Hardly a day goes by when we do not read about more Catholic priests involved in child molestation. I have read stories about convents where their plumbing had been backed up by the presence of aborted babies.
Paul’s Admonishment for Celibacy and Marriage
Catholic priests have never married, but this is certainly not a command from the Word of God. The practice of celibacy of priests and nuns is directly from the Vatican.
Here is what Paul says in the Word about living a celibate life:
“Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:
It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (1 Corinthians 7:1-9). (Emphasis added)
Clearly, Paul is advising the brethren to live a celibate life if it is possible. But he says “If they cannot exercise self -control, let them marry.” Paul refers to matters such as this as “gifts from God,” and emphasizes that this is said as a concession – not a commandment.
God created us as sexual beings
When God created man and woman, He made them sexual for two reasons:
- To procreate
- For enjoyment within the confines of Marriage
The Catholic Church and Deviant Sex
Is it not obvious that depriving the priests and nuns of marrying and having normal lives, has resulted in untold numbers of ruined lives; hundreds (maybe thousands) of children sexually molested by priests? Many priests have had sexual relations with nuns and have forced these women to abort their babies.
The Catholic Church is NOT Christianity
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is how Christ’s shed blood and death on the Cross was payment in full for our sins. He was raised on the 3rd day to conquer hell and death for those who would repent (agree that they are helpless sinners in need of a Savior) and believe that Jesus paid their sin debt – and receive Him as Savior. We who are in Christ are under a better Covenant – the Covenant of Grace.
The Catholic Church teaches that a person gets to heaven by his/her good works. This is precisely why Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Catholic Church. His eyes had been opened to the heart of the Gospel – Salvation by Grace through faith.
There are Saved Catholics
Yes, I have met some people who, for whatever reason, were born again but chose to stay in the Catholic church. I have asked many of these people how they got saved. Invariably it was from Christians sharing the Gospel with them; or seeing a grounded Bible believing pastor preaching on television.
Because millions of so-called clergyman in the Catholic church are doing the devil’s work by keeping their people from the true road to Salvation; I believe that many of the priests who sexually abuse the young and innocent altar boys are themselves demonically possessed. Couple together the fact that these “priests” are sworn to a life of celibacy with the fact that they are not following Jesus – this is a set up for these men to be demon possessed. Of course, some may have been possessed before entering the priesthood!
The Vatican Holding Training Sessions for Exorcism is Ludicrous
Remember when the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub? That was clearly blasphemous. But a class filled with Catholic priests training others to learn how to cast out demons – well, I have no words……
Vatican to hold exorcist training course after ‘rise in possessions’
The Vatican is to hold a training course for priests in exorcism next month amid claims that demands for deliverance from demonic possession have greatly increased across the the world.
The Vatican-backed International Association of Exorcists, which represents more than 200 Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox priests, said the increase represented a “pastoral emergency”.
According to a priest from Sicily, the number of people in Italy claiming to be possessed had tripled to 500,000 a year, and an Irish priest has said demand for exorcisms has “risen exponentially”.
Last year, the Christian thinktank Theos reported that exorcisms were a “booming industry” in the UK, particularly among Pentecostal churches.
But some warn that “deliverance ministry” can be a form of spiritual abuse. Critics also say LGBT people and those with mental health issues are targeted for deliverance in the belief that their sexuality or psychiatric problems are the result of demonic possession.
The Vatican training course, which will be held at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome between 16-21 April, will focus on exorcism and the prayer of liberation, a prayer commonly used for deliverance from possession.
“The fight against the evil one started at the origin of the world, and is destined to last until the end of the world,” Fr Cesare Truqui, one of the speakers, told Vatican News.
“But today we are at a stage crucial in history: many Christians no longer believe in [the devil’s] existence, few exorcists are appointed and there are no more young priests willing to learn the doctrine and practice of liberation of souls.”
Fr Benigno Palilla, an exorcist from Sicily who reported a tripling of demonic possession cases on the island, acknowledged the issue was controversial, but added: “The demoniacs … suffer a lot.”
Training in deliverance was essential, he told Vatican Radio. “A self-taught exorcist certainly makes errors. I will say more: it would also take a period of apprenticeship, as happens for many professionals.”
In Ireland, Fr Pat Collins said he had been inundated, almost daily, with people seeking help to deal with what they believed to be demonic possession and other evil, and called for more training in exorcism.
“It’s only in recent years that the demand has risen exponentially,” he told the Irish Catholic. “What I’m finding out desperately, is people who in their own minds believe – rightly or wrongly – that they’re afflicted by an evil spirit.
“I think in many cases they wrongly think it, but when they turn to the church, the church doesn’t know what to do with them.”
Pope Francis has said if a priest becomes aware of “genuine spiritual disturbances … he must not hesitate to refer the issue to those who, in the diocese, are charged with this delicate and necessary ministry, namely, exorcists”.
The Church of England offers guidelines on deliverance which say that for some people “going through times of suffering and anxiety, or when distressed by what seem to be continuing experiences of evil within or around them … it may be right to ask for God’s saving help through the church’s deliverance ministry”.
The guidelines, which were updated in 2012, say caution must be exercised and “the ministry of exorcism and deliverance may only be exercised by a priest authorised by the diocesan bishop”.
Such priests should be trained in deliverance and should not minister alone. They should be covered by adequate insurance, the document says.
“Language, body language and touch should be courteous and considerate … No one should receive ministry against their will.”
The guidelines say doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists should be consulted where appropriate, and that deliverance should be followed up with continuing pastoral care and “should be done with a minimum of publicity”.
According to Anne Richards, the C of E’s national adviser on such issues: “Exorcism in a technical sense is incredibly rare. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a case that’s been authorised.”
Each of the C of E’s 42 dioceses has at least one person experienced and trained in deliverance, she said.
The church was “extremely concerned” that deliverance and healing should be undertaken in collaboration with professionals, such as doctors, and in the context of good safeguarding practice, she said.
But, she added, “I accept in some cases people get together and do something ad hoc. It shouldn’t happen – it needs to be a proper process.”
According to Christianity and Mental Health, a report by Theos, demand in the UK is being partly “driven by immigrant communities and Pentecostal churches which are very open about their exorcism services”.
Ben Ryan, its author, said charismatic and Pentecostal churches, particularly in areas with large west African communities, were advertising “healings” and exorcism outside their premises.
But, he said, “some Christians are sometimes treating mental health issues as if everything is spiritual. So if someone tells a church leader they are suffering from depression, sometimes the response is that everything can be treated with prayer. The extreme end of that is exorcism.”
The report quoted one chaplain, who said he had “never seen anything I would say that looked like demonic possession, but I’ve seen plenty of people who have been told that’s what they’re experiencing by other Christians”.
Priests in the US have also reported a growing demand for exorcisms in recent years.
The shortage of clergy trained in exorcism has led to a growing number of independent operators in Europe, who will rid people and properties of demons for up to €500 a time, according to the Economist. – source
I believe that if our Lord Jesus was present for this “course” on exorcisms, that He would make sure that the first one in line to be exorcized would be Pope Francis!