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Exorcism

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

Ru Freeman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
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.

2 Arrested For Allegedly Kidnapping Woman To Perform Exorcism

AP | Posted 11.13.2013 | Crime

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A father and son are in custody in California on suspicion of kidnapping the father's ex-wife to perform an exorcism. San J...

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...

What About Bob? Mad Men, Episode 12

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.18.2013 | TV
James Marshall Crotty

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon...

Woman Receiving Exorcism Claims She Went Into Cardiac Arrest

AP | Posted 06.12.2013 | Weird News

RIVERTON, Wyo. -- Authorities in central Wyoming say they received a 911 call reporting that a woman involved in an exorcism had stopped breathing and...

Madrid's Catholic Church Says It Needs Exorcists

AP | CIARAN GILES | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion

MADRID -- The Catholic archdiocese in Madrid says it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil. An archdiocese spokeswoma...

Pope Francis' Informal Exorcism, Latin American Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As shocking as it may be to some observers and Catholics in the Global North, Pope Francis' informal exorcism neatly captures the rise of the Global South, where prayers for deliverance from evil are common Catholic currency.

Did Pope Francis Perform An Exorcism?

Huffington Post Italy | Giacomo Galanti | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion

After Sunday’s Pentecost Mass, Pope Francis approached the children with disabilities who attended the Mass. He put both his hands on top of the hea...

The Nexus Of Exorcism And Empowerment Among Pashtun Women

Samar Esapzai | Posted 07.05.2013 | Religion
Samar Esapzai

The belief in superstitious customs and traditions is not unique to the Pashtun culture; as a matter of fact, they are a common phenomenon. These superstitions are a product of historical, regional, economical, and social conditions that have evolved over a significant period of time.

How To Remove Demonic Sprits From Your Thrift Shop Clothing

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Katy Wolk-Stanley

Televangelist Pat Robertson recently advised a caller to The 700 Club: "It ain't going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes."

Rid The Personal Put-Downs That Live In Your Head: Here's How

Tommy Rosen | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

The loving, consistent support of family and friends is part of the reason people find peace and happiness in this life. It makes sense that we have to exorcise from our mind-body system the negative words left there by others.

'Demons' Beware: Catholic Church Creates Exorcist Hotline And Doubles Available Priests

Lee Speigel | Posted 12.04.2012 | Weird News

Priests in Europe may soon be working overtime in their ageless struggle against the dark forces of evil. The Catholic diocese of Milan has created...

Homosexuality Is Caused By Sex With Demons, Former Stripper Claims

Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices

A former stripper turned ministry leader who claims she once considered becoming a lesbian has offered up a rather unusual explanation for homosexuali...

WATCH: Unintentionally Hilarious Video Of Exorcist Expelling Gay Demon Goes Viral

Posted 10.26.2012 | Gay Voices

Reverend Bob Larson is the self-proclaimed "world's foremost expert on cults, the occult and supernatural phenomena." He has appeared on Oprah, Larry ...

Pigs To The Lake: The Evangelical Exorcism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I don't know what theological changes are needed to save American evangelicals, but I really don't think that we're destined to howl in the graveyard forever. The pigs are headed for the lake, and I believe for the first time in my life that the evangelicals are going to make it.

An Open Letter to Simon Cowell: We Can Help

D.J. Grothe | Posted 11.29.2012 | Weird News
D.J. Grothe

Dear Mr. Cowell: I recently learned that you believe your home contains negative energy, and that you invited a "house healer" to banish the foul feelings from your Los Angeles residence.

3-Year-Old Girl Killed In Suspected Exorcism Ritual

AP | Posted 08.07.2012 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A 3-year-old Malaysian girl was killed in a suspected exorcism ritual by family members who believed she was possessed by ev...

What Did Exorcisms Really Mean To Jesus?

Greg Carey | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus, it seems, frees people not only from their individual afflictions but also from social and communal exploitation.

Priest Sexually Abused While Performing Exorcism, Woman Claims

Reuters | Ian Simpson | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion

(Note: Graphic Language) (Reuters) - A Virginia woman who claims a priest sexually abused her while performing an exorcism is suing a Catholic dioc...