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Independent Order of Exorcists Runs Online Demon-Busting Service as Vatican Faces Mounting Demand

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As Italy has experienced a massive explosion in demand for exorcisms, an independent organization offers demon-busting services in 24 countries that can be ordered online.

The Order of Exorcists has an easily accessible “Contact Us” form to request an investigation and an exorcism.

The family or person needing help – please make the request via our “Contact Us” form on this page. Please include all the details about the situation including the names of people within the household, what kind of help they are looking for, and complete contact information.

The order undergoes an extensive multi-week process to ensure that demon possession or paranormal activity is involved, and then to perform the exorcism.

Once the information is received we will start the process  by contacting our members in that area where they would form an “Investigation & Assessment Team.” This would be the first stage of the process which can take about two or three weeks. Then one of our team members would make “first contact” and set a date for the Investigation & Assessment. Our team will collect all evidence, including documentation such as photos, videos, medical and psychological reports. One of our exorcist clergy members is a medical doctor. He would review the medical reports and submit his findings and recommendation to the Chief Exorcist. This would be the second stage of the process which can take up to a month. If the evidence shows an exorcism is needed, a priest would be assigned for the exorcism.

This exorcism request form provides an easy way for those who suspect they may be suffering from demon possession or other paranormal activity to find help.

Last month, a Sicilian friar reported that Italy alone has seen a threefold increase in demand for exorcisms in recent years. Friar Beningo Palilla told Vatican Radio there are roughly 500,000 cases requiring exorcism in Italy each year. The Vatican is struggling to address this demand.

Palilla, a priest in Palermo, attributed this increase to a growing number of people seeking fortune tellers and Tarot readers. These paranormal activities “open the door to the devil and to possession,” he argued. Many cases are not actually related to demonic possession, but Palilla still called for investigation into spiritual and psychological problems that may be paranormal.

He called for an across-the-board improvement in training. “We priests, very often, do not know how to deal with the concrete cases presented to us: in preparation for the priesthood, we do not talk about these things,” Palilla admitted. Even so, “a self-taught exorcist certainly meets errors.”

He suggested “a period of apprenticeship, as happens for many professionals.”

The Catholic Church’s canon law recognizes exorcism, but only when performed with high-level permission from within the church. In 2014, the Vatican backed the International Association of Exorcists, which was founded in 1990 and has licensed about 200 members on six continents.

The Vatican will launch a weeklong international course in April at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.

Even so, the International Association of Exorcists does not have a request form on its website.

The Order of Exorcists is not affiliated with the Vatican, however. It began in 1980 as Saint Michaels Catholic Parish, “a small Independent Traditional ‘Old’ Roman Catholic Parish, located in Highland Park, California,” the website explains. The church started to receive exorcism requests outside the immediate area, and in 1981 established a separate full-time exorcism ministry called “The Sacred Order of Saint Michael the Archangel — Order of Exorcists.”

“Archbishop Ron Feyl and The Sacred Order of Saint Michael the Archangel-Order of Exorcists is NOT under the Vatican,” the site explains (emphasis original). “It is an autonomous and independent branch of the Catholic faith which derives from the ancient Old Roman Catholic Church of the 12th Century.”

The original church, and the exorcism order established under it, reject the current leadership and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The Vatican will not ally with this organization, even though its online platform seems to have a more accessible form to request exorcisms.

The Order of Exorcists site presents one in-depth example of an exorcism, which it refers to as “EXORCISM CASE NUMBER: 2272182.” The exorcist in question himself narrated the tale, explaining that a man stepped out of the darkness saying, “What are you doing here? You have no business in this neighborhood,” and then disappeared.

He saw shadows moving along the walls, and heard sounds of a woman screaming. Outside the room, he heard “screaming and objects smashing against the walls from outside the room.”

“As I entered the room, the possessed was sitting on the floor with a comb in her hand, scratching and cutting herself with the comb, while screaming and laughing at the top of her lungs. Her stepfather and mother helped me to place her on a mattress that was laying on the floor. She was only twenty years old, but appeared wrinkled like she was over hundred [sic], had a gray pallor, and a horrible stench,” the testimonial read. He wrote that the girl had ripped her hair out and had deep cuts that did not bleed. Her fingernails were embedded in the walls.

“I began the exorcism ritual and asked the demon to identify himself,” he recalled, then the mother had a heart attack. She died on the way to the hospital. After getting her to the hospital, he reentered the room, where “the temperature dropped thirty degrees.”

The exorcist wrote that the possessed taunted him, saying “Hell is waiting for you and I know how to take you down. Do you want to die, die, die? I’ll kill you now!”

“At one point her body began to raise from the mattress,” the man recalled. “I commanded the demon to identify himself. After the fifth day he finally identified himself as ‘Eligos’, which means ‘Great Duke of Hell’. With the command to free this soul in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, she was finally free.” The exorcism took 10 hours a day for 4 days.

The site features many videos, mostly featuring pictures of Archbishop Ron Feyl and his team, a newspaper the Order of Exorcists published, and various photos of possession with music.

The organization published this video last year.

While unaffiliated with the current Catholic Church, the Order of Exorcists announced that it is “affiliated with 26 jurisdictions, 25 parishes, and 60 lead exorcist investigators in 18 US states and 24 countries.”

They offer services to “anyone with demonic issues, free-of-charge, who are experiencing symptoms of demonic possession, demonic infestation and/or house disturbances, including evil spirits, demons, and demonic hauntings; the Order of Exorcists should be your last call for help” (emphasis added).

The Vatican may not be able to partner with the Order of Exorcists, but the independent organization is out there, and it should not have a better request form than the Catholic Church’s official partner.