The Handcuffed Demons Within You

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  July 20, 2010 — 3 Comments

While I like to talk about some of the fringe protestant Christian groups that see us as the enemy, the Catholic Church has its own subculture of extremists obsessed with combating Paganism and the occult. This impulse within Catholicism most clearly manifests as a renewed interest in the rite of exorcism. I understand that Pope Benedict XVI has taken a dim view of some interfaith work done on the part of the Church, but listing adherence to an established religion as proof of demon possession may be further than even he would be willing to go in a public forum.

“Father Euteneuer does not speak as a theorist. Since 2003 he’s had extensive experience ministering to those possessed by demons … Father Euteneuer told me possession is almost always a result of someone getting involved in some sort of occult practices, such as witchcraft, Wicca, tarot cards, and Ouiji boards. “Harry Potter and these Twilight vampires glamorize the power of evil,” Father Eutenener explained, “and this has lead to many, many cases of possession among young people.” It may begin with a child or teenager simply “playing around” with the occult, but that seemingly harmless act is “opening a window” to possession.”

Father Euteneuer, like all “occult experts” selling Satan, is peddling a book. In it, he goes so far as to suggest that merely hanging out with a Pagan could infect you with an “occult demon”.

“Occult demons are the most difficult to expel due to their mode of infestation. They generally come in through a person’s participation in or contact with occult things or people, even if the person thought that he was just playing a game. . . .”

Interestingly, while Father Euteneuer says that “Demons are basically handcuffed, and they know it”, he’s also quick to criticize DIY exorcisms by untrained non-Catholic “prayer warriors”.

“I am also concerned about real abuses that happen in spiritual warfare when people are trying to deal with evil without the protection of the Church. They may have a legitimate desire to be free from demonic forces but they can unwittingly get caught up in the very evil they are trying to quell.”

One has to wonder if this is a swipe at some of the spiritual warfare-happy protestant groups? After all, if any old Christian could cast out demons, why buy the book? Then again, he’s being interviewed by someone very much in favor of Catholic-Evangelical political alliances, so who’s to say?

Obviously not all Catholics are demon-haunted like Father Euteneuer, my father’s a staunch Catholic and I don’t think he believes I’m being controlled by various devils (right dad?), nor do most rank-and-file believers seem to be lining up for exorcisms because their teenager is reading “Twilight” or dabbling in Wicca. But this new zeal for exorcisms among certain priests and believers is troublesome, especially since Euteneur isn’t the first exorcist to list modern Paganism as a symptom of possession. Further, their zeal for occult battle is vindicated when prominent Bishops fear a looming “esoteric religiosity” due to the evils of secularism, and their Pope warns of “subjugation to occult powers” in his encyclical on love. When your religion isn’t merely criticized, or found to be in error, but actively demonized, seen as a pure evil to be cast out, there can be no real conversation or understanding. It sparks a dehumanizing process that can lead to violent outbursts against those who are “other”.

If this impulse towards demonization, willful misunderstanding, and distortions continue, what will happen when new efforts to “re-evangelize” the West gain steam? One can only hope that the Catholic Church realizes the implications of the rhetoric it allows from its clergy, and the problematic undercurrents of inter-faith warfare within the now-burgeoning exorcism movement. If not, how long before we have Catholics pursuing and branding “witches” in the West as certain unscrupulous Christian pastors now do in parts of Africa.

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  • Fireowner

    Give Dragon's Eye a break. Their assessment is spot on for at least the last six to seven centuries.

  • Dragon’s Eye

    Maybe the REAL question should be:

    ” WHO will protect us FROM the ‘church’ and its fundamentalist, blind followers? ”

    Twas NOT the Pagans who have responsible for the mass-slaughter of entire cultures and nations!

    Twas NOT the Pagans who sought to ban and outlaw virtually every Natural human behavior and endeavor that was not in accord to the dictates of a few persons in the church!

    Twas NOT the Pagans who insist on forcibly ‘converting’ other peoples and cultures from afar to a religion that is alien to those cultures ( all without their consent – as implied by ‘forcibly’ )!

    Twas NOT the Pagans that taught such aggregious behaviors as “hate”, “shame”, and other unnatural behaviors towards things natural and prime!

    Twas NOT the Pagans that exploited entire peoples and our Natural Home for vain and selfish means and goals!

    Twas NOT the Pagans that made others of ‘lesser faith’ feel guilty and ‘evil’ just for having their OWN ways and NOT amounting to SOMEONE else’s ideals and ‘caliber’!

    Twas NOT the Pagans who sought out and burned ancient books, writings, pictures, and other pieces of historical significance that were deemed ‘evil’ by their blind followers ( all under the dictates of the church-heads )!

    Twas NOT the Pagans who chose to live their lives in constant fear and apprehension about a future uncertain, instead of actually LIVING today and now – and learning from the mistakes of today and now, rather than repeating them for centuries to come!

    Twas NOT the Pagans who were responsible for the helped-extinctions of entire species of plant and animal, as well as traditions and cultures, because they were deemed ‘unfit to remain in existence’!

    * * *

    The history of the last six-to-seven thousand years ( give or take a century or two ) has seen the spiritual devolvement and “distancing” from the Divine and Natural Man on a mass scale == ALL BECAUSE of the so-called ‘church of catholicism, christianity, islam, judaism, and various other “derivatives of the Egyptian Akhenatenism ( worship of one Sun God – exclusive of any others ). The current ‘religions’ have destroyed much of the stable and sustainable attitudes that Pagans once held as a Sacred Trust and Duty! There have been countless wars, with more already in the making == all under the blessings of the ‘church’. There have numerous “sex-scandals” where many ‘priests’ and other clergy have be given a pass for their revolting treatment of their child congregationers, all protected by the ‘church’! ( Any TRUE Pagan would protect and defend children of all stripe, color, and clan from harm, by death if need be, BEFORE anyone “of the cloth” would ever be allowed to remain hurting children! )

    Very few Pagans have been known for ‘child-sacrifices’, but HOW MANY Pagan children were sacrificed on the altar of ‘conversion’??? How many innocent people suffered because of the Crusades, Spanish Inquisition, and the horrible and memorable Witch Burnings in both Northern Europe and Colonial America? ( All under the ‘ church’s ‘ doctrine called: ” Malleus Maleficarum ” – or Witch’s Hammer ??? )

    I could go on about the TRUE victims of a brutal, not-forgotten history here, but I feel it would be a huge waste of bandwidth to go into details of a KNOWN HISTORY that these ‘churches’ will never publicly admit to!

    I pity those who still subscribe to the “victim mentality” as we only remain so, by our own choice.

    Many wonderful and sacred traditions are lost to the mists of time because of a brutal ‘church-leader’s’ decrees! This is insanity that must pass away, and be replaced with Natural, in-born commonsense again. Peace only comes about through patience, love, compassion, accepting; knowing and applying the Supreme Laws of Nature and Nature’s Deities! ( Gods, Goddesses, and ALL Beings )

    ” Peace, Love, and Light,
    We are ALL Children of the Same One! ”

    – Dragon’s Eye

  • Dragon's Eye

    Ooops! Meant: " CATHOL-I-CISM ".