Exorcism - To Bind by Oath
The Practice of Evicting Demons or other Spiritual Entities

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Exorcism - To Bind by Oath
The Practice of Evicting Demons or other Spiritual Entities

Fox News reporter Sean Hannity talks about Exorcism with author Matt Baglio (The Rite) and Father Gary Thomas. Topics include "The Exorcist" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose". This video also has a actual recording taken of a possessed person during an exorcism.

Exorcism (from Late Latin exorcismus, from Greek exorkizein - to bind by oath) is the practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or place which they are believed to have possessed by causing the entity to swear an oath.

The term became prominent in early Christianity from the early second century onward as the casting out of demons. Nevertheless, the practice is quite ancient and part of the belief system of many cultures and religions.

Demonic possession is not a valid psychiatric or medical diagnosis recognized by either the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) or the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10).

Those who profess a belief in demonic possession have sometimes ascribed the symptoms associated with mental illnesses such as hysteria, mania, psychosis, Tourette's syndrome, epilepsy, schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder to possession.

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name and based on the exorcism case of Robbie Mannheim.

The film became the most profitable horror film of all time and one of the highest earning movies in general, grossing $401,400,000 worldwide (and a further $112,053,066 for the Director's Cut re-release in 2000), and at the time of release briefly became the highest-grossing film of all time, until being surpassed one year later by Steven Spielberg's Jaws.

The film proved a huge effect on popular culture.

In cases of dissociative identity disorder in which the alter personality is questioned as to its identity, 29% are reported to identify themselves as demons.

Additionally, there is a form of monomania called demonomania or demonopathy in which the patient believes that he or she is possessed by one or more demons.

The fact that exorcism works on people experiencing symptoms of possession is by some attributed to placebo effect and the power of suggestion. Some supposedly possessed persons are actually narcissists or are suffering from low self-esteem and act a "demon possessed person" in order to gain attention.

Nevertheless, Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck researched exorcisms (initially in an effort to disprove demonic possession), and claims to have conducted two himself.

He concluded that the Christian concept of possession was a genuine phenomenon. He derived diagnostic criteria somewhat different from those used by the Roman Catholic Church.

He also claimed to see differences in exorcism procedures and progression. After his experiences, and in an attempt to get his research validated, he has attempted yet failed to get the psychiatric community to add the definition of "Evil" to the DSMIV.

Although Peck's earlier work was met with widespread popular acceptance, his work on the topics of evil and possession has generated significant debate and derision.

Much was made of his association with (and admiration for) the controversial Malachi Martin, a Roman Catholic priest and a former Jesuit, despite the fact that Peck consistently called Martin a liar and manipulator.

Other criticisms leveled against Peck include misdiagnoses based upon a lack of knowledge regarding dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), and a claim that he had transgressed the boundaries of professional ethics by attempting to persuade his patients into accepting Christianity.

The Exorcist Movie & Robbie Mannheim

Robbie Mannheim (also known as Roland Doe; born in 1936) is the pseudonym given by author Thomas B. Allen to an anonymous individual most notably known for allegedly being possessed and later exorcised during his childhood in the late 1940s.

The alleged events which were reported in the media of the time and the subsequent claims surrounding those events went on to inspire the 1971 novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty and the 1973 film of the same name, as well as Thomas B. Allen's 1993 nonfiction account Possessed, a second edition of it in 1999, and the 2000 film by the same name, based on Allen's book.

Multiple sources make various claims regarding the kind of poltergeist activity that commenced around the time of Aunt Harriet's death.

This includes the sound of squeaky shoes and marching feet as well as other strange noises. Furniture moved on its own accord, and ordinary objects, including a vase allegedly flew or levitated.

Some of the strange happenings affected Robbie directly such as streaks and arrows and words such as "hell" appeared on this skin, and blessed objects, such as a container of holy water, which were placed near him, smashed to the ground on their own. Some sources claim that forty-eight witnesses came forward to substantiate some of these incidents.

The frightened family turned to their Lutheran clergyman, Rev. Luther Miles Schulze, for help. According to a report made by Reverend Schulze to The Evening Star, a Washington D.C. newspaper, in light of the situation, the boy was examined by both medical and psychiatric doctors, who could offer no explanation for these disturbing events taking place.

Reverend Schulze arranged for the boy to spend the night of February 17th in his home in order to observe him. The boy slept nearby to the minister in a twin bed and the minister reported that in the dark he heard vibrating sounds from the bed and scratching sounds on the wall.

During the rest of the night he allegedly witnessed some strange events—a heavy armchair in which the boy sat seemingly tilted on its own and tipped over and a pallet of blankets on which the sleeping boy lay inexplicably moved around the room and slapped people in the face.

In light of his observations, Rev. Luther Miles Schulze concluded that there was evil at work in Robbie, and therefore would perform a Lutheran rite exorcism on Robbie Mannheim.

As to the Lutheran Rite: "The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod certainly believes in the existence of Satan and of demonic beings, and individual LCMS pastors have participated from time to time in rites of exorcism.

The LCMS has no "official position" on "demonic possession," however, nor does it subscribe officially to any formal rite of exorcism or have "special clergy assigned to this task."

Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist

A rare teaser trailer for Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist. The film was still titled Exorcist: The Beginning when it was made.

According to the traditional story, the boy then underwent an exorcism under auspices of the Anglican (Episcopal) Church. After this, the case was referred to Rev. Edward Hughes, a Roman Catholic priest, who, after examining the boy at St. James Church, conducted an exorcism on Robbie at Georgetown University Hospital, a Jesuit institution.

During the exorcism, the boy inflicted a wound upon the pastor that required stitches; as a result, the exorcism ritual was stopped and the boy went home to be with his family, where he then defacated on the walls. The family then proceeded to take the train to St. Louis.

While they were in the city, Robbie's cousin contacted one of his professors at St. Louis University, Rev. Raymond J. Bishop, SJ, who in turn, spoke to Rev. William S. Bowdern, an associate of College Church.

Together, both vicars visited Robbie in his relatives home, where they noticed his aversion to anything sacred, a shaking bed, flying objects, and Robbie speaking in a demoniacal voice.

In light of these observations, Rev. Bowdern sought permission from the archbishop to have the plaguing demons cast out from the boy. Before the exorcism ritual began, Rev. Walter Halloran was called to the psychiatric wing of the hospital, where he was asked to assist Rev. Bowdern in the deliverance.

Rev. William Van Roo, third Jesuit priest, was also there to assist Rev. Bowdern in casting out the unclean spirits from Mannheim. Rev. Halloran stated that during this scene of spiritual warfare, Robbie's hospital bed shook disturbingly and words such as "evil" and "hell", along with other various marks, appeared on the teenager's body.

Moreover, Robbie broke Rev. Halloran's nose during the process. Robbie Mannheim, while being exorcised, also often shouted in an abnormal tone of voice.

In total, the exorcism ritual to cast out demons from the boy's body is claimed to have been performed thirty times over a period of two months.

When the final exorcism was complete, it is alleged that there was a loud noise, noted as a "thunderclap" or "shotgun" throughout the floors of the hospital. After this pandemonium, Robbie Mannheim declared "It's over. It's over."

Certain aspects of this story have come under dispute. Mark Opsasnick claims that he found no evidence that Father Hughes ever attempted to exorcise the boy, nor that he recevied a slash or injury at that time.

In addition, Father Halloran himself allegedly told Opsasnick that he did not hear the boy's voice change and that he didn't check the boys fingernails and see if he made the marks himself.

In addition one of the boys friends allegedly told Opsasnick that the "supernatural" events were exaggerated and that the spitting and bed shaking could be explained. Joe Nickell claims that the events reliably reported were not beyond what a teenager can do.

Exorcism Report by ABC'S 20/20, May '07

In religion and mythology, occultism and folklore, a demon (or daemon, daimon; from Greek δαίμων daimôn) is a supernatural being described as a spirit.

The original neutral Greek word daimon does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the ΚΟΙΝΈ (New Testament Greek) δαίμονεον, and later ascribed to any cognate words sharing the root, originally intended to denote a Spirit or Spiritual being.

In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the derived Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an "unclean spirit" which may cause demonic possession, to be addressed with an act of exorcism.

In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of pagan Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian tradition, a demon is considered a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled.

Many of the demons in literature were once fallen angels, however there are many that say that they are born-forged from Hell itself.

The supposed existence of demons is an important concept in many modern religions and occultist traditions. In some present-day cultures, demons are still feared in popular superstition, largely due to their alleged power to possess living creatures.

In the contemporary Western occultist tradition, a demon, such as Choronzon, the "Demon of the Abyss", is a useful metaphor for certain inner psychological processes ("inner demons"), though some may also regard it as an objectively real phenomenon.

It is believed by some individuals and groups that a person who is possessed by a demon or the devil is actually only physically possessed, meaning their body is physically possessed but not their soul.