Understanding demonic possession

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Posted at Sep 02 2017 03:44 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2017 03:56 PM

In this day and age, cases of demonic possession are usually dismissed as mere superstition.

But for the Catholic Church, dealing with the presence of the devil requires the special ministry of exorcism. However, not all cases of demonic possession manifest the full control of the devil. 

In some, the devil may simply influence the life or body of the person.

Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo, the sole exorcist in the Diocese of Cubao, Quezon City explains different forms of demonic possession:

INFESTATION

In cases of infestation, the devil manifests a claim on a certain property or makes use of animals or certain objects to bring about misfortune to a person's life.

Hexed objects and haunted houses and places are usually portrayed as consecrated to demonic spirits.

OBSESSION

The devil plays with a person's mind by sowing hatred for things that are considered sacred by the Catholic Church.

The affected person usually hears the voice of the devil threatening him or her to do a certain act.

OPPRESSION

In oppression, the devil casts harm on a person's body, usually causing illnesses. The devil may also cast misfortune in a person's business and may cause the destruction of relationships.

FULL POSSESSION

A devil takes full possession of a person when it enters the human body and takes full control of the person's movements.

In such cases, the person becomes similar to a puppet.

Fr. Zerrudo, however, clarifies that for demonic possession to be categorized as such, certain requirements should be met and should be seen by the exorcising team.

And his message for those who doubt the existence of evil spirits?

"See for yourself."