In light of all the talk about the Pope and exorcists,I would like to republish my post of Sunday, 20 June 2010....
Exorcism, the Church Militant and Our lady of Lourdes Toronto
“One of the purposes of the book,” he noted, “was to take back the proper understanding of exorcism by placing it squarely in the context of the Church's pastoral ministry.”
In reading this I am taken back to my visit to Toronto in 2008. The Pope had announced that every Archdiocese throughout the world must have an official exorcist. It was a matter discussed on national TV. There were those for and against the issue, even within the church. Psychologists had their say. It was a big thing in Toronto.
In Trinidad, such an issue was under the radar. I don't know that it was ever discussed in any public forum.
What got me upset though, was that I went to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for Mass one sunday morning with my family. To get to the nearest church we had to walk through "the village". The village is an area frequented by homosexuals. On that particular sunday there was a street "fair". Sex clothes, toys and various apparatus and booths were laid out in public. And Yes, that got me upset, but what really bothered me was the Priest at our lady of Lourdes.
The reading for that week was Matthew 15:21-28: Then Jesus answered her, 'Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.' And her daughter was healed instantly.
The Homily was about exorcism and even in all the talk about exorcism the priest spoke about exorcism as addictions... not spiritual. How can you direct someone to heaven, a spiritual place, and not guide people in
spiritual matters? Especially when the bible clearly shows that Jesus exorcised demons on several occasions.... and not just Jesus. Read the Acts of the apostles.
Fr. Euteneuer underscored Exorcism in Jesus' Ministry, “He healed the sick, He preached the Gospel and He cast out demons. He continues to do those works in and through the Church and that it what he handed on to the Church to do.”