like the Dead Files where Amy & Steve seem to have a
multitude of resources who they can call upon to help their clients in need that have no idea where
to start the search for the kind of help they are looking for. I mean ya don't just find that kind of help
in the yellow pages.
This article surely shocked me that the Vatican would even allow their churches to reveal this kind
of information to the public, but then again who would have a better idea of just how many people
are out there that are needing help. It sounds like they are short on staff and have people waiting
for assistance. Read this article and see what you think.
US Exorcists: Demonic Activity On The Rise
by: Patty Armstrong
A priest does not need a bishops permission to do minor exorcisms in situations
where there is an evil influence, Bishop Paprocki explained, "It's just a matter of
praying to God to overcome evil influences."
Bishop Paprocki, who has also given lectures at the Pope Leo XIII institute, said he
likes to emphasize the difference between major and minor exorcisms, "a minor
exorcism occurs very frequently in the church, every time we do a baptism," he told
the Register. " It a matter of rejecting satan and all his works."
" The only one that can overcome satan is Jesus," said Father Esseff, " he overcomes the
kingdom of evil with light and every priest represents Jesus, the devil does not see the
priest - he sees Jesus."
"I'm hoping bishops are becoming more aware of their chief role as exorcists for the
diocese", Father Esseff said, "There is also still some resistance of the reality of satan" in
the church among priests and bishops, he added,"as if there is evil and not the devil."
The Pope Leo XIII Institute graduated the first class of 55 exorcists, priests and deacons from
its two year program in 2015. The training involves 10 day sessions given at Mundelein
Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago, twice a year for two years. A second class of 52 will
graduate in the fall of 2015
" As the acceptance of sin has increased, so, too has demonic activity." Msgr. Esseff said,
"The bishops saw the need for more trained exorcists because so many cases were being
referred from all over the country to the diocese that had exorcist.  "A person should be
cared for in his own diocese.", he added.
Msgr. John Esseff, president of the institutes board of directors, was one of the founding
members. He has been a priest for 63 years and an exorcist in the Diocese of Scranton,
Pennsylvania for 40 years. He often gives talks at the institute on exorcism and deliverance.
It was also a response to Pope St. John Paul II's recommendation that every diocese
appoint an exorcist. A spokesman with the U.S. bishops conference said that although
ideally every diocese should have its own exorcist, no statistics are kept as to the actual
numbers.
As a direct response to the need for trained exorcists in the US, the Milwaukee based
Pope Leo XII institute was founded in 2012 to support, "the spiritual formation of priests to
bring the light of Christ to dispel evil." It began as a series of formal meetings at the
request of U.S. Bishops wanting education and training.
To help support Bishops , in 2010, while he was chairman of the committee on Canonical
Affairs and Church Governance for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop
Paprocki organized a two day conference on all aspects of exorcism.
The Catholic bishops are aware of increased reports of demonic activity because a priest
can only perform an exorcism with episcopal permission. According to Bishop Thomas
Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, "Canon law requires a Bishop to give
permission before a priest can do a major exorcism, but Bishop's don't receive any formal
training in exorcism."
When he was appointed as an exorcist by his Bishop in 2005, there were only 12 others.
He said now there are about 50 other exorcists that he personally knows of in US.
"In possessions," Father Lampert said, "I have seen eyes rolled in the back of the
head, throwing out obscenities, bodily contortions, foul odor, temperature drop in the
room, and I've witnessed some levitating.
He explained that demonic infestation happens in places where things might move
and there are loud noises. With vexation a person is physically attacked and might
have marks such as bruises, bites and scratches. Demonic possession involves
mental attacks, such as persistent thoughts of evil racing through ones mind.
Actual demonic possessions are rare, however, Father Lambert explained, "I've only
seen 3 possessions in the last three years, but there is also infestation, vexation and
obsession."
Last October, Father Lampert met in Rome with the International Association of
Exorcists, a group of 400 Catholic leaders and priests. It is a support group thats
meets every other year. According to him, group members agree that there is a great
need for more exorcists.
"The problem isn't that the devil has upped his game, but more people are willing to
play it." Father Lampert said. He pointed to rampart pornography, illegal drugs, and
the occult. "Where there is demonic activity, there is always an entry point.", he said.
Although the identities of most exorcists are hidden, Father Lampert often gives talks
to warn against evil and turn people toward the power of God. In an interview with the
Register Newspaper, he says that he sees an increasing number of people involved in
satanic rituals and opening themselves up to evil.
Father Vincent Lampert has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
since 2005 & is the pastor of St. Malachy's in Indianapolis. He trained at the North
American College in Rome and assisted in more than 40 exorcisms with long time
Italian exorcist Father Carmine De Filippi.
Indianapolis - There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by
those that work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of
Indianapolis. Although steps are being taken to increase the number of exorcists,
demand is still outpacing supply.
Bishops Respond
Minor Exorcisms
"Father Lampert cautions people not to give to much attention to the devil, as
well, the focus should be on God and Jesus Christ, " he said, When I remind
myself that God is in charge, it puts everything into perspective, and the worry
and fear dissipates." He added,"If people would build up their faith lives, the devil
will be defeated."
Everyone interviewed for this article stated that the ordinary work of the devil is
temptation, so it is sin that gives him a foothold in peoples lives. They all
encourage people to have strong prayer lives and to go to confession and receive
the Holy Eucharist frequently.
"Its not the exorcist that have the power," Father Lampert said, but the power and
authority of the church that comes from Jesus Christ. "Catholics understand that
people don't have that power."
He referred to the example in  Acts 19, when some Jewish exorcists tried to expel
an evil spirit. The devil said, "Jesus I recognize Paul I know, but who are you?"
Then he attacked them.
Father Lampert said that a priest, and even laypeople can pray minor exorcism
prayers because they address God. "The lay faithful should not give commands to
the demons," he said. " Demons recognize the authority of bishops and the church.
If you claim authority on your own, it can get you into trouble, " he warned the laity.
"The reason a major exorcism needs a bishops permission is because he speaks
directly to the devil and commands him in the name of Jesus Christ to leave that
person," he said, " For the priest to be able to do that, he needs the authority of the
church behind him."
Father Vincent Lampert