Why is it that only in the last few years, after decades of a long drought, has the Church actually started to train exorcists? When I started in this ministry years ago, there were only a handful of exorcists and no formal training. Even now, despite the Holy See’s request that every diocese have an exorcist, there are still entire countries without any. Moreover, almost all seminaries still do not include any deliverance training.
Now, however, there is a veritable explosion of interest here and in some countries abroad, and many young priests are getting involved in deliverance work. St. Michael Center provides on-going training for exorcists and has trained hundreds of priests in the deliverance ministry, including how to recognize the presence of the Evil One and cast him out in Jesus’ name. Previously, Satan was able to hide and go about doing his destructive work in secret. Those days are rapidly disappearing.
Why the change? Here is a quote from an article from the Catholic News Agency:
On October 13, 1884 Pope Leo XIII, just after celebrating Mass, turned pale and
collapsed as though dead. Those standing nearby rushed to his side. They found
him alive but the pontiff looked frightened. He then recounted having a vision of
Satan approaching the throne of God, boasting that he could destroy the Church.
According to Pope Leo XIII the Lord reminded him that his Church was
imperishable. Satan then replied, “Grant me one century and more power of
those who will serve me, and I will destroy it.” Our Lord granted him 100 years.
The 20th century was a particularly brutal century with two world wars and more. But now, the 100 years are up. The Church has not been destroyed. And a growing army of exorcists together with a multitude of faith-filled, zealous laity are fighting back, by the power of Christ. This closing battle, culminating the end of the 100 years, is upon us.
The presence of Satan is no longer hidden. The battle is out front and clear. 300 Catholic Churches in the U.S.A. have been attacked since May 2020 and the number is escalating. Hundreds of thousands of people are openly claiming to be witches, wiccans, occult practitioners, and/or Satanists. Fundamental moral values are being openly challenged to the degradation of people and their families, including our children. Statues of the evil demon, Baphomet, are being publicly enshrined.
The Bible tells us: “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits…” (Eph 6:12).
But we are confident and at peace. In an exorcism, when I hear the demons, including Baphomet, howl and scream when they merely look upon a crucifix or are sprinkled with holy water, I am reminded that even the most powerful demons are dust in the presence of the Son of God. St. Michael and the faithful angels cast out Lucifer and his minions at the beginning of time and will do so definitively at the end. This time, they will have a little help from their friends.