- - Do you believe in #demonicpossession?
It is a phenomenon that is on the rise throughout the world: The number of cases of demonic possession - and demands for priests to carry out #exorcisms - is, according to multiple sources, soaring.
Medical science remains sceptical. However, a #Princeton-and-#Yale-educated mainstream psychiatrist believes demonic possession is indeed very real - and claims that the majority of #Americans agree with him.
With 25 years experience in a private psychiatric practice and as a professor at #NewYorkMedicalCollege and #ColumbiaUniversity, Dr Richard Gallagher has a rare vantage point to observe human behavior. And then there is the inhuman.
He is also a sought-after psychiatrist for discernment, the initial step in determining the need for exorcism. Dr Gallagher has evaluated hundreds of cases of possible possession and, in a wide-ranging and rare interview with the Telegraph, explains why he believes the phenomenon is genuine.
In April, at a #Vatican training course for exorcist priests, participants were told that demand for exorcism is booming as a result of a decline in #Christian faith and the internet providing easy access to #blackmagic, the #occult and #Satanism.
They’re very, very smart. The intelligence level of a fallen angel, which is what I call them, is far superior to human beings
#PopeFrancis has repeatedly reminded his followers that #Satan is "a real being, roaming the #Earth to devour souls like a lion". In April, he wrote: “Hence, we should not think of the Devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable.” He observed that life can be “a constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil”. Last year, speaking to priests attending a Vatican course on confession, the Pope said confessors “should not hesitate” to refer penitents who are suffering from “genuine spiritual disturbances” to exorcists. @freedom_faction More in comments#OccultWorld