Pac Man ©
2008-01-15 11:38:58 UTC
View of Exorcism in the Catholic Church The Catechism of the Catholic Church
contains a paragraph on exorcism. It reads as follows:
When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus
Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil
One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called *exorcism*. Jesus
performed exorcisms and from him the Church has received the power and
office of exorcizing. In a simple form, exorcism is performed at the
celebration of Baptism. The solemn exorcism, called a "major exorcism," can
be performed only by a priest and with the permission of the bishop. The
priest must proceed with prudence, strictly observing the rules established
by the Church. Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the
liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which
Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness, is
a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science.
Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain
that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1673.)
 Cf. Mark 1:25-26; 3:15; 6:7,13; 16:17.
 Cf. CIC, can. 1172 [CIC is the Code of Canon Law -- John Ockerbloom]
If you're wondering about the minor exorcism at baptism, BTW, I attended a
baptism this past weekend; it basically consists of a short prayer to
cleanse the person about to be baptized from original sin. The baptismal
promises, a statement of faith made either by the candidate or the
parents/godparents if the candidate is an infant, also start with an
explicit renunciation of Satan. The minor exorcism at baptism does not
presume that the candidate is actually under demonic possession, but is part
of the overall process of baptism, in which the baptized one 'dies' to all
sin and is 'reborn' in Christ.
Iemand die zich heeft laten dopen is derhalve bevrijd van de duivel.
Nu even het nabijgelegen zwembad opzoeken.