Don Gabriele Amorth is an exorcist in the diocese of Rome and the president of honour of the Association of Exorcists that he founded in 1990, and of which he was president until the year 2000. During his stay at Medjugorje in July 2002, he gave an interview to Fr. Dario Dodig.
Fr. Dario Dodig: Don Gabriele, you are exorcist in the diocese of Rome?
Don Gabriele Amorth: I am an exorcist in Rome and president of honour of the Association of Exorcists, which I founded. In the year 2000, we celebrated its 10th anniversary. I was 75 years old and I asked someone else to take over this duty. When Bishops are 75, they are retired, so I did the same!
Don Gabriele, would you be so kind as to tell us what is exorcism?
Exorcism is a public prayer of the Church done with the authority of the Church, because it is done by a priest named by the Bishop; it is a prayer for liberation from the demon, from the evil influence of the demon or of the evil provoked by the demon.
1. INTRODUCTION: NEW FORMS OF EVANGELICAL LIFE AS A GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND A "SIGN OF THE TIMES"
2. AN ATTEMPT TO POSITION THE SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
3. SPIRITUAL RENEWALS AS AN EXPRESSION OF "ECCLESIA SEMPER REFORMANDA"
4. COMMON LEADING ELEMENTS OF NEW SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
4.1 SPIRITUALITY AND EXPERIENCES IN FAITH
4.2 EVANGELISATION AND CATECHESIS
4.3 FELLOWSHIP AND FRATERNITY
4.4 TASKS IN THE WORLD AND MISSION
4.5 NEW RELATIONS OF LAITY AND OFFICE HOLDERS
4.6 A NEW FORM OF ECCLESIASTICISM
5. POSSIBLE DANGERS AND DIFFICULTIES IN THE NEW SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
5.1 SPIRITUAL ONE-SIDEDNESS
5.2 CLAIM OF EXCLUSIVITY OF SPECIFIC TENDENCIES
5.3 FLIGHT INTO THE INTIMACY OF A SMALL GROUP
5.4 A MIXTURE OF HUMAN DESIRES FOR REFORMATION AND THE IMPULSES OF THE SPIRIT
6. ENCOURAGEMENT AND COORDINATION OF THE LAY APOSTOLATE THROUGH THE PAPAL COUNCIL FOR THE LAITY
7. FINAL COMMENT: SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AS A LASTING MISSION OF ALL CHRISTIANS
MARY IS THE QUEEN OF THE PROPHETS
IN BIBLICAL REVELATION, FASTING IS CONNECTED WITH THE CALL TO PRAYER AND CONVERSION
FASTING AND PEACE PEACE IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
FASTING AND PRAYER
In the message of May 25, 2001, Our Lady says:
" … pray and fast that God may give you peace … "
Praying and fasting for peace was the substance of the whole life of Fr. Slavko Barbaric, from the very day he entered in the service of the messages of Our Lady. In his last book: “Fast with the heart”, Fr. Slavko wrote especially on fasting and praying for peace. Let us read some passages from this book:
All the Prophets called for conversion, fasting and prayer as conditions for peace. She does not have any better or different means than those by which the Prophets called to peace, namely: conversion, prayer, fasting and firm faith.
In calling us to fast on two days a week, Mary remains in the tradition of her Israelite nation and reminds us of the multy-century tradition of the Eastern and the Western Church.
THE BIBLICAL - HISTORICAL VIEW
THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
THE ROLE OF VISIONARIES IN THE "RECEPTION" OF THE MESSAGES
THE ROLE OF VISIONARIES IN RELATION TO THE "CONTENT" OF THE MESSAGES
CONTENT OF THE MESSAGES
RELATIONSHIP OF THE VISIONARIES TO THE HIERARCHY
THE CRITERIA OF AUTHENTICITY
A REVIEW OF THE MEDJUGORJE VISIONARIES
fra Josip Marcelic, 1995
While thinking about the theme assigned, the word of John comes to mind: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life -- the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us -- that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ." (1 Jn 1:1-3)