I have just returned (last Friday) from a five day conference of the International Association for Deliverance at the shrine of Our Lady of Chestochowa. We were over 280 souls, the majority being priests, but many lay people took part. We also had quite a few religious.
We had two excellent talks on Islam and a talk at the end which is probably one of the most important addresses I have heard in almost 32 years of priesthood. It was given by a Polish university professor who has also taught in a seminary. It was about the dangers of false ideas, including those that have entered the Church and are still to be found in schools, colleges and retreat houses. The so-called, "New Age" is not outside the Church - it has come in through the minds of Christians who are either ignorant of the Church's teachings in some important respects or are naive, simply being unaware of the dangers of neo-pagan and non-Christian thinking.
Of course, since we were there as exorcists and "ministers of deliverance", we were concerned about the activity of the Evil One and other fallen angels. We are not only concerned about dramatic examples of possession and demonic oppression, but also - and more importantly - about the subtle and insidious ways that evil spirits affect us through the Media, books, new religious movements and (what I call) "lazy thinking".
I hope to say more about this important conference in another post. I will finish this one by linking up with a previous one. One of our speakers - a priest experienced in the deliverance ministry over many years - said that clergy child abuse is so evil that if "that is not the work of the devil, I don't know what is!"
I wish I could get others to listen to this. How can believing Christians assume that such a problem can be dealt with only through the courts and psychological assessments and possible treatment? - WE ARE DEALING WITH EVIL HERE!!!