He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
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Amorth, Father Gabriele (1925– )
The official exorcist
of Vatican City in the archdiocese of Rome. Dedicated
to the abolition of Satanic evil, Father Gabriele Amorth
says he has personally handled over 30,000 exorcisms
around the world. He believes that many modern-day pastimes
and games—such as conjuring, playing with magic
(not illusion), conversing with a TALKING BOARD, listening
to rock music, and contact with Satanic ritual and
content—open the door for demonic POSSESSION. He says
there are too few priests who even believe in casting out
devils (although Jesus bequeaths that ability to the apostles
in His name: Mark 3:5, 10:8), much less have any
training in the ancient rite.
Father Amorth was born in Modena, Italy, on May 1,
1925. He received the faculty of exorcist by Cardinal Ugo
Poletti, the Pope’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, in 1986,
studying under Father Candido Amantini, a Passionist
priest who served as chief exorcist for 36 years. When
Father Amantini passed away on his saint’s day, September
22, 1992, at age 78, Father Amorth succeeded him.
Father Amorth is concerned about the rise he perceives
in Satanic activity through the practice of WITCHCRAFT,
participation in Satanic groups or rituals, conjuring,
efforts to commune with the dead, fortune-telling and
card reading, rock music with Satanic lyrics and a hypnotic
rhythm, and the increase in those dabbling in magic.
He has warned against the popularity of author J. K. Rowling’s
Harry Potter novels, claiming in an interview for a
Catholic news source that behind the boy wizard “lies the
signature of the king of darkness.”
Demonic possession can happen in one of four ways,
according to Father Amorth: through a curse by another;
by continuing a life of sin; by practicing occultism; and as a
test of the victim’s faith, most usually the trials endured by
the saints that prove their holiness. The possessed person
invites Satan into his life by choosing the paths of sin and
occultism; the other two ways are foisted upon the unwary.
When a victim petitions Father Amorth for spiritual
cleansing, the priest does not wait for proof of demonic
presence, as many of his fellow exorcists do, but immediately
begins prayers of deliverance and liberation—a
small EXORCISM—even over the telephone or by e-mail.
He sees his fi rst efforts as a research tool in themselves,
for if the prayers have any impact at all on the victim,
then inhuman entities are at work. Early in his career he
despaired of how few exorcists were available, but Father
Amorth is encouraged that the number of practicing exorcists
in Italy alone has grown tenfold to over 300.
He is concerned about the training of those exorcists,
especially regarding the changes in the Rituale Romanum,
the ancient liturgy of prayers and exhortations in the
name of Christ used to exorcise demons and devils. During
the Second Vatican Council under Pope John XXIII,
the Rituale was scheduled for revision, yet many years
passed before Father Amorth and his colleagues saw any
of the changes. Others worked on the New Ritual, as it is
called, ignoring the input of those who depended on it.
In 2000, Father Amorth outlined his objections to the
revised rite. He was especially scornful of strictures on
using the New Ritual against evil spells and curses—in
reality, forbidding its use in such circumstances—and the
commands that exorcism not be used unless demonic
activity could be absolutely certifi ed. Amorth and his colleagues
submitted carefully worded amendments to the
New Ritual, to no avail.
According to Father Amorth, the church hierarchy
regards the exorcists as fanatic “demonologues,”and it
even exhibits hostility toward them and their work. Most
insulting to Father Amorth was the refusal by church offi -
cials to allow 150 members of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
OF EXORCISTS, an organization founded by Amorth
and representing exorcist priests internationally, to join
in a public audience with Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s
Square. At the time of the interview, Amorth revealed
that entire episcopates refused to acknowledge the need
for exorcists, including the countries of Spain, Portugal,
Switzerland, and Germany. German bishops went so far
as to inform Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI,
that revisions of the Roman Rite were unnecessary since
they would never use it anyway.
Father Amorth asserts that the church’s refusal to
acknowledge demonic activity could mean that the devil
has infi ltrated even the innermost circles of the Vatican.
He remains steadfast in his faith, noting that while Satan
may win battles, the Holy Spirit will win the war.
Father Amorth has written four books: An Exorcist
Tells His Story (1999), Gospel of Mary: A Month with the
Mother of God (2000), An Exorcist: More Stories (2002),
and Pater Pio: Lebensgeschichte eines Heiligen, a biography
of Padre Pio in German published in 2003.