November 29, 2006
In a strictly spiritual sense:
What once was a very private practice in the Catholic Church has apparently become big business for others.
An estimated 600 non-Catholic groups are now performing exorcisms, allegedly ridding people of their demons.
“It’s happening. It’s a phen-
omenon. Why? Pick up the paper—crime, drugs, violence … horrendous sexual abuse,” said Bob Larson, who has made a national name for himself. “This is all the work of the devil.”
As a radio and television evangelist, he is a self-proclaimed, self-taught exorcist. He says that most times he can look into a person’s eyes and see what he believes is the devil.
“Not always but very often,” he said. “Jesus said the eyes are the mirror of the soul. When you look at somebody’s eyes you are really connecting soul to soul with that person.”
… “Some people have had their demons for so long, they think it’s normal. They think it’s normal to live a dysfunctional confused life,” Larson said. “We tell people it’s not.”
A spokesman for the Diocese of Phoenix said he is not familiar with Larson.
Father Timothy Davern said that the Catholic Church has seen an increased number of people requesting exorcisms.
However, Davern cautions that this is a not a ritual to be taken lightly and he said all exorcisms performed by Catholic priests have to be approved by the bishop.
“Sometimes people believe they are possessed. They are very sincere, but there are psychological problems involved,” he said. “If your issue is mental health, an exorcism is not going to fix you.”
Larson said that he’s performed more than 10,000 exorcisms and now a television pilot is being made about his life as an exorcist.
Welcome to 21st-century America, folks.
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