THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
SURGE OF EVIL
January 29, 2018
We are in the end times, and so there is a surge in demonic
activity. Unfortunately, the enemy is succeeding, and many
Catholics are falling away. There is a growing apostasy.
Our counter assault is not just more trained exorcists, but
more importantly a more concerted and determined evangelization,
which aims to bring people to meet Christ and ultimately to
Our struggle is with evil spirits, as we engage in spiritual
warfare. The concern should not just be about social justice
issues such as poverty, immigration and climate change, but
more importantly about faith, family and life.
Arise, holy warriors!
Exorcist alerts Irish bishops to an alarming
increase in evil activity
Ireland, January 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) A renowned
Irish exorcist called upon his country’s bishops to
provide more backup in dealing with an
“exponential” surge of evil.
Father Pat Collins wrote an open letter to Church hierarchy
in which he also reported seeing a
parallel between the increase in evil activity with a growing
apostasy within the Church.
“As this has happened,” he wrote, “there
has been increasing evidence of the malicious activity of
the evil one.”
The Irish priest reported being flooded almost daily with
desperate people asking for his help in handling what they
believe to be demonic possession and other evil activity.
Father Collins said he was “baffled” the Irish
bishops aren’t doing more to designate priests to address
the various inquiries, The Irish Catholic reported,
which include people declaring supernatural encounters, being
pulled from their beds and also out-and-out possession.
Father Collins noted that Pope Francis gave formal recognition
to the International Association of Exorcists (IAE) in 2014,
which is a group of some 300 exorcists from 30 different countries.
The IAE has reported a significant
increase in demonic activity in recent few years,
according to a report from Catholic News Agency (CNA).
The National Catholic Register reported last March
on an alarming increase in reports of demonic activity
with the number of exorcists outpaced by demand.
Father Vincent Lampert, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of
Indianapolis since 2005, told the Register that actual demonic
possessions are rare.
“I’ve only seen three possessions in the last
three years,” he said, “but there is also
infestation, vexation and obsession.”
Demonic infestation happens in places where objects might
move and there are loud noises, Father Lampert explained.
In cases of vexation, a person is physically attacked and
may sustain marks, including bruises, bites or scratches.
Demonic obsession entails mental attacks, such as persistent
thoughts of evil running through a person’s mind.
“In possessions,” Father Lampert said, “I
have seen eyes rolled back in the head, throwing out obscenities,
bodily contortions, foul odors, temperatures drop in the room,
and I’ve witnessed someone levitating.”
The Catholic Church draws clear distinction between demonic
activity and psychological issues, stating in its Catechism,
“it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with
the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness” (CCC
The rules of the Catholic rite of exorcism were recently updated
to also state that an individual who believes they are possessed
must rule out mental issues first before seeking an exorcism,
the CAN report said. Having done that, if exorcism is still
needed, they may pursue an inquiry with their diocese’s
trained and appointed exorcist.
A spokesperson for the Irish bishops’ conference confirmed
for The Irish Catholic that the Church does require
each diocese to have a trained exorcist who knows how to differentiate
between demonic possession and mental or physical illness.
The spokesperson also said, however that, “Exorcisms
are very rare and this office has not been made aware of any
cases of ‘exorcism’ in Ireland in recent years.”
Father Collins said it was possible that that he’s sought
out by so many people seeking help because he’s well
known as an exorcist. But he said there has definitely been
a dramatic increase in people
experiencing manifestations of evil.
“I can’t judge from my own subjective experience
because people see on the Internet that I’m supposed
to be an exorcist,” he said, “so I get an inordinate
number of calls from people, and emails. All I can say is
I have that reputation, but it’s only in recent years
that the demand has risen exponentially.”
“What I’m finding out desperately is people who
in their own minds believe rightly or wrongly –
that they’re afflicted by an evil spirit,” said
Father Collins, also a trained psychologist.
Even in cases where demonic possession is not present, he
added, people who come to the Church for help are frequently
not getting it.
“I think in many cases they wrongly think it,”
he said regarding demonic activity, “but when they turn
to the Church, the Church doesn’t know what to do with
them and they refer them on either to a psychologist or to
somebody that they’ve heard of that is interested in
this form of ministry, and they do fall between the cracks
and often are not helped.”
It often takes several meetings with a trained priest to discern
what the individual is experiencing and that it does not involve
a demonic spirit and instead either a medical, psychiatric
or psychological problem, he said.
Father Collins told The Irish Catholic it’s clear in
the Bible that exorcism is fundamental to the ministry of
Jesus, and that he wondered
whether clergy in Church today still believe that there are
evil spirits, stating, “I suspect they don’t.”
He said that for Church leadership to think there’s
demand for priests who are familiar with the ritual of exorcism
is to be “out of touch with reality.”
Father Collins was also critical of the lack of training for
exorcists in the Church in a documentary on evil that aired
last November, saying at the time it “deeply”
The priest said the Church was right for admitting its sinfulness
in not defending children during the sex abuse scandal and
for the measures put in place since. “But it appalls
me that we have no safeguarding from the evil spirits.”
“I say that in the sense that we don’t train anybody
to deal with these cases,” he said. “Priests –
it’s not that they don’t care – but they
don’t know enough about it.”
Father Collins said it was the responsibility of the Irish
bishops to implement this training, Dublin Live reported.
“The buck has to land on the bishop’s desk. Who
have you trained in your diocese?” he said. “I
would say to bishops, ‘Woe to you that neglect the spiritual
care of the people.’”