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Promiscuity can lead to demonic possession, says leading exorcist
by Simon Caldwell

An exorcist has warned young people that promiscuous lifestyles could lead them into being possessed by the Devil.

Fr Jeremy Davies, the diocesan exorcist for Westminster [England] since 1986, said that more and more people in Britain were becoming afflicted by evil spirits through “perversion”.

“Among the causes of homosexuality is a contagious demonic factor,” he said. “Even heterosexual promiscuity is a perversion; and intercourse, which belongs in the sanctuary of married love, can become a pathway not only for disease but also for evil spirits".

“Some very unpleasant things must be mentioned because young people, especially, are vulnerable and we must do what we can to protect and warn them

His remarks come in a new book entitled Exorcism: Understanding Exorcism in Scripture and Practice published by the Catholic Truth Society.

In the book Fr Davies, 73, also compared followers of “atheist scientism” to rational satanists. He said that the “spirits inspiring atheism” were those who “hate God”.

He said that satan had blinded secular humanists from seeing the “dehumanising effects of contraception and abortion and IVF, of homosexual ‘marriages’, of human cloning and the vivisection of human embryos in scientific research”.

The result, he said, was that Europe was drifting into a dangerous state of apostasy whereby “only by a genuine personal decision for Christ and the Church can someone separate himself from it”.

He denounced the founders of Islam, the Mormons and the Moonies as “false and heretical prophets” who led their followers into a “demonic bond of conscience”.

He says occult practices such as magic, fortune-telling and holding séances to contact the spirits of the dead were “direct invitations to the devil which he readily accepts”.

He says the occult was closely linked to the scourges of “drugs, demonic music and pornography” which were “destroying millions of young people in our time”.

He said: “They all involve an abandonment of the self-control with which human beings are entrusted. The thin end of the wedge (soft drugs, yoga for relaxation, horoscopes just for fun and so on) is more dangerous than the thick end, because more deceptive – an evil spirit tries to make his way as unobtrusively as possible. Beware of any claim to mediate beneficial energies (eg reiki), any courses that promise the peace that Christ promises (eg enneagrams), any alternative therapy with its roots in eastern religions (eg acupuncture)

He continued: “Even when these panaceas are more the work of auto-suggestion than of the devil, they are not harmless. Sanity depends on our relationship to reality".

“What is called the New Age Movement is paganism reduced to absurdity but unfortunately it has not lost its poison in the process

Eight years ago Fr Davies warned people that the loss of faith in Britain had contributed to a boom in diabolical activity. Exorcists are now in such demand that some no longer list their numbers in directories because they become inundated with calls.

In his book Fr Davies spelled out the degrees of demonic influence a person may experience, which range from temptation and sin, to obsession and possession – with “perfect possession” being the gravest and rarest form, which usually entails a commitment to evil on the part of the person involved.

There are sections on the rites and methods of exorcism and deliverance – including those of buildings and places as well as people.

Fr Davies said that if a person was in desperate need of help and felt stranded, he or she should go straight to their bishop.

The Catholic Church has always insisted that exorcism is a vital part of its ministry, with the gospels describing no less than eight exorcisms being performed by Jesus Christ himself. Pope John Paul II carried out exorcisms in 1982, 2000 and 2002 and last year his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, ordered his bishops to reinforce the ranks of priests able to carry out such rituals.

Link to book information

This article first appeared in the May 23 2008 issue of
The Catholic Herald and is reproduced with permission.

Version: 1st June 2008

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