Our raucous times!
Just look at the diametrically opposed views of exorcists — in the same nation (of Ireland).
First, Father Pat Collins, Vincentian priest, exorcist and renowned Catholic charismatic, in a presentation to Catholic Charismatic Conference, Charleville, Ireland November 10, 2019 (Excerpt from Talk No. 4 – End Times)
Speaking about darkness in the Church he listed (1) Abuse . (2) Bishops and priests in a particular area of the world in scandalous relationships with nuns. (3) Recent report citing gay activity by members of the Vatican. (4) Opposition to Pope Francis.
On point No. 4 he warned:
“Recently Pope Francis has said that the Church is in danger of a schism — that whole sections would just split off and the reason for this is that although there is a problem on the liberal side, the main problem is coming from conservative Catholics and that they are rejecting the legitimacy of Pope Francis’ election, it’s widespread on the internet and there are theologians saying this, that Benedict was, in a way pressured to step down, is their thesis and that therefore that renders the election of Pope Francis invalid so that he is not the real Pope and I saw recently that there’s a whole group now saying that priests should not mention his name when they are saying Mass, in the Eucharistic Prayer, that they should say Benedict our Pope and not Francis our Pope. A whole group of theologians and lay people have charged Francis with being a heretic and the cite one thing after another which, in their eyes, prove that he is not teaching what the Church has always taught and if you go on the social media and read what people, particularly the conservatives are saying about the Pope it is full of hate, envy, judgement and condemnation – it is coming from the dark side (applause) and I notice that a couple of weeks ago Francis gave a homily on calumny, this is spreading false reports about somebody else and he said those who do this are the agents of the devil.
“Now the Charismatic Renewal tends to be very conservative and I have heard many things in the Charismatic Renewal, including from leaders, that trouble me greatly because they are on the Schismatic Side – So if you have ears to hear please listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church – Francis is God’s anointed (applause), the charism of teaching Catholic faith and morals in a reliable and indeed in big situations infallibly has not deserted him, the problem lies with the people who don’t accept him and I beg you, examine your conscience because I hear it in prayer groups, I hear people talking and they don’t think I’m hearing…………………………”
Now contrast that with four Irish exorcists have issued a joint statement asking Catholics worldwide to dedicate December 6 as a day of fasting, prayer and reparation, “for the purpose of driving out any diabolic influence within the Church that has been gained as a result of recent events.” Their statement in full:
“In light of recent events regarding the Pachamama ritual in the Vatican Gardens, the subsequent procession of the idol into St. Peter’s, as well as placing the idols in St. Maria in Traspontina church, we are reminded of the words of St. Paul (1 Corinthians 10:20), ‘Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is anything? Or, that the idol is anything? But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.’
“The Psalms (95:5) tell us that ‘all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.’ These events bring home the reality that (Ephesians 6:12) ‘our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.’ These events bring home the reality that we are in spiritual warfare and that warfare is happening within the Church, itself.
“We are, therefore, encouraging all Catholics who recognize the evil of the events to join us in a day of prayer and penance on December 6th, for the purpose of driving out any diabolic influence within the Church that has been gained as a result of these recent events — along with any other events.
“We are asking all of those who participate to do the following for this intention:
3.) to offer the prayers to the Sacred Heart, as seen below.
Other recommended acts which we encourage others to do for this intention is make a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament and attend Mass that day, offering the merits of the Mass for this intention.
May the Divine Mercy rest upon all of us.”
[Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.
Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy Law.
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints.
We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy eternal Father on the cross and which Thou dost continue to renews daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent other from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.]
[resources: spiritual warfare books]