Spiritual Warfare Forum: Exorcism Clarification
Exorcism Clarification QUESTION from Michael Truog January 31, 2001 You are mistaken in your answer to the question on Exorcisms posted October 6,1998. Even in the solemn exorcisms you may not use I exclusively--you must do everything through the authority of Jesus Christ. Demons are in fact more powerful than us (i.e. their collective will is stronger than ours) but it is the Lord which protects us through the Holy Spirit.
Just a fine point :)
I am also wondering what you think of the book Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. I also would like to know what you think of Malachi Martin in general. He use to be a Jesuit? What are his reasons (his motivation) for exposing all the nooks and crannies of the Catholic Faith in a semi-scholarly fashion?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on March 12, 2001 Dear Mr. Truog:
Sorry, but I never said any such thing as that imprecatory commands are used exclusive of Christ's authority. Imprecatory commands are included in the Rite of Exorcism and are give under the authority of Christ and the Church who has been delegate authority to perform exorcisms. Prayers are often phrases, The Lord commands you... etc.
Hostage to the Devil is interesting (and it show imprecatory commands in the Exorcism, by the way), but Malachi Martin is not a person to recommend. Malachi Martin started out a liberal and later became a ultra-traditionalist and probably a schimastic.
His writings and words in interviews belongs mostly to the National Inquierer and not considered reputable in any fashion. He was not scholarly even in a semi fashion. He was nothing more than like the National Inquirer hacks.
Later, when I have time, I will be constructing a webpage to expose this man's harm to the Church and his lies.
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