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Church tries exorcism to banish violence

Demonologist, archbishops conduct ceremony to 'drive out evil spirits'

Various measures have been tried in efforts to address Mexico’s problems with law and justice but most have been slow to bring about long-sought changes. Now some members of the Catholic church have come up with their own idea.

An exorcism was carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí, where a Spanish demonologist and exorcist assisted Mexican church officials with the procedure, whose details were not revealed.

It was intended as a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico in response to high levels of violence, the presence of drug cartels and the practice of abortion, and included the participation of the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, who presided over the event.

Also present was Archbishop Jesús Carlos Cabrero of San Luis Potosí, along with priests and lay members of the church.

Held on May 20, the ceremony is known as “Exorcismo Magno,” described by Sandoval Iñiguez as “a prayer to God to drive away the enemy . . . .”

He said the situation in Mexico is “very serious” and expressed the hope that more such exorcisms take place.

“The settling of scores between crime gang hitmen and the government, deaths here, deaths there, deaths on all sides, violence that is nothing other than a malevolence that is destroying us.”

The Spanish exorcist, José Antonio Fortea, said as sin increases it becomes easier for demons to tempt people, and with more witchcraft and Satanism being carried out there are more “extraordinary manifestations of those powers of darkness.”

Without any doubt, he said, “abortion, satanism, corruption, the cult of the Santa Muerte and the legalization of sexual aberrations has provoked a huge satanic infestation in all of Mexico.”

Fortea described the rite of exorcism as “beautiful and liturgical” but warned that there won’t be automatic and immediate change.

“We don’t drive out all the evil spirits from a country with just one ceremony. But even though all will not be expelled, those that were removed are not there anymore.”

The May event was not publicized beforehand to avoid any misguided interpretation of the ritual, said Archbishop Cabrero.

Source: Sin Embargo (sp), Catholic News Agency (en)

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