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The Catholic Battle: Do you believe in the supernatural?

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“OMG! Call Sam and Dean Winchester!”, was the comment on a YouTube video about the Illuminati and the music business. I thought this was funny! I watch the CW show “Supernatural”, where the Winchester brothers fight evil monsters and demons with the help of sometimes flawed angels. But we all know that demons (and the Illuminati) are not real, don't we?

Many news services are beginning to rethink that. A story is circulating through the news outlets about a haunting and possession in Gary Indiana. The report tells of an single mother and two of her children who have been possessed by demons. This would all sound silly if it weren't for reliable and respected witnesses.

Reputable news outlets such as The Huffington Post and USA Today are covering the story and the Daily Mail has offered and outlined the main points as follows:

“Exclusive audio and video footage from the exorcisms of Latoya Ammons.

Latoya Ammons was 'possessed' along with her three children after moving into home in Gary, Indiana, in 2011.
Video shows police, utterly convinced case is real, being given a tour by Latoya's mother.

She claims children were 'satanic chanting' and saw 'big, black monster'.

Police audio also features a 'demon' rasping 'hey' in the basement .Sons were taken to hospital after one was inexplicably thrown in the house - while there a nurse and a CPS worker saw him 'glide' backwards up a wall.

Town's veteran police chief, Charles Austin, says basement is 'portal to hell' and he saw objects moving and shadowy people.

He even claims he was 'attacked' away from the house by spirits

MailOnline also has obtained picture of 'frozen' finger of DCS worker who touched mystery ooze that was dripping in house. She never returned

Catholic priest Father Michael Maginot carried out exorcisms on Ammons in English and Latin and talks of his personal battles with named demons.”

This may be good news for paranormal researchers but, for many, it is simply confusing. Those who would debunk it would have to agree on three points. First of all , there is no scientific evidence to support the concepts of ghosts, spirits, devils, or demons. Secondly, all involved must be either mentally deficient, hypnotized or delusional, And lastly, there is no reliable witnesses or corroboration. But wait! What of the law enforcement, government and health care personnel who were witness to and affected by the events? We will leave out the clergy for now...

Most of the above professionals would probably be putting their careers on the line by speaking of such things publicly. This is tantamount to a pilot reporting UFO's or a Park Ranger seeing Bigfoot. Certainly these things are questionable offences.

It is funny to think that when there is mystery and the supernatural that it is eventually turned over to the clergy... and not just any clergy but Catholic clergy. On his blog "Standing On My Head" at Patheos.com, Fr. Dwight Longenecker noted,"One of the striking things about this story is that those concerned did not call a Protestant pastor to conduct the exorcism. I was once called to a house in my parish that was haunted and when I asked the people why they didn’t call their own pastor of the local megachurch they just laughed and said their pastor couldn’t handle stuff like that and they knew they needed to call a Catholic priest.”

Many paranormal researchers beleve that, including the folks at “Paranornal State”, who regularly use Catholic priests, prayers, and St. Benedict medals (engraved with an exorcism prayer) to remedy the hauntings and the haunted. In fact, even Sam and Dean Winchester make an impresive show of using Latin texts (typically reserved for Catholic rites) for exorcising demons.

There is something to our culture which seems to both accept and deny the supernatural. In fiction, like the Supernatural TV series and movies like The Exorcist and the Harry Potter series, it is ok to acknowlege it for entertainment purposes. The obsession with the Illuminati and secret pacts with the devil in the music business is even of playful interest. But what about when it happens in real life? If you believe, then indeed you seek out the big guns... Do you believe?

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