An exorcism, as defined by the Catholic Church is a specific form of prayer that the Church uses against the power of the devil. Many are skeptical as to whether exorcisms are real or if they are solely just a scare-tactic used in movies. This is one of those things that you will have to make your own informed decision about.
Do Exorcisms Really Happen?
I listened to Patrick Bet-David’s podcast PBD earlier this week as he interviewed a Priest named Father Vincent Lampert. The Priest has conducted many exorcisms himself and also has sat in on 40+ exorcisms for his apprenticeship. He claimed that Priests are trained to be skeptics, so that the right people are getting helped. They must endure a psychiatric review and also physical review from professionals before the exorcism is conducted.
Father Vincent says that he’s seen a lot of terrifying things such as people having superhuman strength, speaking different languages, and embodying other people. He even recalled one situation in which a person levitated 1 foot above a chair. While this might be hard to believe, there is an exorcism course every year at the Vatican. Priests are chosen to fulfill their duty to exorcize demons from people, then must undergo their training in Rome. There is never a charge to get exorcized by a real, qualified Priest.
Unfortunately, videotaping of exorcisms are not allowed due to confidentiality agreements. Although, there is one (disturbing) case that is quite famous and real. Maybe you’ve heard of the movie “The Exorcism Of Emily Rose“; this was based on Anneliese Michel, a real documented exorcism. There is a video on YouTube where you can listen to Anneliese changing into different people, using different voices. Be warned, it’s a disturbing video.. but you can watch by clicking here.
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