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While exorcism may seem like the stuff of Halloween horror movies, Christian ministers say battling the demonic is reality.
Cases of alleged demonic possession occur to this day, attested to not only by priests but medical professionals as well.
Demand - Exorcism - Countries - Years - Calls
The demand for exorcism has spiked in Western countries in recent years, sparking calls for more education on the subject and for the training of more exorcists.
Exorcism of demonic spirits may seem like the stuff of Halloween horror movies, but outside of Hollywood film, lots of it is a reality to which Christian ministers bear witness year after year.
Denominations - US - Ireland - UK - Crisis
Major Christian denominations in the U.S., Ireland, and the U.K. have noted a “demonic crisis” in which the need for exorcisms has exceeded the number of available ministers to provide that service. Christian ministers attribute that surge in reported demonic activity to everything from the popularization of the use of witchcraft, to immigration waves from regions rife with animistic practices, to a growing brazenness of demonic forces in the faces of churches’ relative silence on the matter of spiritual warfare in recent decades.
Whatever the cause, the result is that ministers are reporting increasingly frequent confrontations with demonic spirits over the souls of suffering individuals.
Catholic - Church - Psychiatrists - People - Possession
The Catholic Church often asks licensed psychiatrists to examine people who claim to be suffering from demonic possession or demonic harassment. Dr. Richard Gallagher, psychiatry professor at New York Medical College, faculty at Columbia University, and a board-certified psychiatrist, is one such person who the church has turned to many times for help in these cases.
Gallagher expressed skepticism when the church first asked for his help over 25 years ago, but that only affirmed to church officials that he was the right man for the job.
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“Well, if we didn’t think you were skeptical, Dr. Gallagher, we wouldn’t have wanted to use you,”...
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