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Differences in Demon possession, Mental Illness, Depression

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare


Dear Father John, What is the difference between demon possession and mental illness or depression as you discuss in unit 122 of The Better Part? There is no cut-and-dried answer. Here are some basic principles: Not all psychological difficulties can be classified as mental illness. Some are linked to changeable patterns of behavior or basic human maturity issues. These can be remedied by healthy... Read More

Facts about the Devil from an Exorcist


The Pride of Lucifer and His Acolytes God, in His infinite power, created multitudes of angels, an impressive, incalculable number. One day during an exorcism Father Candido Amantini — a Passionist priest and my great teacher — asked a demon: “How many are you?” The demon responded: “We are so many that if we were visible we would obscure the sun.” The demon on that occasion gave information... Read More

Halloween, Witches, Demons, and the Occult

September 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare

by Kathryn Marcellino, OCDS With Halloween right around the corner, we might ask ourselves if demons and evil spirits are real? The Church gives us an authoritative answer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CC 414) which says, “Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive. They try to... Read More