Tag: Demonic Activities

Watch Video: Author Of ‘The Exorcist’ Shares His Experience Of Strange Activities After Playing With A Quija Board. 

Watch Video: Author Of ‘The Exorcist’ Shares His Experience Of Strange Activities After Playing With A Quija Board. 

After witnessing some strange activities while working on his book, author William Peter Blatty became convinced that demonic possession was very real indeed.

‘The Exorcist’often referred to as “the scariest movie ever made,” was based on the 1973 novel by William Peter Blatty. The movie brought the Catholic Rite of Exorcism to the big screen with its unforgettable tale of a possessed 12-year old girl, her mother’s desperate search for help and the priests that eventually come to her aid.

What some may not recall from the film is the role a Ouija board plays in Regan’s possession. Early in the movie, Regan’s mother Chris asks her daughter if she knows how to use the family Ouija board, and Regan answers that she plays with “Captain Howdy.”

“Who is Captain Howdy?” asks Chris.

“You know. Captain Howdy. I ask the questions and he gives the answers!”

The Ouija board, far from a harmless parlor game, is then established as the way the devil, in the form of “Captain Howdy,” gained access to Regan’s soul.

Blatty, who died earlier 2017, acknowledged in a 1972 interview with British journalist Ray Connolly that while finishing his book The Exorcist, he had a personal experience with a Ouija board that convinced him that he was communicating with some kind of spirit.

When asked if he ever frightened himself while writing the book, Blatty said:

“Well, I don’t want to sound like a nut but as I was writing the last chapter and the epilogue I did have a series of bizarre experiences. For the first time in my life I got hung up on a Ouija board for 10 days.

I’d never done it before but I found I couldn’t leave it alone. And I had the most definite feeling that I was communicating with the dead. 

Yes, I agree an awful lot of it could be auto-suggestion, and I knew all about how Ouija boards worked because I’d researched it so much for the book, but there were certain things which are not susceptible to explanation by the subconscious mind.

I thought it was my father communicating with me, and I got someone in to help validate the experience. She was a girl who could put herself into a self-imposed hypnotic trance and who would operate the planchette on the Ouija board. I didn’t touch it at all, and asked the questions in Arabic, which she didn’t understand a word of, and I got precisely the right answers.

But then I thought well maybe subconsciously I was formulating the answers in English and she was picking them up from me telepathically”.

Blatty told Connolly that after experimenting with the Ouija board, strange, unexplainable things continued to happen:

“But then there were poltergeist experiences. Doing revision of the book at a friend’s house, the telephone rang and suddenly the receiver leapt off the hook. It happened to him first and then to me. So I asked a friend who did the acoustics for the Kennedy Center what the possibilities were electrically and he said it was impossible. Then telephone engineers in two states confirmed that it was impossible. But we both saw it happen. That was the culmination of several incidents, but it was the one that in no way couldn’t be explained.

An electric typewriter wrote a line of gibberish, but what do I know about electricity. Maybe there was a short circuit somewhere.
That was possible.”

While later in life Blatty became a devout practicing Catholic, at the time of the interview he described the depth of his Catholicism as “relaxed.” Nonetheless, he said that his research and experiences while writing the book left him convinced that demonic possession is real.

“Now, while 97 or 98 per cent of the reported cases of possession can be explained by either fraud or a mental disturbance there still remains the two or three per cent that can’t. And, concerning these, I have made a prudent judgment that a bodyless, intelligent, non-human entity has somehow managed to take possession of a human being,” he said.

School Children Allegedly Possessed By Demons On Siquijor Island Philippines, As Priests Rush To Their Rescue. 

School Children Allegedly Possessed By Demons On Siquijor Island Philippines, As Priests Rush To Their Rescue. 

A team of priests were rushed to a school on Siquijor Island after reports that pupils were showing signs of demonic possession.

At least two priests from the Diocese of Dumaguete were on Wednesday, October 17 ministering to the affected youngsters.

Father Ronnie Ablong, parish priest of Larena town, said he was assisting Father Gerry Flores of San Juan town in saying the necessary prayers and performing other religious rites on the students.

However, he said they still could not conclude whether the incident was a result of demonic attacks or merely psychological in nature.

This will have to go through a process of evaluation so we won’t conclude yet although there are guidelines to follow to determine if this is, indeed, the work of the devil,” the 49-year old priest said.

Reports that first emerged on Monday said more than 10 students of a school on Siquijor Island showed signs of being “perturbed”, appeared to be in a trance and displayed other unusual behaviour associated with demonic attacks.

According to Fr. Ablong, he still has to determine what could have triggered the incident, such as perhaps engaging in occult practices like the “Spirit of the Glass”.

Once people are engaged in the occult, there are now opening that would make them vulnerable to demonic attacks,” he explained.

Other triggering events include a person “living a sinful life and the absence of prayer in their lives”, he added.

Siquijor Island has long been associated with folklore and witchcraft, a connection that tourist chiefs have been keen to promote in recent years. 

Not only on Siquijor

However, belief in demonic possession remains widespread across the Philippines. 

In July, two schools on Cebu Island were closed due to outbreaks of demonic possession within days of each other. The hysteria that hit the schools in Danao City and Dalaguete Town were prompted after pupils claimed to have seen a mysterious “black figure”.

In June, two other Cebu schools were forced to close after outbreaks of “mass hysteria” among pupils struck within hours of one another.

The phenomenon was first reported at Ronda National High School when 20 students became hysterical after seeing “the ghost of a child”.

Police officers were sent to the school and the affected children were taken to a local church.

Then, just hours later, 19 pupils of Colawin National High School in Argao town also succumbed to a similar outbreak.

The Argao Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office deployed a team to the school to respond to the situation.

Some of the affected students were sent to Isidro Kintanar Memorial Hospital, while others were taken to a nearby church.

According to a report on dyAB TeleRadyo Cebu, school officials said the outbreak of hysterical behaviour was somehow related to a decision to “replace an axed mango tree”.

In February, a school in Palawan was forced to cancel lessons after 15 students were supposedly possessed by evil spirits.

According to a report on GMA News, the affected students were “rushed” to a Catholic church after the supernatural outbreak.

The school’s principal, Vicente Tamanyo, told the broadcaster that the incident occurred after two students claimed to see the spirit of a woman, covered in blood.

According to eyewitnesses, the possessed students were heard to speak a “strange language” and were said to display “freakish strength”.

The affected youngsters were taken to a nearby church for prayers before being sent home.

An Exorcist Explains How To Recognize Demonic Activities In Recent Church Scandals.

An Exorcist Explains How To Recognize Demonic Activities In Recent Church Scandals.

By sexually abusing children…He (Satan) wants to destroy the most innocent version of humanity, which is the child.”

Father Gary Thomas 


“Who is going to believe you?” It is the devil’s taunt, according to exorcist, Father Gary Thomas. It is a message to silence sexual abuse victims. And we have learned that same message silenced or impeded the truth of the sexual scandal in the Church from getting out for so long.

Fr. Gary Thomas is the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California. His training in Rome was the subject of the 2010 book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. Hollywood made it into a movie in 2011 starring Anthony Hopkins.

I recently interviewed Father Thomas for an article about horror movies, although he pointed out that The Rite is really about faith. Although there are horrific scenes in it, he explained that spiritual warfare between the devil and God is very real and it can get scary as it plays out through humanity. It seems that all conversations lead to Rome these days, and that is where ours eventually went — to the real-life horror story within the Church.

Catholics know that the devil seeks our destruction and is forever looking for openings to destroy God’s Church and harm souls. The sex abuse scandal reveals that he found hospitality among those who should have turned him out.

Icon of the Kingdom

“It’s only going to get worse,” Father Thomas said, “but as bad as it is, it has to come out. It is unacceptable.” According to him, the devil used his old standby threat to keep people silent: Who’s going to believe you? We know now that among those that spoke out despite that taunt, the devil’s agents did indeed show disbelief or apathy.

“Convincing people that no one will believe them is what Satan says when something is so outside the bounds of what is reasonable as to be unbelievable,” Father Thomas said. “Reading the accounts of what those children in Pennsylvania went through [as detailed in the Grand Jury Report] we wonder, how could this happen?” he asked. “It’s other-worldly—outside what people thought was possible — that’s what makes it demonic.”

In an article about becoming the solution, Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of the Ruth Institute, pointed out that if abusers thought people would speak up and be listened to, they would not have gotten away with so much for so long. If people had listened to poor “James,” when he was abused at 11-years-old, the now 60-year-old man abused by Father Theodore McCarrick, would not have had to suffer in silence for decades. “James tried to tell his parents,” Morse wrote. “They did not believe him, against the word of a respected priest. James began getting into trouble, doing alcohol and drugs. The family thought Father McCarrick could straighten him out. They encouraged him to spend more time with their son.”

Father Thomas noted that sexual abuse involving children, both inside and outside of the Church, is especially heinous. “By sexually abusing children, Satan desires to destroy the icon of the kingdom of God. He wants to destroy the most innocent version of humanity, which is the child.”

The scandalous behavior, in his opinion, was clearly demonic. “With natural disasters, people die sometimes,” he said. “Even if there’s great destruction, we don’t consider that evil because it’s in the realm of the natural. When there’s a car accident, we don’t call it an act of evil. But when it’s outside the bounds of what is conceivable—like murder—we call it evil. ISIS is a satanically driven organization because they have a premediated will to kill as many as possible who don’t believe their way of life. Even drug cartels are demonic and often pray to Satan to curse their drugs and they refer to Satan as their father and pray to him. I’ve seen documentaries on this and attended workshops with government task forces and prayed over some of the cops because of what they are dealing with.”

Pray and Fast

For the sake of the Church, Father Thomas calls on all Catholics to pray and fast and to act wherever possible to root out evil. “It can’t just be the removal of a few,” Father Thomas said. “It has to be a complete reshaping of the paradigm of the way our Church governs; we need a complete cleaning up. We need a lay commission to set up an independent study. The bishops can’t do it; they don’t know how to do it.”

In his work as an exorcist, Father Thomas fasts and prays before confronting the devil. He pointed out that he does so in a reasonable way — not starving himself to the point of weakness — but makes it sacrificial to strengthen him to fight evil. “Prayer, fasting and the sacraments are efficacious,” Father Thomas said, “but it cannot be without the intentionality of action that comes out of prayer. We want prayer to change us and we are praying for a change in the whole Church, all the way up. And we are also praying for the victims who have gone through decades of terrible trauma.”

Father Thomas encouraged Catholics to be strong and be prepared to persevere. “We are in for a long storm,” he said. “The clouds are just starting. However, our primary concern must be the victims who have been violated and firmly and without doubt prevent new victimizations from taking place in the future. There can be no tolerance for sexual misconduct perpetrated by clergy or lay people within the Church now or ever again.”

Source: 

National Catholic Register

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