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 Post subject: Exorcising spirits
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 11:45 am 
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The recent post from tviscante about Catholic Priests and Poltergeists got me thinking.

If we for one moment assume that spirits are a reality, and that religion does play a part, would an exorcism be most likely to be effective if it was tailored to the beliefs of the spirit or to those of the exorcist?

For example: If the spirit had been a Catholic in life would it only respond to a Catholic exorcism and not recognise other faiths?

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Is it the faith of the exorcist that effectively banishes the spirit, so the actual religion of the spirit is irrelevant?

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 Post subject: Re: Exorcising spirits
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 12:28 pm 
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I have read a fair bit about catholic exorcism rituals etc
Did you know that it was only from about 1400 onwards that it was Priest only that could do exorcism? Bfore that anyone was empowered to do it.

I dont think the type of religion of the person carrying out the exorcism is important but rather their belief that what they are doing will work...will power as important as faith. Tho faith sometimes is equivalent to belief.

Otherwise what we are saying is that certain rituals would work like magic spells to remove a spirit infestation.

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