Over 100 Catholic clergy attend exorcism training in Baltimore

November 17, 2010

Baltimore, Md. (CNA) — Despite the intrigue and attention given to the topic of exorcism, the primary work of the Devil lies in daily “temptation,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki said, following a successful exorcism training weekend hosted by the U.S. bishops in Baltimore.

The Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism took place Nov. 12-13, just before the bishops’ annual fall assembly. According to Bishop Paprocki, who chairs the Bishop’s Committee on Canonical Affairs, the program came about after an increasing number of inquiries from priests in the U.S.

Because only a “small number” of priests have undergone exorcism training, the conference was held “really to provide some guidance for bishops,” he said.

He explained that exorcism training falls under the jurisdiction of the canonical affairs committee because of the requirement in canon law that says a priest needs permission from his bishop to perform an exorcism.

Over 100 bishops and priests attend the two day conference, which Bishop Paprocki said they described as “very helpful.”

He went on to say that “the reality is that an exorcism is really rare. It’s really something rather extraordinary because possession – a person being possessed by a devil or demon – is also very rare.”

“Given the fact that possession and exorcisms are rare, people tend to think that that’s the only activity of the Devil,” and they mistakenly think that “if I’m not possessed, I don’t need to worry about the Devil,” he said.

However, it’s “quite the opposite,” he explained. “The ordinary work of the Devil is temptation and everybody has to face that everyday.”

“The ordinary response to dealing with temptation” can be found in “the ordinary means of spiritual life that the church offers: the Sacraments, going to Confession, receiving Holy Communion, saying prayers and devotions, the Rosary, blessings, Holy Water, things like that,” he said.

“And in fact, I would go so far as to say that the Sacrament of Penance is more powerful than an exorcism.

“An exorcism is a type of blessing in effect – it’s a sacramental – whereas the Sacrament of Penance is actually a sacrament,” the bishop explained.

“So if we live a good life, a good spiritual life that’s sound, we don’t need to worry about that.”

Bishop Paprocki smiled as he clarified that exorcism is ”sensationalized in the movies,” and that demonic possession “is not contagious.”

Usually it’s needed “because people have willingly and freely opened the door to the Devil, looking for that kind of involvement and enjoying the pleasures that the Devil has to offer,” he said.

“It’s a relationship – a relationship between a human person and a fallen angel – a devil.”

“Exorcism,” he explained, “is breaking that relationship,” and it “starts with the person renouncing Satan.”

Primarily, it “involves getting a person to renounce that relationship,” and “secondly, for a priest to intervene and invoke the power of Christ to break that relationship.”

Speaking on what determines the need for an exorcism, Bishop Paprocki said that “we use the principle that you have to exclude all the natural explanations before you resort to the supernatural.”

“That means getting a medial exam” and a “psychiatric assessment” first, he clarified. If a person is mentally unwell, bringing up the suggestion that he or she is possessed would undoubtedly make the situation worse.

“That’s why a careful screening and permission from the bishop is needed,” he explained.

Vocations Fair Promotes Priesthood, Religious Life

September 21, 2010

STEUBENVILLE, OH (MetroCatholic) - Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Annual Religious Vocation Awareness Day will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010. Nearly 100 religious orders and dioceses will be represented from all over the United States and Europe, making the event one of the largest of its kind.

“This event is a time of great blessing for the campus and an occasion for our students to see first hand the opportunities of religious life in the Church,” said Father Rick Martignetti, director of Franciscan University’s Pre-Theologate Program.

The day includes the Vocations Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse at the center of campus and a Mass for vocations at 12:05 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel, concelebrated by Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O’Brien and Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. Archbishop O’Brien will also deliver an address on the priesthood at 7:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel on October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Orders attending the vocations fair in Finnegan Fieldhouse will include the Third Order Regular (TOR) Franciscans who operate Franciscan University, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the Benedictines, Carmelites, and Dominicans. The Archdioceses of Philadelphia, Chicago, and the Military Services will also be among the participants.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call the Pre-Theologate Program Office at 740-283-6495.

In Wake of Abortion Death, Groups Call for Revocation of Maryland Abortionist’s License

June 1, 2010

BALTIMORE, M.D., (MetroCatholic) -

Pro-Life groups are calling for the Maryland Board of Physicians (MBP) to revoke the medical license of abortionist Romeo Ferrer at a disciplinary hearing tomorrow concerning the abortion death of a woman in 2006.

“It is shocking that this abortionist has been allowed to continue endangering women for four years while the fact that he killed one of his patients was concealed from the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We urge the Maryland Board of Physicians to act decisively tomorrow to protect women from further harm by revoking Ferrer’s medical license.”

On February 3, 2006, a 21-year old African American woman went to Gynecare Center for a second trimester dilation and evacuation abortion by Romeo Ferrer. According to the petition filed by the MBP, the patient was overdosed on pain-killing narcotics. She was not properly monitored and appropriate emergency protocols were not followed. This negligence resulted in the patient’s death, which was only recently discovered by local pro-life groups.

A disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for June 2, 2010, at 10:00 AM. Members of the pro-life/pro-faith community held a press conference outside MBP offices in Baltimore this morning to make the abortion death public and call for the revocation of Ferrer’s license. The event was organized by Defend Life.

Unfortunately, this incident was not Ferrer’s first brush with the law. Operation Rescue uncovered disciplinary documents that show a pattern of misdeeds that date back over 20 years. In 1992, Ferrer was disciplined for his incompetence that involved botched abortions and other surgical procedures, including an incident where he knowingly sewed a metal surgical instrument into a patient.

“We urge those who are concerned about the health and welfare of women to contact the Maryland Board of Physicians and ask that they revoke Ferrer’s license and close his abortion clinic,” said Newman. “The Board needs to know that people are watching the outcome of this hearing so that it does not simply become another incident that is swept under the rug. The poor woman who died from Ferrer’s negligence deserves better than that.”

Read the current complaint

Read 1992 disciplinary documents

Contact the Maryland Board of Physicians: 1-800-492- 6836 or E-mail [email protected]

About Operation Rescue® Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.

Black-Belt Priest Will Appear on Talk Show, Preside Over Mass, and Cook Food on CatholicTV

July 10, 2009

fr_leo_12WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - Black-Belt Priest Will Appear on Talk Show, Preside Over Mass, and Cook Food on CatholicTV

On July 14th, Fr. Leo Patalinghug, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will appear on CatholicTV. He will con-celebrate the televised Mass with CatholicTV’s Director, Father Robert Reed, then make an appearance on the live talk show “This is the Day”. Fr. Leo will then tape cooking segments for broadcast at a later time.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network headquartered near Boston. CatholicTV streams its broadcast simultaneously, 24 hours a day at www.CatholicTV.com.  

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is not the average diocesan priest. He started a martial arts school, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, hosts a cooking show on PBS, and holds theology degrees from Rome. He has been featured in Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, ABC World News, and The Denver Post mostly because of his cooking show based on his book “Grace Before Meals”. Father Leo serves as the Director of Pastoral Field Education at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Maryland.

Also on the show will be one of the members of Capstone Missions. Capstone Missions works to improve living conditions for Tijuana’s poor. They partner with other Catholics ministering in Tijuana in the spirit of Mother Teresa and Dorothy Day in providing for the needs of the most impoverished.

Capstone Missions also provides cross-cultural service opportunities for donors and volunteers, especially young adults.

Daily Mass broadcasts live at 9:30AM and 7:30PM on Tuesday, July 14th. The talk show “This is the Day” airs at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). Viewers can watch both of these shows live at www.CatholicTV.com. The Mass and entire talk show will be viewable on the site’s archives starting Tuesday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.org/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72  

For more information on Fr. Leo, visit http://www.gracebeforemeals.com/frleo_bio.php  

For more information on Capstone Missions, visit: http://www.capstonemissions.org/cm/Default.aspx  

About CatholicTV:
CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station’s web site www.CatholicTV.com. Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV. Click here to paste this into your browser to find out how to watch CatholicTV where you live: http://www.CatholicTV.org/schedule/where-to-watch.aspx  

“This is the Day” can also be seen on demand at www.CatholicTV.com or downloaded via iTunes.com.and SQPN.com The hosts, Father Robert Reed, and Jay Fadden discuss various topics of the week and respond to viewer mail (you may email the show at [email protected].)

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