On the popular radio show, Coast to Coast AM, Joseph Laycock, a professor from Texas State University, discussed the different views on exorcism...

"In the latter half, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Texas State University, Joseph P. Laycock, discussed beliefs and practices surrounding exorcism from across cultures and religions, including information from scientific papers, letters by clergy, and treatises by physicians and theologians. In the Catholic tradition, demons often go after very holy people, he explained. In contrast, among evangelical groups a person may become susceptible to demons after dabbling with a Ouija board or the occult. Some people, he continued, have no memory of their exorcism and parts of their possession, while others have vivid recall, including a woman who wrote a letter to her exorcist in the voice of the demon that inhabited her.

The number of exorcisms around the world seems to be on the rise, he reported, and the day before Easter Sunday 2020, Carlo Maria Vigano, an Italian archbishop of the Catholic Church called on his fellow clergy to perform a "mass exorcism" on Holy Saturday, in order to quell Satan's "frenzy" during the coronavirus pandemic. For the Catholic Church to approve an exorcism on an individual, they look for specific signs of possession, including speaking in a language unknown to the person, a type of clairvoyance or knowing things they couldn't possibly know, superhuman strength, and blasphemous rage. Some exorcism attempts can go on for years, Laycock detailed, such as a 1928 case in Iowa. He recounted the fascinating alleged possession of an entire convent of Ursuline nuns in the French town of Loudun in 1634. The nuns were said to vomit up nails, and even a contract signed by demons with an accused priest (who was eventually burned at the stake for witchcraft)."



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Good presentation on the subject by a Dominican priest from Lyon, France, who serves as exorcist for that diocese. He talks about his personal struggle against satan, the recovery process of parishioners afflicted with a demonic grip and provides a personal understanding of the dark forces of evil, underlining why the Catholic Church places such an emphasis on the challenge of fallen angels, and reaffirming the salvation power of Christ:

(in French but English subtitles available through the CC and settings buttons)

Question to Orthodox and Protestant brothers, do you have a similar process and emphasis on exorcism?