Speaking about ISIS, on the sidelines of a conference on exorcism in Rome last week, Father Cesar Truqui said the devil “was able to blind their minds up to a certain point so that they cannot see something that is objectively evil: the killing of innocent people.”
They see their atrocities “as something good,” Truqui, a Mexican exorcist based in Switzerland, told me. “But not only this, they consider it meritorious, they consider themselves martyrs, just for that small group.
The devil, he said, was able “twist the truth to make them think what they’re doing is good when what they’re doing is evil.”
“They are a group of people who are deceived. “Their fanaticism crossed a certain line and they were deceived,” Truqui said.
Father Pedro Barrajon, the founder of last week’s annual conference which drew a full house of over 170 priests and laity from across the world, also underlined the presence of the devil within ISIS, but stressed that those who carry out such atrocities are responsible for their crimes.
“Sometimes, especially in these big groups and associations such as the Nazis or ISIS, we have this influence to do bad things, commit violence, lie, hate and so on,” he said. “In these actions, the devil is present but it’s important to say at the same time we all have personal responsibility. It is difficult to say with precision what our responsibility is, but at the same time, we can say we have both grace and freedom. We are free, but also the devil can act.”
Last week, the in Rome, the famed Father Gabriele Amorth made similar remarks about ISIS, saying the group “is Satan.”
“Things first happen in the spiritual realm, then they are made concrete on this earth,” the 90 year old chief exorcist in Rome said in an April 8th post on Facebook. Explaining there are only two spiritual realms -- the Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit – he said evil comes “masked in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil.”
He said today’s political world is “devoid of answers” when it comes to fighting ISIS, and he criticized the West’s unwillingness to speak up in the face of regular massacres of Christians.
“If it advances, as it seems to be doing, we must ask ourselves: What has the West been doing over the course of the last decades?” he implored.
It was frequently mentioned at the conference that to drive out evil, which is most prevalent in everyday temptation, a primary ingredient is faith in Jesus Christ, along with prayer, confession and fasting.
Edward Pentin began reporting on the Vatican as a correspondent with Vatican Radio in 2002. He has covered the Pope and the Holy See for a number of publications, including Newsweek and The Sunday Times. Read more reports from Edward Pentin — Click Here Now.
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