A bishop in Ireland is forming an ‘exorcism squad’ in a bid to ward off ‘evil forces’ – and he says reiki could be gateway to demonic possession.
The team is being headed by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore, who says he is putting together a ‘delivery ministry’ who will free people from the devil.
A priest in his diocese is preparing to begin his training in the practise of exorcism.
Dr Cullinan has received several requests from people who wanted help in dealing with evil forces.
He told WLR FM’s Déise Live programme: “I am just setting up a group, actually, of people who want to be part of delivery ministry, if you like.
“This is something that has to be done in secret because you don’t let these people’s names out and they are going to houses where people maybe have been involved in some kind of new age thing or some kind of seance or that kind of thing and, unfortunately, they’ve opened up a door to an evil force, Satan.”
An area of concern for Dr Cullinan is that healing methods such as reiki could lead to participants being exposed to evil spirits.
He told the story of a reiki master who had stopped going to church but had a sudden change of heart after a terrifying experience.
Dr Cullinan said: “He was working on somebody one day when he actually says he saw a vision of Satan. He was scared out of his wits, dropped the reiki and went back to the church.”
He added that he had never seen an exorcism himself but had felt the presence of evil.
He said: “he said. “I remember one particular priest, a friend of mine who I knew who was involved in one particular case, and it was a girl, a professional girl, young, who came with her mother, and there were four men, kind of rugby types, to hold her down in the chair, such strength she had.
“The priest had warned the four guys beforehand: just make sure you’ve gone to Confession and one guy didn’t go to Confession, one of the four, and the girl with a voice that wasn’t hers, it was a male voice coming out of her, actually called out the sins of your man, the guy who hadn’t gone to Confession.”
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