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Exorcist warns parents of rise in ‘demonic’ websites

By on Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Anthony Hopkins plays Fr Gary Thomas in the film The Rite

Anthony Hopkins plays Fr Gary Thomas in the film The Rite

An American exorcist has blamed the internet for rising numbers of young people who say they are possessed by the Devil.

Websites dedicated to the occult, witchcraft, Tarot cards, psychics and séances were increasingly exposing young people to demonic influences, said Fr Gary Thomas.

The priest, whose story has just been made into a major Hollywood film starring Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, said that pornography and drug abuse were also “doorways” to harassment by evil spirits.

He said there were “no statistics” on how many people might be possessed but said there was a definite increase.

“What I can tell you is that there are more and more Catholics involved in idolatrous and pagan practices,” he said. “That’s really why there’s more demonic activity. There’s the absence of God in the lives of a lot of people.”

He added: “A lot of parents today have no critical eye of faith with which to even recognise the dangers their children are in. A lot of this is going on with the internet. There are lots and lots of demonic websites.”

Speaking to the Catholic World Report magazine he continued: “A demon doesn’t show up. He has to be invited in … The involvement in pagan, satanic, or occult practices are the classical ways.

“Pornography is a doorway. But addictions of any kind can be – not are, but can be – a doorway, but it’s coupled with other things. For instance, drug use alone isn’t going to invite the demonic in, but coupled with the occult it could.”

Fr Thomas, of San José diocese, California, is rapidly emerging as the most famous exorcist in America after the story of his ministry was turned into a film called The Rite, which will be released in Britain on February 25.

  • Francoist

    The Catholic Church is the one that has always witness what morality is and how to live it by the way. With the help to the poor, to the sick, the education, the teachings of moral values, the fight against abortion the proclamation of the truth about Jesus the Son of God and on… Without the Church the world would still be in darkness. The Catholic Church is the light through Jesus Christ in this world covered with darkness.

  • Ratbag

    Roman Catholic priests are often called in to studios to monitor filming of a demonic possession etc. when films or TV dramas and docs etc are made. For example, the BBC called in a priest when they filmed their exorcist drama “Apparitions”. It is to ensure things are done properly and they are on standby should the worst happens.
    They ensure proprieties are met.

  • Ratbag

    Don’t talk wet!

  • Bonydiver

    That’s not what was publcished in this story which recognised the failings you mention as a ‘doorway’

  • ERF

    I can’t believe this. Second decade into the 21st century and we still have people having a go at pagans. I’m an atheist, I don’t practice their spirituality, but I can look at history as objectively as humanly possible. Pagans were first, they liked/like the sun, moon and earth. I’m pretty sure all of those exist. The ones you meet these days are less discriminative than a lot of different denominations of Christians. That is what I’ve found, now, why don’t you just back off and leave people alone. You’re the ones who seem to have the problems with certain people. It’s like you don’t want to be taken seriously.

    There are people of two different faiths who have attacked me for just being myself. Christianity and Islam. Not even the Jews have a go.

  • EASH

    Is that all you can say, Ratbag?

    You can see how asinine and repetitive the Church has been in placing the blame in the comments.

  • Areo

    They TELL how to live by it, but dont LIVE by it, they interpret the books in such a way that they get away with anything.
    Without the religions there would not have been crusades, millions of deaths due to religous wars, two sides fighting each other ‘in the name of God’ (how pathetic), no killing of non-believers.
    And, morality is not an invention of the church, don’t wipe away thousands of years before there was christianity.
    Threathening with burning in hell if people dont do what they say, demonising all not in their precious books.
    Make other religions look bad by telling how evil they are comes from both sides.
    And don’t say now ‘yes but we are right’ because that is what ‘they’ say as well.
    Rule by fear is not good, and not what your God ever wanted, it is what the priesthood made of it, to get fat and rich over the heads of their sheep.
    Now they see their sheep run away, and bad inside news as well, so they have to put the attention elsewhere, so at the ‘demonic’ sites in the Internet, LoL.
    They made these demones themselves!

  • Wighthelen

    Hmmm Paedophiles and bullies claiming young people are being subjected to ‘evil’ sites. Clean up your own act first. I think the truth is that you are losing power and control, and ultimately money when people seek advice from sources other than the church. Pagan religions follow nature’s cycle and are linked to the land. If they are so terrible why has the Catholic chuch taken on board so many of the pagan gods and ‘Christianised’ them. i.e St Brigid, St Michael (Michaelmass) Christmas (Yule), As a pagan I accept your right to worship and utterly concur that the catholic faith leads to God, but so does the Jewish, Buddhist and Islamic faith. The god is the same, the paths vary. You fail to acknowledge the female element or that the ‘old ones’ were here first. I agree that drugs, pornography and alcohol is a terrible thing that can lead to mental illness, but pagans and tarot cards are not responsible, but I’m wasting my time here. How much money is the Catholic Church going to make from the priest film. Incidentally my friend’s sister who was mentally disturbed was ‘welcomed’ by the Christian church of Spiritualism and it tipped her into a mental episode. She had previously approached me for a Tarot reading, which I had refused as ethically it is not accptable (or legal) and was subjected to verbal abuse as a consequence. Did you know that the Waite tarot pack has many religious references. AND it was the Catholics who called the pagan god generally known as Pan the devil, when in fact his animal feet show the animal in all of us, the human trunk and face denote humans being above animals as they are thinking beings, the horns represent the human need to connect with God. Will you research any of this? No you won’t you’ll go on spreading lies and propaganda that you wouldn’t get away with for any other religion! I reiterate I have no problem with any religion, why do you feel that you need to attack mine. We all share the same God!

  • Hadrek

    blame the nazarene he was the one walking around naked most of the time occultus is not involved personanly got the major and minor daemons for man made filth dominus has no authority to address me

  • Areo

    Hmm, what about inquisition, crusades, witch hunts, indoctrination due threathening with hell if not obeyed, enforced conversion to the catholic belief with a sword in the hand (convert or die), prosecuting people who say something not in ‘the book’, a church extremely rich, while its believers die of hunger.
    What about saying what they tell is the only truth, while every other believe also tells the same?
    What about covering up child molest by saying: This is a priest, priests do not do that, Protestant priests, they do it, but not catholic ones.
    Equal dignity of all human beings, as long as they are catholic and baptised.
    Torturing people to death to make them confess anything, in the name of God (these guys have something to explain, later, when they stand in front of God).
    Destroying pagan religions by putting churches on temple locations, stealing pagan festivals and use them as Easter, Christmas, and some more?
    Blaming an entire race for the death of a prophet for 2000 years.

  • Areo

    @Catholicsrock, you dont know it because they don’t tell you.
    There is much more they did not tell you.
    You are right, there is only one truth, and that is the truth of God, but that is not the same as the truth of the church, As they do not preach the word of God, only their own word.
    Just like any other mono or ploly theistic religion by the way, just to feed the priests.
    You give money to them, every month/week, right?
    All those billion others also do that, that is a few billion a month, at least, do they spend that much on charity?

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  • Loudmouth2011

    help me i have a demond in me i think its nabalam the destroyer the devil is the best thing that has ever happened to me he is the god go to hell