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Good Young Exorcists Are Hard To Find, Leading Priest Says

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion

The Catholic Church is having a hell of a time finding young exorcists, says a leading practitioner. “I told the bishop that I can’t find anyone w...

A Gay Man's Quest for Real Change Within Homophobic Religion

Jonathon Sawyer | Posted 03.09.2017 | Queer Voices
Jonathon Sawyer

It was a disheartening shock to my soul when an institutional policy revision was made to the handbook in regards to gay members of the Church and their families.

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Family Breaks Open Teenager's Tomb, Saying They Heard Her 'Screaming'

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Weird News

Family members of a dead teenager in Honduras were recorded rushing to smash open the girl's tomb after they claimed to hear her screaming and clawing...

Pope Francis's Preferential Option for the Latin American Poor

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis returns to Rome from his South American tour as a bona fide partisan of Liberation Theology.

Bobby Jindal Becomes 13th GOP Candidate

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But Jindal's time might have passed -- if it ever even existed. He's not as fresh a face on the political scene as he once was.

The Extraordinary Exorcism of Mexico

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Christian exorcism has become so popular worldwide that now it's not only performed on tormented individuals but also on entire nations.

The Root of Police Brutality is Fear

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The complexity of our problems should not mask the simplicity of the solution. We are a people who are desperately afraid of everything. The root cause of police brutality rests solely in our own fear.

Pastor Sexually Assaulted Woman While Performing Exorcisms: Police

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.06.2015 | Crime

A Canadian pastor has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he was performing exorcisms on. Toronto police have accused 53-year...

5 Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion

The ancient Celts believed that in late October, on the night that marked the end of the summer season, the boundaries between the living and the dead...

Pope Francis Thanks Exorcists For Showing 'Love For Those Possessed'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Just in time for Halloween and against an unspecified “steady increase” of demonic possession, Pope Francis thanked exorcists for showi...

New Comic Book Has Exorcists Converging To Stop Hell From Breaking Loose

USA Today | Brian Truitt | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actually breaks loose. The Dynamite Entertainment series The De...

Violent Exorcisms: The Modern Day Witch Hunt?

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 08.18.2014 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

Since the last few days, exorcisms gone wrong have been the call of the day. Violent rituals have been reported from Fiji, Ghana, Morroco and elsewhere.

Facing What We Dare Not Speak: Communities of Exorcism

Peter Rollins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Peter Rollins

There's an old Russian joke from the days when goods were scarce. It tells of a man who finally gets to the front of a line and says, "I guess you don...

Inside The Jarring World Of Deliverance Ministries

OWN | Posted 06.02.2014 | OWN

More than 70 percent of Americans believe the devil is alive and well, and born-again pastor Franklin Battle is one of them. For this Baptist-raised c...

Exorcism Conference In Rome Addresses The Need For More Demon-Fighting Priests

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

On Sunday, the ninth annual "Exorcism and Prayer for Liberation" conference wrapped up at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. It cove...

Catholic Demon-Making

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

As a Catholic myself, I do think that something potentially very dangerous is going on. And the devil is in the details. As much as exorcism might be about casting out demons, it's really about bringing back the priest.

Courting Demons: Jen Percy's Quest to Understand War and Exorcism

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Home
Ru Freeman

Jen Percy's non-fiction account of the way war affected a particular American veteran, begins this way: "Sergeant Caleb Daniels wanted to save all the veterans from killing themselves."

Sex and Satanic Abuse: A Fad Revisited

Allen Frances | Posted 03.30.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

I have been so vocal in warning about DSM 5 partly because I'm ashamed of my silence in the face of a previous outrage that cried out for similar whistle blowing: the sudden epidemic of prosecutions of daycare workers for the alleged sexual and satanic ritual abuse of children.

The 'Possession' That Made This Police Chief Believe In Demons

Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion

Demons, spirit possession, haunted houses...This isn't the typical purview of the Department of Child Services. But when Indiana mother Latoya Ammons ...

Alarming Resurgence In Exorcisms

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Aside from the dangers of discouraging those who need conventional mental health from seeking it, the practice of exorcisms also opens the door to financial exploitation of the vulnerable and naïve.

Most Americans 18-29 Years Old Believe in Demon Possession, Shows Survey

Bruce Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bruce Wilson

Are Americans becoming less religious? While church affiliation is probably declining, don't expect the atheist revolution anytime soon: Over one half of young Americans now believe in the notion that invisible, non-corporeal entities called "demons" can take control of human beings.

Teenage Exorcists Believe 'Harry Potter' Is Satanic

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

These teenage exorcists have a target in their sights as they arrive in London to battle demons -- Harry Potter. Brynne Larson, 18, Tess Sherkenba...

Police Interrupt Exorcism In Progress

Posted 09.09.2013 | World

Police in southern France probably didn't know what to expect after they received an onslaught of calls from Limoux residents reporting blood-curdling...

Exorcists 'Worried' About Madonna

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

For years, international pop star Madonna has infuriated Catholics the world over with her unabashedly religion-tinged performances and songs that oft...