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His training experience became the subject of , published in 2009, and he also consulted on the derived film, The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins.Fr Thomas tries to answer all exorcism inquiries that come to him.And it's my role and my team's to discern what it is. " is any indication, full possessions require an incredible amount of effort, energy and knowledge to exorcise.The ethereal baddies do seem to come in different degrees or levels of malevolence and staying power."Often the stories are very complicated and many (seeking help) have been suffering for a long time" he says. These are the local ones (in my parish)." In the past 10 years, Fr Thomas has performed 50 to 60 exorcisms.He describes his correspondents as "desperate" people who have had no positive results from going down the path of psychology and psychiatry. Sometimes he gets requests for exorcism from outside the US, recently from Turkey, but most commonly from India and Africa.Then, in 2004, Pope John Paul II sounded the alarm that occult and New Age activity was raging out of control in Europe, providing gateways for evil that could result in demonic attachment and possession. any number of things can apparently provide 'openings' through which 'possession' of some form or another takes place.
For years after the Roman Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council or Vatican II (1962-65), which resulted in new Church practices deemed compatible with the contemporary world, it was taboo for priests to speak of Satan as if he really existed.
The Pope publicly advocating that the devil is living among us has increased the belief for some that exorcism might be the cure for their suffering and has been referred to as "the Pope Francis effect".
Comment: Yes, well, there's something rather more mundane going on with 'Francey'; he's a pope with a conscience, a rarity in the halls of the Vatican.
Comment: They're correct about two out of these three of these trends.
They certainly have a point about the failure of the mental healthcare system to provide any kind of spirit release therapy, which would certainly be a useful modality for those afflicted with 'attachments' of an ethereal nature.
Whether a diocese even has an official exorcist is the sole decision of its bishop.