It is not my intention to take you down a theological rabbit hole and argue over fine points of practice, or to get into an argument with the Catholic Church. I simply wish to emphasize that while the Catholic Rite of Exorcism is highly scripted, the Deliverance process is not. I personally to my best to “get out of the way” and allow The Holy Spirit to flow through me and guide me, in the moment, to what I need to do. Yes, there is a process and yes, there is a plan in the form of “boxes that have to be ticked”,

but the process I take The Afflicted through is a dynamic one that is not easily scripted and requires considerable openness to improvisation, guided, as always, by The Holy Spirit.

As I’ve said, as a minister ordained in the Assemblies of God Church, I am not an expert on the Catholic rite. I can only say that my personal biggest criticism is that the Rite of Exorcism is incomplete, in that it deals only with the expulsion of Demons. It says nothing about the vital Divine Cleansing and Healing work that must be done to repair the pollution and damage that the Demons have wrought. This is akin to exterminating a house that has been infested with rats, without also doing a thorough clean up and repair. The issue of Restoration, of bringing The Formally Afflicted back to full health is not addressed in the Catholic Rite of Exorcism but we address all these challenges and issues in the process of Deliverance.

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