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Exorcism Of Mother Theresa?

Movie Cannon or Everyday Part of Our World?

By Jason Ray Morton Published 3 years ago 3 min read

What is an exorcism? Exorcism defined is an adjuration addressed to evil spirits forcing them to abandon an object, place or person. Technically, a ceremony used in both Jewish and Christian Traditions to expel demons from people that have come under the power of the demon. The rites and rituals of preliterate people to ward off or to expel evil spirits are also a form of exorcism, though they are sometimes considered witchcraft.

How is an exorcism authorized? Exorcisms, in the modern day have to be approved by a process within the church. First, there’s an investigation into the claims. There has to be a certification that the victim of the alleged possession isn’t suffering from mental health issues. Once it’s believed that the problem isn’t one of a physical or chemical nature, leading the investigator to believe the problem is spiritual, the Arch Bishop then must authorize the rituals. A trained member of the church is assigned to perform the ritual under very strict rules.

“Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus, omnis satanica potestas, omnis incursio infernalis adversarii, omnis legio, omnis congregatio et secta diabolica.”

Nothing, I think, could be possibly scarier than the idea of a real-life demon taking control of our body. Nevertheless, in the mid-1990s, a spike in exorcism requests occurred right about the same time as movies like The Last Exorcism and The Exorcism of Emily Rose were being written. The Story of "Emily Rose, of course, is based on the real-life story of Annaliese Michel. Annaliese Michel died at the age of twenty-three after suffering from an affliction for years. She believed she was possessed by not one, but six demons. The dammed souls of Cain, Judas Iscariot, Adolf Hitler, Nero, and Fleischmann (a disgraced priest) appeared to have taken control of her body. At times, through graveled voice, even the demonic Lucifer, the devil in the flesh, appeared to be one of the demons that controlled her.

The Catholic Church practices exorcism rights and the belief that one is needed has to be formally submitted and receive approval of the church before the exorcism can be performed. The approvals require sanctioning by an Arch Bishop at a minimum and some have been approved by the Pope himself.

In 1997 at a hospital in Calcutta India, a frail and weak woman lay in a bed. Her skin was pale and thin, her limbs gaunt. As nurses and doctors cared for her, she found sleep eluded her in the night. Suddenly becoming quite agitated as the darkness began to fall, the weakened form of the saintly Mother Teresa, would thrash around, finding unusual bursts of strength, pulling at wires connected to her body. She was alarmingly restless in the darkness of the late hours, yet peculiarly calm in the daylight. It was at the time, the Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry D'Souza, learned that the doctors could not discover a medical reason for her sleeplessness that he asked in a priest, in the name of the Catholic Church, to perform an exorcism of Mother Teresa.

79-year old Father Rosario Stoscio of Sicily reported to the press that prior to him performing the prayer of exorcism, to drive out the evil spirits that were within her, she had been "acting strange" and a little oddly. After the exorcism was completed, she was calm and restful. Much of this was kept secreted away until four years after the passing of Mother Teresa. It was a controversy that the church tried to initially deny but then confirmed to the press, stating that the Archbishop did not want to cast doubt on her good works and legacy. Nevertheless, for one of the most sacred of rituals, being sanctioned only when the church had reason to believe that a person was possessed by demonic spirits, prior to passing away at 87-years old, an exorcism was performed on Mother Teresa.

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Jason Ray Morton

I have always enjoyed writing and exploring new ideas, new beliefs, and the dreams that rattle around inside my head. I have enjoyed the current state of science, human progress, fantasy and existence and write about them when I can.

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