An American woman who levitated, demonstrated paranormal psychic powers and spoke foreign languages unknown to her was clearly demon possessed, according to a board-certified psychiatrist and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College.The unnamed woman, with a long history of involvement with Satanic groups, was observed by a team of priests, deacons, several lay assistants, psychiatrists, nuns, some of whom also had medical and psychiatric training, levitating six inches off the ground while objects flew off shelves in the same room, according to Dr. Richard E. Gallagher, who documented the case in the February issue of the New OxfordReview."Periodically, in our presence, Julia would go into a trance state of a recurring nature," writes Gallagher.
"Mentally troubled individuals often 'dissociate,' but Julia's trances were accompanied by an unusual phenomenon: Out of her mouth would come various threats, taunts and scatological language, phrases like 'Leave her alone, you idiot,' 'She's ours,' 'Leave, you imbecile priest,' or just 'Leave.' The tone of this voice differed markedly from Julia's own, and it varied, sometimes sounding guttural and vaguely masculine, at other points high pitched. Most of her comments during these 'trances,' or at the subsequent exorcisms, displayed a marked contempt for anything religious or sacred."
would have no recollection of speaking these phrases upon recovering
from the trance-like state, according toGallagher.
"Sometimes objects around
her would fly off the shelves, the rare phenomenon of psychokinesis
known to parapsychologists," reports Gallagher. "Julia was also in
possession of knowledge of facts and occurrences beyond any possibility
of their natural acquisition.
"She commonly reported
information about the relatives, household composition, family deaths
and illnesses, etc., of members of our team, without ever having
observed or been informed about them," he said. "As an example, she
knew the personality and precise manner of death (i.e., the exact type
of cancer) of a relative of a team member that no one could conceivably
have guessed. She once spoke about the strange behavior of some
inexplicably frenzied animals beyond her direct observation: Though
residing in another city, she commented, 'So those cats reallywent
Danny Penman: By the time consultant psychiatrist Dr Alan Sanderson began treating Peter for ‘demonic possession" his life had already fallen apart. Peter Johnson, a 50-year-old career civil servant, had once been a model citizen. He lived a quiet middle-class life in South East England. He worked hard, loved gardening and adored his wife Joan. There was nothing unusual in his life in any way. But then came Askinra - a ‘demon" that ate into his soul and took over his life. "It was as if I had an alien presence living inside my body," saysPeter.
"When it was fully active it penetrated and permeated my entire body, including my brain." Peter first became aware of Askinra"s presence during his dreams. A dark forbidding entity would enter his body and seize control. At first, Peter ignored the recurring nightmares but eventually they began spilling over into his daily life. Blistering headaches made his life intolerable. Uncontrollably dizzy spells and bouts of narcolepsy swept over him without warning. These were bad enough - but then came the hallucinations. In these, Peter took a backseat as another spirit gained increasing control over his life. "I thought I was going mad," he says. Ataround this time, his wife began noticing dramatic swings in behaviour. Peter embarked on a series of affairs and his emotions alternated between ravenous lust and the depths of despair. His body began falling apart too. Bouts of uncontrollable retching and diarrhea seized his body, his temperature fluctuated wildly and his joints were wracked with pain.
The catholic church has revealed how growing interest in satanism and the occult has led to a rise in exorcisms across Queensland. One priest, who asked not to be named for fear of "reprisals", said he was carrying out at least one exorcism a fortnight. More requests for exorcisms came from the Gold Coast than anywhere else. An exorcism involves holy water, sacrament and Bible reading and can go on for many hours, the priest said. Linda Blair made the subject famous in the 1973 film, The Exorcist. "Being possessed by a demon is terrifying in one"s mental and emotional life," he said. "Some of these manifestations are extremely powerful, causing people to be plagued bydisturbances.
They hear voices and see hideous creatures in their sleep. "There has been a recruitment of pagan practices, and it"s sheer poison. "The Gold Coast is not good at all. I do far more exorcisms there than Brisbane." The Catholic Church has vowed to "fight the devil head-on" by training hundreds of priests as exorcists. Bishop Brian Finnigan, acting head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, said it was important for the church to carry out exorcisms. "People need to be freed of that burden," he said. Father Gabriele Amorth, 82, the Pope"s Exorcist-in-Chief, announced the initiative recently amid church concerns about an increase in people dabbling in the occult. Under plans being considered, each bishop would have a group of priests in his diocese who werespecially trained in exorcism. Father Amorth said: "Too many bishops are not taking this seriously and are not delegating their priests in the fight against the devil. You have to hunt high and low for a proper, trained exorcist." Queensland Catholic priests can carry out exorcisms only if they have been authorised by an archbishop. The priest source, who is based in Brisbane, is the only one permitted to do exorcisms in the state. He said he had travelled to Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville and Toowoomba to save people.
Poland plans to open its first exorcism center, for those who believe they are possessed by the devil, in the town of Poczernin 30 km (18 miles) from the city of Szczeczin, Polish media said Wednesday. Andrzej Trojanowski, a Catholic priest working in the city says the center will be equipped with a chapel and will have a psychiatrist on hand. Trojanowski said there was a demandfor the service as he deals with up to 20 people a week allegedly possessed by the devil.
The center was the idea of the Catholic Church in Poland, which already has around 50 working exorcists, and the project is expected to provide spiritual help and guidance to the needy. According to priests their service is popular with visitors from Germany, which has no working exorcists. Many consider those who claim to be possessed are just mentally ill, whereas others contend that those diagnosedwith psychiatric illnesses are really possessed by the devil. The practice of exorcism by priests and clergy became very popular in the 1970s, which coincided with the 1973 release of the world-wide blockbuster movie The Exorcist.