Is Latin more effective in driving out demons? An Exorcist Responds – Eurasia Review

By David Ramos

Is Latin more effective than vernacular languages ​​in casting out demons? An exorcist answers this controversial question.

Interviewed by ACI Prensa, the Spanish-language sister news agency of the CNA, Father Francisco Torres Ruiz, a priest from the diocese of Plasencia in Spain who is in charge of the ministry of exorcism, said that many people wonder ” whether it is better to use the ritual exorcism of 1614, reformed by Pope Pius XII in 1952; [they wonder] whether it is better and more effective than the ritual promulgated by Saint John Paul II in the year 2000.

Exorcism: a sacramental of the Catholic Church

“In the first place,” said the priest, who is also a professor of liturgy, it is important “to establish a theological principle: exorcism is a sacramental celebration of the Church and, therefore, receives its efficacy from the prayer and the faith of the Church.”

This, he pointed out, “is one of the differences between sacraments and sacramentals.”

“The sacraments are outward signs which communicate grace, which are efficacious by themselves, because their efficacity comes from Jesus Christ himself, who is the one who instituted them, and they are neither more nor less than seven, as the Council of Trent said,” explained the priest.

“The sacramentals, for their part, are visible signs, structured in imitation, in a certain resemblance, of the sacraments, as words and signs, but which have been instituted by the Church and whose effectiveness does not is not ex opere operatoas for example a sacrament, it is rather ex opere operantis – that is, through the faith and prayer of the Church, which is committed to it and engaged in these actions,” he said.

Torres said that “an exorcism is a simple thing; it is a liturgical celebration of the Church in which the apotropaic action of Jesus Christ is invoked.

“What does this rather strange word mean? Apotropaic means “battle”, “defense”, [or]’fight’,” he noted.

“That is to say, it is Jesus Christ who confronts Satan, the rebellious spirits, in an exorcism while in this same ritual the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death, over the devil, is proclaimed,” he said.

The devil ‘is commanded, he is commanded’

The Spanish priest also said that in an exorcism “there are two types of prayers that are made, facing the devil directly”.

“The first is what is called the prayer of supplication, which invokes divine help, the one which asks God to release the person, to protect the person who is harassed, who is mistreated by the devil,” he said. -He underlines.

The second, he continues, is “a prayer of command, which is the prayer that only the priest authorized by his bishop addresses directly to Satan, or against the demons who are there, exhorting them, adjuring them, commanding them, ordering them , threatening them to move away from the person they have subjugated.

In this way, the devil “is commanded, ordained, especially by proclaiming this victory of Jesus Christ, this battle of Jesus Christ against them, and also by reminding them sometimes of the pain of hell, the punishments to which they are doomed of the creation of the world by their rebellion.

Is one ritual better than another?

The Spanish exorcist pointed out that “the ritual of 1614 is neither better nor more effective, nor the ritual of 2000 better or more effective”.

“It is true that that of 1614 brought together a tradition that goes back at least to the twelfth century of the most effective or most widespread prayers among medieval exorcists for the fight against the devil,” he notes.

In the 2000 exorcism ritual, “threats to the devil, insults to the devil, were deleted, for example, because there were ritual prayers from 1614 which were directly a torrent of insults against the devil” .

“That is to say, they wanted to remove that part, let’s say, more threatening to the devil, to accentuate the kerygmatic proclamation of the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ,” he said.

Torres explained that “if an exorcist uses the ritual of 1614, he acts correctly and he is effective, and if an exorcist uses that of the year 2000, he acts effectively and correctly, because the Church has promised his prayer and his faith in these rituals.

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