Demons and evil spirits can be fought with the strength of prayer. This is the main theme of the tenth edition of the course “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation”. A series of meeting that wants to teach priests, laymen, doctors, psychologists, teachers and pastors to deal with demonic possessions and to tell them apart from psychological problems.
After the success of the past editions, the course – organized by the Istituto Sacerdos in collaboration with the Group of Social-Religious Research and Information of Bologna (GRIS), and with the patronage of the Congregation for the Clergy – starts April 13 to April 18 in the European university of Rome. “We live in a secularized society, and now more than ever there is the tendency to open the door to occultism and esotericism – explained Father Pedro Barrajon, director of Sacerdos – the actions of the Devil are supported by magicians and fortune-tellers who can have a real impact on possessions”
This course aims to the acknowledgement of exotericism from a theological and scientific point of view; and to teach how to deal with the little dangers of cults, magic, occultism, Satanism and nihilism, especially among young people. The internship, as the organizer call it, “because of the very essence of the topic, it is likely to arouse sensationalism flooding from right theology”. It aims to go deeper in the “theological foundation about the actions of angels and demons”, the celebration and liturgical rituals for exorcists, the biblical parts “about Jesus Christ as exorcist”, the dialogue with other subjects as psychology, law and medicine.
The six-day course starts with Father Jesus Villagrasa, whereas the introduction is led by Father Barrajon following the introduction of Card. Mauro Piacenza and the lectio magistralis of Mons. Luigi Negri, archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio. During the study sessions experts will speak, among them: Prof. Giuseppe Ferrari, director of GRIS; Mons. Davide Salvatori, prelate of the Rota Romana; the theologian and historian Mons Hemut Moll; Don Aldo Bonaiuto, responsible for the anti-cult service of Pope John XXIII Community; Anna Maria Giannini, professor of psychiology at Sapienza University of Rome; Enrico De Simone, vicar of police commissioner of Ancona; and Michele Nardi, vicar Procurator at the Procure of Rome. At the end of the course, the round table with the exorcists father Francesco Bamonte, father François Dermine, father Cesar Truqui e friar Benigno Palilla.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa