by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
(June 9, 2008) The devil loves to take over people who hold political office, says the famous Italian exorcist, Father Gabriel Amorth.
“Evil exists in politics, quite often in fact,” Father Amorth said during an interview published in the Spanish daily, La Razon.
“The devil loves to take over business leaders and those who hold political office. Hitler and Stalin were possessed. How do I know? Because they killed millions of people. The Gospel says: ‘By their fruits you will know them.’ Unfortunately, an exorcism on them would not have been enough, since they were convinced of what they were doing. We can’t say it was a possession in the strict sense of the word, but rather a total and voluntary acceptance of the suggestions of the devil.”
Nobody, not even himself, is safe from the devil, said the 82 year old exorcist. “Everyone is vulnerable . . . . The devil is very intelligent. He retains the intelligence of the angel that he was.”
When someone comes to him for help, the first thing he does is ask them to see a doctor or a psychiatrist.
“Most of the time there is a physical or psychological basis for explaining their suffering. The psychiatrists send me the incurable cases. There is no rivalry. The psychiatrist determines if it is an illness, the exorcist if it is a curse,” he explained.
“Suppose, for example, that someone you work with is envious of you and casts a spell on you. You would get sick. Ninety percent of the cases that I deal with are precisely spells. The rest are due to membership in satanic sects or participation in séances or magic. If you live in harmony with God, it is much more difficult for the devil to possess you,” Father Amorth stated.
Father Amorth has performed more than 70,000 exorcisms since the day he was assigned to assist another famous exorcist of Rome, Father Candido Amantini in 1986. From that point on, he realized just how much work was to be done, and how few exorcists there were to do it. He dedicated the rest of his life to this ministry, founded the International Association of Exorcists and has authored two books on the subject with the hopes of educating the world about the existence of Satan.
He is well known for speaking his mind with no regard for political correctness. A the height of the Harry Potter craze, he glibly informed the press that “Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of the darkness, the devil.” He condemned the popular books for making false distinctions between white and black magic and for their many positive references to the satanic arts.
Unfortunately, not enough people are listening to his sage advice. Satanic sects are proliferating, he said in the recent interview, and for this reason, his calendar is full for the next two months.
“I work seven days a week,” he said, “from morning until night, including Christmas Eve and Holy Week.”
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