The "game" of the exorcists in the Holy Land

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The "game" of the exorcists in the Holy Land

By Gianni Valente/ lastampa.it

The evangelical preacher TB Joshua gathers thousands of people near Nazareth for his happening of prayer and healing. The warning of Michael McDonagh, exorcist priest of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: the land of Jesus is beaten by many who promise to "hunt demons". But those who follow "sheikhs, shamans and sorcerers" risk falling into the "kingdom of darkness"

The Holy Land is filled with individuals who attract people and multitudes with the promise of "hunting down demons". But for the Catholic Church, those who seek in these things the help of "a sheikh, or a shaman, or a sorcerer" risks going into a kingdom that is "contrary to the kingdom of Christ". Because "He who denies that Jesus is the Christ is the antichrist", as St. John the Evangelist warns in his first Letter. And "sheikhs, Shamans, Sorcerers gain their power from the spirit world". For this reason, by submitting to such persons, there is the risk of falling into the "kingdom of darkness".

The warning comes from the priest Michael McDonagh, "authorized" exorcist of the Catholic Church in Israel and Palestine, and finds space on the official website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

69, a native of Ireland, Father McDonagh has been based in the Latin Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem for almost thirty years. He regularly visits people who are victims of demons, traveling even hours to reach those who need him. Bring with you the books with the ritual and formulas used by the Catholic Church for exorcisms, along with blessed water and salt. And he knows better than others the devil's activism in the land of Jesus. In an interview curated by Rula Shomali, the exorcist reproposes the ways and means that the Church has always suggested to be protected from Satan's pitfalls: prayer, the sacraments of confession and the Eucharist, the invocation to Saint Michael the Archangel, also the keeping of crucifixes at home, Marian icons and blessed statues.

The priest recognizes that potentially all Christians can "cast out demons", but in reality "few are prepared to do so, and therefore should not even try", if they do not want to expose themselves to the "dangers" connected with the "hunt" for spirits malignant, In this respect, with eloquent choice, McDonagh also remembers the "religious charlatans" mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, the sons of the Jewish priest Sceva, who pretended to have miraculous powers: "Seeing the success that Paul had in exorcising the demons , the seven sons of Sceva began to use a new formula invoking the name of Jesus. They said to the devil: "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to leave" ". Until an evil spirit who owned a man answered them: "I know Jesus and I know who Paul is, but who are you?"

Forms of possession by evil spirits and rituals of exorcism are also known in Jewish and Islamic traditions. But in the Holy Land, the analogous phenomenon that has attracted collective attention in recent weeks is that of the multitudinous meetings of healing such as the one carried out in Israel by the Nigerian evangelical exorcist Temitope Joshua Balogun, known as TB Joshua. A festival with tens of thousands of people from all over the world, gathered last June 23 at Monte del Precipizio, near Nazareth.

Joshua in Lagos founded the evangelical organization called Synagogue, Church of All Nations (Synagogue, Church of All Nations), and uses the Emmanuel TV network, recognized as an instrument of proselytism and mobilization for millions of followers around the world. the largest Christian satellite broadcaster in English based in Africa. The motto of TV is "changing lives, changing nations, changing the world". "When the self-proclaimed prophet descends from the stage to bless those present, putting his hand on their heads," a chronicle of the Nazareth event published in the Jerusalem Post told, there are those who fall to the ground, those who reject, and "many they say they are cured of illness and disease ".

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:28
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