The late Father Malachi Martin on the problem of evil … and exorcisms

Like a mongoose playing a cobra, the priest will attempt to work the demon into a position first of disadvantage, then of vulnerability. He begins by demanding, with the authority of prayer, to know its name.

The demons, says Father Martin, are not always willing to play this game. They lie silent, sullen and hidden. When this happens, the exorcist must provoke them into breaking cover. “You have to tease them out,” he says.

“The demon does not physically inhabit the body; it possesses the person’s will. We have to compel the thing to reveal itself and its purpose. It can be slow and difficult, with the demon taunting, scorning, abusing you – speaking through the mouth of the possessed, but not in his or her Voice.

In the end, though, it does come out – and when that happens you experience the sensation we call ‘presence’. At that moment you know you are in the company of the purest evil. I have felt the claws of invisible animals tearing at my face. I have been knocked off my feet, blinded and winded.

But it is then, when you’ve sensed the ‘presence’, that the real attack on the demon can begin.”

The theory of exorcism holds that once the demon has been drawn out of the body it can be vanquished by the power of prayer. “The whole nature of the thing changes,” says Father Martin. “The demon knows it’s losing. Instead of screaming abuse, it begins to plead for mercy. It says it’s sorry, it begs to be spared. It promises to go home.

But the Bible says that only on the last day can the followers of Satan return to Hell. Where they go, I do not know. We do not destroy them, we drive them out. Sometime I encounter the same ones again. As the demon disappears, the person it has possessed is ‘cleared’, and a wondrous wave of peace comes over them.”

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Reader feedback on New Orleans “paddling” controversy

Posted by MB, in response to:

New Orleans parents take Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the woodshed over “paddling” issue.

My son is a student at St. Augustine and I am a 1968 graduate of this great school.

I totally support all of the disciplinary methods at St. Aug including paddling. I participated in the protest march to the Archdiocese yesterday, and I support the unanimous opposition of the St. Aug community to the slanderous and disingenuous remarks of Archbishop Aymond.

The likes of Archbishop Aymond did not make St. Aug great, rather they have always represented its racist opposition since the school was founded in 1951 because the segregated New Orleans Catholic schools, including the Cor Jesu High School from which Gregory Aymond graduated, did not accept Blacks.

It was the likes of such great people as Father Matthew O’Rourke, Father Robert Grant, Father Joseph Verret, Father Charles Hall, Mr. Edwin Hampton, Mr. Nick Connors, Father McManus, Father Pavlak, Father Keenan, Father Phillip Berrigan, and the thousands of parents of all the students who have attended St.Aug, who all used or supported the use of the paddle as one of several disciplinary measures.

(To read more, see the comments section of the referenced post.)

If Protestants can receive salvation, why be Catholic?

Q: If Protestants can receive Salvation, why be Catholic?

A: The original protestant reformers were indeed heretics, and they were certainly primarily responsible for their lack of faith, along with their disobedience and pride.

Those who came later were naturally born into the errors of their fathers, and were, as a result, less culpable.

Today, things have gotten so far out of hand that many/most people wouldn’t recognize the authentic teachings of Jesus Christ if he came down from heaven and preached them himself.

Hence, the Catholic Church asserts: Outside the church there is no salvation, but those who suffer from invincible ignorance MIGHT still be saved. (No guarantees.)

Meanwhile, Catholics have recourse to 2000 years worth of superb study and prayer resources, along with all the other great works, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church.

There’s no question that in all of this, Catholics enjoy the much better part.

Thank God for that!

Father Z defends Bishop Morlino’s teaching: No eulogies at funeral Masses.

We have written about H.E. Most Rev. Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison on several occasions.  Bp. Morlino is one of the true stand-up men in the USCCB.

Now comes this from Channel 3000 which seems to have something to do with CNN.

My emphases and comments.

Some Catholics Upset Over Bishop’s Mandate Ending Eulogies
Bishop Says Eulogies Shouldn’t Be Made During Funeral Mass  [You can see from the beginning that the writer/publication/site aims at making Bp. Morlino into the bad guy.  Will they in fairness go beyond this and say that Bp. Morlino did not just make this up?  The Church’s liturgical law, which the bishop cannot change or disobey or ignore, says that eulogies at funerals are not permitted.]

MADISON, Wis. — Some in the Catholic Diocese of Madison are upset over a recent mandate ending family remembrances and eulogies at funeral Masses.   [The “recent” mandate was already made in 2000, GIRM 382: “At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind.”]

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Catholic divorcees can still receive Holy Communion and go to confession as long as they are “not engaged in a permanent relationship”.

Catholic divorcees can still receive Holy Communion and go to confession as long as they are “not engaged in a permanent relationship”, the Curia has clarified.

“The official teaching of the Church states that those who are in a permanent relationship outside the Catholic marriage cannot receive the sacraments in a licit way.

“A divorced person (whether they divorced willingly or unwillingly) who is not engaged in a permanent relationship can receive the sacraments liberally,” a spokesman for the Church told The Sunday Times.


Editor’s note: In the article, they don’t define a permanent relationship … but that would typically mean living together under the same roof … cohabiting. (We used to call that “living in sin.”) And of course, an annulment … if applicable … would leave a person free to remarry within the church.

Writer details curious Father Euteneuer, Father Corapi interactions, connections.

As far as the Corapi-Euteneuer connection goes, JC (even Corapi’s initials are ironic!) was TE’s spiritual director for several years up until the summer of ’09, when an interesting thing happened. It should be noted that Euteneuer, because of JC’s heavy preaching schedule, usually got to see Corapi only once a year for several days of spiritual counseling, but Euteneuer stuck with him, perhaps figuring Corapi was one of the few priests who could understand the temptations of the reverend in the limelight. But this particular summer, Euteneuer arrived at Corapi’s expansive Montana ranch (funded not only by the fees accumulated by Corapi’s wildly successful talks and tapes but by the $2,712,281 JC won in a medical malpractice lawsuit) with a particularly heavy heart. Not only did Euteneuer bear on his soul the burden of the past year’s sexual abuse that he had inflicted on one of his exorcism victims, but he had in his hands this woman’s diary, which documented his sin to the world should the public ever see it.

Now we don’t know what, if anything, Euteneuer told Corapi of his sins, or if the damning (to TE) diary was even mentioned. But we do know that after that visit, Corapi was no longer Euteneuer’s spiritual advisor. We also know that when Euteneuer returned from his trip and the victim, who was tricked by Euteneuer into handing the diary over to TE by his claim that it might fall into the hands of a Satanic cult if she took it on vacation with her (I guess you would have to have been brainwashed by Euteneuer to understand that logic, which at the time she was) asked for her diary back, she was shocked to learn TE had burned it, claiming, “Father Corapi told me to do so.”

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Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone urges Filipinos to reject abortion/birth control initiative.

MANILA, Philippines—Braving the heat, some 40,000 opponents of the controversial Reproductive Health Bill staged a show of force at the Rizal Park on Friday.

The crowd, coming from Metro Manila and different provinces, began massing as early as 2 p.m. at the Quirino Grandstand for the prayer-for-life rally organized by the country’s Roman Catholic Church.

In a statement read at the rally by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, S.D.B., urged Filipinos to firm up in their commitment to defend life and the family against attempts to devalue them.


Catholic bishop sets day of prayer and penance for abuse victims

PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Richard J. Malone, head of the Roman Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, designated Tuesday as a day of prayer and penance for “harm done to survivors and the faithful by past incidents of clergy sexual abuse.”

Malone will celebrate Mass at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate conception in Portland. The section during the service called “Prayers of the Faithful” will reflect the intention of the Mass, according to a press release issued by the diocese last week.

“Each year, I ask the clergy to join me in marking a day of atonement for past offenses,” the bishop said in the press release issued Wednesday. “Through prayer and reflection, may we become even more dedicated to healing the wounds of the past and preventing harm in the future.”

Malone has encouraged all priests in Maine to have a special intention for survivors of abuse at Masses celebrated Tuesday.

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Editor’s note: Be sure to take a look at the reader comments below the Bangor Daily News article.

New Orleans parents take Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the woodshed over “paddling” issue.

NEW ORLEANS — More than 500 students, parents and other supporters of a Roman Catholic high school under fire for its use of corporal punishment marched to the New Orleans Archdiocese buildings Saturday to ask the archbishop to retract statements he has made opposing the practice of paddling.


The late Geraldine Ferraro: An early “I’m personally opposed to abortion … but” Catholic politician.

The abortion issue, magnified because she was Roman Catholic and a woman, plagued her campaign. Though she opposed the procedure personally, she said, others had the right to choose for themselves. Abortion opponents hounded her at almost every stop with an intensity seldom experienced by male politicians.

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Editor’s note: I’m betting that, right about now, Geraldine wishes she would have listened much more carefully to the objections of those abortion opponents. May God have mercy on her soul.

Will success spoil Father John Corapi?

By Doug Lawrence

Some have maintained that the statement issued by Santa Cruz Media was in some way, disobedient, inappropriate or misleading. Taking it at face value, I see it merely as additional positive confirmation of the facts alleged in Father Corapi’s original statement.

By now, many have figured out that Santa Cruz Media Inc. is a corporation of which the CEO and registered agent appears to be none other than Father John Corapi. I say, “So what?” For a host of reasons, running a business through a corporation is a smart way to go. Furthermore … the statement of Bobbi Ruffatto, Vice President of Operations at Santa Cruz Media, stands on its own as the best, first hand, eye-witness testimony we have, so far. I’m grateful for that.

As for the part about the corporation being a private, secular corporation, not under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church: Of course that’s true! And because of that, there is absolutely no reason for Santa Cruz Media to suspend normal business operations, even though Father Corapi has been temporarily suspended from his ministry.

Some have also assumed that Father Corapi had taken a vow of poverty … something which seems very unlikely, based on his apparent living arrangements. But even if he did, there’s nothing to say that he couldn’t have been dispensed from that vow.

Then we have others who are concerned that Father Corapi has been looking rather tan and has apparently been dying his hair. Again I say, “So what?” The man has been sick, he’s no spring chicken, and he’s smart to maintain his appearance … especially since he regularly appears on television.  A nice tan and a bit of hair color makes you look alive for the camera … and it also minimizes the need for a lot of troublesome and tedious makeup.

In this age of 1080p HD TV such things are more important than ever … especially for those who already have a lot of miles on them. Ask anyone in the industry!

Now … about that late model BMW automobile that Father Corapi allegedly chooses to drive…

I hate BMW’s!

Knights: The Susan G. Komen Foundation encourages affiliates to give money to Planned Parenthood.

After reviewing the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s relationship with Planned Parenthood, the State Deputy of the Michigan Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus ruled that no Knights of Columbus council in Michigan can raise money for or affiliate itself with Komen.

The Komen Foundation admits to encouraging affiliates to give money to Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion business, and its chapters gave Planned Parenthood $731,303  in 2009 and have given the abortion business $3.3 million from 2004-2009, according to its own figures.

Kenneth Unterbrink of the Knights of Columbus, in a February letter, writes, “We, as Knights of Columbus, have publicly stated our opposition to abortion and embryonic stem cell research. By their own admission, Komen supports Planned Parenthood, and they plan to continue their support for Planned Parenthood.”

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Reader strenuously disagrees with Remnant Catholic Newspaper opinion on beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Paul (from across the pond) writes:

There is NO Saint canonized or otherwise that does not hold some dark skeleton in the cupboard. We should never be surprised to know that the saints are all very human and like any part of flesh and blood humanity are subject to sin and failure. The Saints are weak and feeble apart from the light of Christ that shines from within them.

The Roman Church does not require or accept that any saint is above the vision of Our lords grace and it never has demanded of its Saints that for example they are good. The Catholic Church requires a soul that it recognises as being Saintly to be of HEROIC VIRTUE.

The Church fully understands that human beings are weak and will make many decisions that are in the hindsight of history perhaps sometimes lacking in vision. Nevertheless, the Catholic Church understands that its Lord and Saviour desires souls to be inspired by something great in the lives of these heroic men and women. As far as Christendom is concerned that means we admire and respect individuals that have to a large extent and in the most trying circumstances lived according to their faith to the point of this heroic virtue.

The Catholic Church also desires that to assist it in declaring any person worthy of Beatification and Canonization should produce a miracle. This is done for the benefit of our disbelief and our own weaknesses and does not require any other critique.

Therefore we are presented with the Beatification this May of the late John Paul 2nd. Pope Benedict has always supported the cause of his predecessor and indeed in naming him as “The Great” has already implied his certain sanctity.

As a Polish Man he grew up under two of the most evil regimes in human history and when pope he took the message of Christ to a dark and broken world using all his talents and charisma to brighten it by the Love of Christ. That some have found his abilities to reveal Jesus thus is not a shock but when Catholics sneer at his pontificate they deepen the shadow of personal sin and show ignorance to an enlightened world that should shame Satan himself!

The article contests for example that because John Paul was the pontiff at a time of terrible scandal for the clergy etc the “buck stops here” and he is theoretically responsible for the obscene abuses that have come to light in recent years. Further that his friendship with proven evil priests that lived secret bad lives meant they were protected from censure and their evil was allowed to continue.

Firstly we must note that all the Bishops of the world and all the faithful have a share in the sinfulness of these crimes. We have a collective responsibility and failure by any Bishop to halt evil is an abuse. Yet we also should appreciate that most people are of good character and not involved in these horrendous crimes committed by modern Judas Iscariots. Those whom have committed their heinous acts will have to take personal responsibility for these before the Lord of Justice.

With that understood we cannot imply in good conscience that John Paul knew are ever would have agreed with such acts nor that he defended them.

It may be true that popes have at times tried to defend persons of horrible character yet logically this does not follow that the pope was himself of bad moral character rather that humans are subject to human judgment and we do not know what is in a soul before God.

We trust however that Jesus will understand any failings we have and we pray especially for sinners . . .as this obviously includes ourselves . .but a modern pope must always try to be of understanding temperament.

The point I should like to make here is that we cannot as Christians suggest that clerical abuse was willed or instigated by papal acts. In recent times under pope Benedict and as the scandal has turned into a tsunami of horror the Church has become more aware of what has taken place and Pope Benedict has started to clamp down wherever possible against the abuse that has caused such suffering.

However the article really shows its colours in its vindictiveness against the person of John Paul 2nd as it erupts into a further critique of what the author presumably feels is manifest corruption. For example he attacks the Pontiff because he famously brought to Assisi members of other and non Christian belief systems to pray.

This he concludes is abuse because these pagans did not recognize Christ as the Divine Saviour and are still beyond grace? This of course is heretical because the Church has always allowed for non Christians the possibility of salvation by Gods Divine Providence. John Paul was totally correct and his action was and is a stimulus for all good people of good will no matter creed to adore God the Father in his Creative aspects. It was to Assisi that John Paul called the conferences and for good reason. Go read St Francis and it will become obvious why. Lastly on this point His Holiness Pope Benedict has also plans for doing the same act very soon. Let us hope therefore that this mistaken author will not burst a blood vessel!

With later reference to Islam and the Jews, Pope John Paul again started to try and build bridges to these faiths. He understood that God The Father is revealed in much of their doctrine and we as Catholics and Christians have a duty to be tolerant and understanding of them. It is not an option and we may not counter this discipleship by restating earlier misunderstandings by Christians. The church has not always behaved well towards its humanity but we must now go forward in more certain light and much of this new enlightenment is thanks to John Paul himself.

Reference the Remnant article here

Remnant Catholic Newspaper: No blessed or sainted Pope in Church history has a legacy as troubling as that of John Paul II.

The impending beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011 has aroused serious concern among not a few Catholics around the world, who are concerned about the condition of the Church and the scandals that have afflicted her in recent years—scandals that prompted the future Benedict XVI to exclaim on Good Friday 2005: “How much filth there is in the Church, even among those who, in the priesthood, should belong entirely to Him.” We give voice to our own concern in this public way in keeping with the law of the Church, which provides:

In accord with the knowledge, competence and preeminence which they possess, the Christian faithful have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard for the integrity of faith and morals and reverence towards their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons. [CIC (1983), Can. 212, § 3.]

We are compelled by what we believe in conscience to be the common good of the Church to express our reservations concerning this beatification. We do so on the following grounds, among others that could be brought forth.

(Thanks to Matt C. Abbott)

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Philadelphia Catholic laments scandalous betrayal of the faith

It is a true test of faith, to try to remain in the Catholic Church knowing all that has happened, not only in Philadelphia but throughout the world, with clergy sex-abuse scandals. It is like everything I once believed, has been turned upside down, inside out.

The trust that has been broken is almost too great, the betrayal runs so deep. As a child, I was taught to look toward the clergy as an example of what is good and holy, and now I find I have had to tell my children to look away.

I was taught from a young age that as a Catholic, I needed to be careful to not fall prey to the corruption and evil that exists in the secular world around us. But this time the threat comes from within the church. The problems of the outside world have never shaken my beliefs the way the church itself has done in recent years.

I was also taught to speak out against injustice and all that is wrong, and so I do; however it is against all that I have ever known and believed. So for now, I remain, wanting to walk away, but in doing so feeling like I would be abandoning all that the Catholic Church has destroyed.

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Hush Money: 2.8 Billion Federal Dollars Each Year Goes To Catholic Charities.

It seems entirely possible, if not probable, that the hand of official Catholic activism which might prove pivotal in halting the flow of federal funds to the PP abortion mill, has been stayed by fear of it being removed from its place on the government teat in a similar manner.

We are, of course not advancing a position which conflates the morally repugnant actions of PP with the goodness of the charitable work carried out by Catholic Charities, but the enemies of the Church, the doctrinaire leftists would undoubtedly try to make that very case, unleashing a firestorm of criticism [which the MSM would be all over] that would undoubtedly provide considerable impetus in support of the sentiment that if one is defunded, so should the other – despite their vastly differing moral value.

This logic is certainly not wasted in the ivory towers of USCCB, these are learned men and they certainly can connect these rather obvious dots.

What may however be lacking in USCCB’s calculus, is now that the Pence [R, IN] legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, has passed the House, and is on its way to the Senate, the leftist establishment will without doubt go gunning for Catholic Charities regardless of the outcome of Mr. Pence’s efforts. [Please note: the defunding of the National Public Broadcasting Company, only hastens such a potential outcome]

The Church has a lot to lose, not all of it of a monetary nature.

The receipt of this level of taxpayer funded largesse which flows into the Catholic bureaucracy, we must surmise, has created a morally corrosive conflict of interest – it’s hush money which silences the Church on one of the key aspects of its moral teaching, for fear of upsetting the apple-cart.

As a likely result, the USCCB has abdicated it role as moral leader, cowering behind the considerable stacks of greenbacks which it receives from Uncle Barack.

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Voris: Catholicism is as tangible as the water you drink and the air you breath and the food you eat.

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Msgr. Philip Reilly to Encourage Chicago Pro-Lifers April 8-9

Indomitable pro-life veteran and world renowned sidewalk counselor Monsignor Philip Reilly will visit the Chicago area on April 8-9 for a series of events focusing on the spiritual battle against abortion.

Msgr. Reilly has been active in the pro-life movement since 1967 — six years before Roe v. Wade — and in 1989, along with just four volunteers, he founded the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants outside the infamous Choices abortion center in Brooklyn, New York. Helpers Chapters now span across the United States and 18 countries worldwide.

Don’t miss this chance to learn from and pray with this holy priest!

The schedule for Msgr. Reilly’s Chicago visit is as follows:

Benediction, Rosary and Talk: “The Roots of the Culture of Death and Restoring a Culture of Life”

  • When: Friday, April 8th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Cletus Church, 600 W. 55th St., La Grange, IL (Map)

Mass at Old St. Pat’s and Prayer Vigil at Washington Street Abortuary

  • When: Saturday, April 9, 8 to 10 am
  • Where: Mass at Old St. Patrick Church, 700 W. Adams Street, Chicago (Map). Following Mass, Msgr. Reilly will lead a Rosary procession to Family Planning Associates abortion facility, 659 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago (Map).

Sidewalk Counseling Training Seminar

  • When: Saturday, April 9th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Cletus Education Building, 700 W. 55th St., La Grange, IL (Map)


Spiritual Bouquet for Father John Corapi on Facebook

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Corapi allegations: Unsubstantiated rant of former employee, who, after losing her job, promised to “destroy” Father Corapi.

Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc.
Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension

Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bobbi Ruffatto
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Media, Inc.