Slaying Dragons - Second Edition - Preview #4
Among the many fascinating details about the work of exorcists which we feature in Slaying Dragons, here are several exorcists discussing how the Rite of Exorcism is no small matter to the demons.
Fr. Ripperger says it is the job of the exorcist to make the process of expelling the demon so painful for them that they would rather be in Hell than possess someone again. He often uses the term “beatings” to describe what the demon is experiencing in the process. Fr. Fortea uses the term “torture” to refer to what the demon endures in the exorcism. Fr. Thomas also speaks of the power of the ritual of exorcism to inflict pain on the demons. He says, “I’ve seen, when you’re praying those prayers, and you mean them, they do incredible harm and pain to those demons.”