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Houston’s Daniel Cardinal DiNardo speaks at exorcism training

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This past Friday and Saturday an exorcism training was held in Baltimore, Maryland ahead of the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., who organized the conference said only a tiny number of U.S. Catholic priests have enough training and knowledge to perform an exorcism

More than 50 bishops and 60 priests were signed up to attend. The intent of the training was to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed and review the prayers and rituals that comprise an exorcism.

Among the guest speakers was Houston’s own Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

"Learning the liturgical rite is not difficult," Cardinal DiNardo said in a phone interview before the conference, which was open to clergy only. "The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite."

Exorcism has deep roots in Christianity. The New Testament contains several examples of Jesus casting out evil spirits from people, and the church notes these acts in the Catholic Catechism. Whether or not individual Catholics realize it, each of them undergoes what the church calls a minor exorcism at baptism that includes prayers renouncing Satan and seeking freedom from original sin.

"When it was evening, they brought Him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by His word, and He healed all that were sick"

Matthew 8:16.

A renewed focus on exorcism by the Church highlights the belief that evil is real.

DiNardo said some Catholics who ask for exorcisms are really seeking, "prayerful support. They're asking for formation in the faith." Still, he said sometimes the rite is warranted.

"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 much attached to what would be either physical or psychological explanation for certain phenomena," DiNardo said. "We may have forgotten that there is a spiritual dimension to people."

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  • Keith Richard Radford Jr 3 years ago

    I remember living behind a church where Brian Lamb, used too have a wood shop. At that place of residence, after playing in the mud the way young children will sometimes with my uncle who mixed a glass of this red clay in water and told me it was chocolate milk. After drinking, I broke out with ring worm all over my body & my mom told me it was writing that could not be understood so she had a priest come in from the church. I had a fever of well over a hundred I was a bloody mess with the infection. The priest came in with outer guys and one had a camera. Priests would throw me across the room the other snapped pictures. I would fall on furniture & the floor & they would yell at me get on the bed, don't get off the bed very loud & when I would crawl back on the bed they would pick me up and throw me over & over again well the other priest would snap pictures & this went on till one guy said we have enough picture & they left me in the blood, mud, and bedding, then my aunt came in with some save that was for ring worm. She spread the save & kidded me about dying when the rings got to my heart. After getting well I went back to the wood shop and the guys had made me special shield & gave me my sword which were both made of wood and I had to fight one of the guys in my shorts because I did not want to remove them & the other guy was naked. I was still not up too speed & lost the battle. They then called me the bad guy. Leaving the room saying I needed discipline. HA! a suet!

  • alexis cruz sanchez 8 months ago

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  • Maria 2 months ago

    Jesus said that anyone who did ocult rites needs exorcism. Please review yourself for 2012 -2014 Jesus urgent messages to Humankind in www.oracionesydevocionescatolicas.com

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