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From the U.K.'s Telegraph:




Leading US exorcists explain huge increase in demand for the Rite – and priests to carry them out
Rachel Ray, Washington
26 September 2016 • 1:48pm


In the US, over the past 10 years, the number of official priest exorcists has more than quadrupled from 12 to 50.

But for two of America’s most active exorcists – Father Gary Thomas, whose training in Rome was chronicled in Matt Baglio's book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, and Father Vincent Lampert, whose work was depicted on Paranormal Witness – it is an ongoing struggle to keep up with the demand.

Vox Wrote:
The book referred to:


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In lengthy interviews with The Telegraph, the two exorcists discuss how the increase in drug and pornography addiction, failure of the mental healthcare system and a rise in popularity of "pagan activities", such as using a Ouija board to summon the dead, are among the factors contributing to the huge increase in demand for the Rite.

Vox Wrote:We are really failing our mentally ill in the U.S. The "deinstitutionalization" -- the closing down of State-run mental hospitals -- that took place during the 1970s through the 1990s has left us with a system in which, instead of being cared for in a clean facility, being fed, and receiving any helpful therapy, medications, and life skill training, our mentally ill are on the streets, left to fend for themselves -- or in jails and prisons, where they are the weakest of prey for sexual abuse.

This is a very, very serious problem, one that shouldn't exist in a "first world country." I'm a small government-minded person, but I think that there are functions that the individual States (not the Fed) need to fulfill. Among them are running prisons (while privatizing is, as a rule of thumb, a good thing, when it comes to prisons, it's a disaster, involving quotas and the like! That's a huge topic for another day -- a sickening one) and mental asylums.

Then there's Gheel, Belgium (also spelled "Geel"), a place I've posted about before but will post about again here for any newbies.Gheel is the village that houses the relics of St. Dymphna, patroness of those suffering from mental issues and nervous disorders. For hundreds and hundreds of years, people would make pilgrimage to Gheel in order to pray for healing from their mental disorders. The people of Gheel, being good Catholics, instead of reacting to the "crazy" pilgrims with disgust or annoyance, embraced them -- even taking them into their own homes, sort of "adopting" them so they wouldn't be alone in the world. This video explains everything, but suffice it to say, there is no other place in the world like Gheel. There, the stigma of mental illness simply doesn't exist. People in the fields of psychiatry and psychology see Gheel as the model par excellence of how a society can and should respond helpfully and effectively to those with mental issues.


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Warning that "evil is a reality", the priests debunk several of the myths around exorcisms, discussing how they decide who is eligible for an exorcism, how the procedure is carried out and some of their most notable cases.


Renewed interest in exorcism

The Rite of Exorcism is a Roman Catholic healing ministry traditionally shrouded in secrecy. Whether a diocese even has an official exorcist is the sole decision of its bishop.

In the past, exorcists’ names were kept secret to protect priests from frivolous requests; today contact details can be found on the internet. But there is still no central database for the number of exorcisms performed.

For years after the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council or Vatican II (1962-65), which resulted in new Church practices deemed compatible with the contemporary world, it was taboo for priests to speak of Satan as if he really existed.

Vox Wrote:
Read that line again. And now consider these verses from Ephesians 6: "Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places."

Then, in 2004, Pope John Paul II sounded the alarm that occult and New Age activity was raging out of control in Europe, providing gateways for evil that could result in demonic attachment and possession.

Pope Francis, the Church’s current head, appears to have no problem reminding Catholics that “Satan is real”. The Pope publicly advocating that the devil is living among us has increased the belief for some that exorcism might be the cure for their suffering and has been referred to as “the Pope Francis effect”.

Vox Wrote:Ummm, I don't think that's what the phrase "the Francis effect means," but whatever, carrying on...

In the US, over the last decade, television shows depicting reported paranormal events and possession as well as books and films about exorcism and the supernatural have proliferated in the cultural mainstream.


The American exorcists

Fathers Thomas and Lampert, both exorcist priests for the past 10 years and believers in the existence of Satan, pinpoint several trends in American culture that they believe are giving rise to the increased requests for the Rite.

Those include an expanding spiritual void in the lives of Americans, the diminishing authority of the Church, and the failure of the mental healthcare system.

Among the overwhelming number of requests for spiritual intervention that each of them receive regularly, some are actual manifestations of demonic attachment, infestation, vexation or full possession.

According to Fr Lampert of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, it is not the Church that is demanding more exorcisms but people.

“We’re gaining all sorts of knowledge,” he says, “but there’s still that emptiness within us that is being filled with addictive behaviour such as drugs and pornography.

“There’s a line in the Old Testament that says when one grows in knowledge one also grows in despair. The decline in faith goes hand in hand with the rise in evil.”

Vox Wrote:Ecclesiastes 1:16-18: "I have spoken in my heart, saying: Behold I am become great, and have gone beyond all in wisdom, that were before me in Jerusalem: and my mind hath contemplated many things wisely, and I have learned. And I have given my heart to know prudence, and learning, and errors, and folly: and I have perceived that in these also there was labour, and vexation of spirit, Because In much wisdom there is much indignation: and he that addeth knowledge, addeth also labour."

Fr Thomas, the official exorcist of the Diocese of San Jose in northern California, trained for the position in Rome in 2005 after being an ordained priest for 22 years. His training experience became the subject of The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, published in 2009, and he also consulted on the derived film, The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins.

Fr Thomas tries to answer all exorcism inquiries that come to him. “Often the stories are very complicated and many (seeking help) have been suffering for a long time” he says. He describes his correspondents as “desperate” people who have had no positive results from going down the path of psychology and psychiatry.

"They’re sick in one way or another,” he explains. “And sometimes they do have a demonic problem. These are the local ones (in my parish).”

In the past 10 years, Fr Thomas has performed 50 to 60 exorcisms. Sometimes he gets requests for exorcism from outside the US, recently from Turkey, but most commonly from India and Africa.

“I am a full-time pastor and this is a very intense ministry. Almost every free night that I have is taken up with exorcisms," he says.

Vox Wrote:
Wow, what a hero this priest is! God bless him!

"I could conduct one or two exorcisms a week for demonic attachment (as opposed to full possession). People could be quite functional but once they get into a sacred arena, such as a church, or participate in some element of parish, they’ll begin to manifest or they’ll begin to get sick or they’ll begin to show other kinds of signs that something is amiss. And it’s my role and my team’s to discern what it is.  Is it something psychological?”

Medical doctors, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists are part of Fr Thomas’s discernment team. Team members must be Catholic and they must believe in the existence of Satan. He also has a prayer team present with him at every exorcism or deliverance.

He says that in his professional experience, some afflicted people seeking help may not be demonically possessed but may have some kind of demonic oppression in which they are depressed or feel malaise.

Fr Lampert trained in Rome in 2006, at the time an ordained priest of 14 years, to become his diocese’s official or “stable” exorcist after his predecessor died. His bishop thought the Indianapolis archdiocese should still have an official exorcist, but according to Fr Lampert, also commented: “I don’t really know what I’m asking you to do.”

In Fr Lampert’s experience, only one out of every 5,000 requests is someone afflicted by full demonic possession. But he has conducted “countless exorcisms related to demonic obsession, demonic vexation, and demonic infestation”.

Vox Wrote:To learn about the differences between obsession, oppression, and possession and to learn about spiritual warfare in general, see this sub-section of the "Being Catholic" section of the FE website:  The Preternatual World.

“Half the calls I receive are from non-Catholics,” Fr Lampert says. Requests increased in the last five years but have now stabilised because there are more priests in the exorcism ministry.

Unlike Fr Thomas, Fr Lampert will take cases from outside his diocese. The afflicted person would have to come to Indiana and follow the discernment protocol, which includes a psychological as well as physical exam.

In its 2013 season, Paranormal Witness depicted Fr Lampert’s first case as an official priest exorcist.

Fr Lampert says: “Being on Paranormal Witness was to show that evil is a reality and there are consequences when people open up a doorway to evil into their lives.  It’s painting a picture of what’s real and authentic as opposed to what is made up (about exorcisms).”


Pagan activities in full force in US

“Reliance on pagan activities can create a situation in which evil is invited in,” observes Fr Lampert. In his experience, the most common occult activity is using a Ouija board to summon the dead.

“Religion is viewed as outdated and not very exciting. So evil can be invited in directly or indirectly. A lot of people have contacted me and said something like, ‘We were playing with a Ouija board and all of a sudden our friend starting speaking in this crazy language that we didn’t understand. And strange things started happening – things moving in the house’.”

Other pagan activities could include séances, and mediums; reading Tarot cards; casting spells and curses through witches and warlocks, and worshipping Satan and other demons.

Both Fathers Lampert and Thomas believe that such activities are in full force in the US.

Vox Wrote:The frustrating thing he said about how religion is perceived as not being very "exciting" is that traditional Catholicism has sooooooo much of the beauty, ritual, ancientness, ritual, things that look "magical" (sacramentals) to those who don't understand -- so many of the things that draw people toward paganism in the first place. Traditional Catholicism. And what does most of the human element of the Church do? Throw it all away!


Exorcists are pastors, not shamans or magicians

Fr Lampert emphasises that “an exorcist is trained to be a skeptic”. He wants to exhaust every possibility for the person’s behaviour other than demonic attachment or possession.

“The first line of defence is not to see the Devil everywhere but to determine what this person is up against. The overriding goal is to bring relief into the life of the person who’s suffering. Whether that suffering be due to psychic or spiritual problems.”

“Exorcists should not be treated as modern day shamans or magicians that people come to with a problem and the priest shows them a crucifix and throws holy water on them and sends them on their way. The goal is to help the afflicted person resume a normal spiritual journey and cultivate a relationship with God. Exorcism should always be seen in the wider scope of overall pastoral care.

“A lot of times people call me and already believe they’re possessed. I tell them that I think their situation is more psychological than evil and they don’t like that answer. So they’ll go and continue to try to find someone to tell them what they want to hear.”

Vox Wrote:

In other words, they hit up Bob's Church o' Jay-sus and get hit on the forehead and cry a lot as the rock band's music swells in the background.


https://youtu.be/_iQhvKFTn1o

Fr Thomas explains that “for Catholics, possession is in the list of options to explain a person’s suffering. You have to rule out the natural before you can go to the preternatural. That’s why we’re very cautious. I get emails all the time saying, ‘I need an exorcism’. I reply, 'That may not be what you need. I don’t do exorcisms on demand.'

“But I’ve said when they get officious, ‘I’m an expert at this, you’re not. Your suffering may not be for the reason you so think.’ And that’s why we have a team approach that looks at this. First of all, I need the permission of my bishop to do an exorcism on each different person. There’s a whole protocol. And there needs to be.”


The process of exorcism

The first step in the process of exorcism is called discernment. A team of people prays first with the afflicted person. If the person starts manifesting demonic behavior during the prayer session, it is stopped and the person meets with the exorcist.

For Fr Thomas, the majority of afflicted people he meets and prays with are Catholic. When people seeking help are non-Christian, extra care must be taken.

“If they have no Christian grounding to invoke Jesus to deliver them, we can do more harm than good," he explains. "If the house has been swept clean but no place has been made for God, the condition can become much worse.  I can’t force a conversion and I don’t.” 

Fr Thomas says he has seen demonic possession become much worse after the Rite has been given to a non-Christian.  A non-Christian must clearly understand the risk involved before Fr Thomas is willing to proceed with the exorcism.

In Fr Thomas’s experience, a possessed person always has a tribe of demons, not just one. And sometimes not just demons but the disembodied spirits of dead human souls are attached to the afflicted person as well. Dead souls will always reveal their names when asked and that is one way to differentiate them from demons.

Vox Wrote:Very interesting! I'd never heard of that before -- about how human spirits can attach themselves to people! I wonder if other exorcists have had the same experiences...

“Sometimes the demon will try to fool you,” says Fr Thomas, but the reaction of a disembodied spirit and the reaction of a demon are very different most of the time. Evil always wants to hide and lie, he says.

"Most of the time a demon’s goal is to take the person to Hell that they are attached to. The demon wants the person to commit suicide. In the case of demonic possession, a suicide would be viewed as a state of diminished capacity under Church doctrine."

The Rite is conducted in Latin, the most hated language to demons, says Fr Thomas, but they will also respond to approved rite translations in languages such as Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

The Vatican has yet to approve an English translation of the Rite and Fr Thomas says the demons will tell him that they know what is approved and what is not. 

“They’ll say they don’t have to listen to you, that (English language) is not approved," he says. In his exorcism experience, demons can be very legalistic.

For Fr Thomas, the exorcism process takes a minimum of six months. He has worked with one person every month over a period of four years. There are about eight people he and his team currently are seeing. The exorcism takes about two hours, including the preceding prayer, the Rite, repeating parts of the Rite, and conversing with the person about the process.

Two hours is about the maximum time that Fr Thomas says he “can go,” noting that the process is exhausting for the afflicted person.


Exorcism cases

One of Fr Thomas’s most difficult cases was a man who had been the subject of multiple curses and occult activity while he was still in the womb. 

According to Church doctrine, until a person reaches the age of seven, he cannot exercise free will. The case is one of a few that Fr Thomas has accepted from another diocese where there was no official exorcist and the referring priest noted that the possessed man’s demonic activity was the most ferocious he had ever witnessed.

For days before the afflicted person’s exorcism appointments with Fr Thomas, the demons would start reacting to prevent the appointment, such as making the man ill. Fr Thomas says he was successful to a point, casting out dozens of demons, but the final one was Satan. 

The higher up the demons went, the more resistant they became and the afflicted man simply could not keep up with the prayer and confession that are required in the exorcism protocol.

“And I just finally said to him, ‘Unless you are willing to do this we cannot help you because we’re losing ground’. Recently, a priest was appointed exorcist in the diocese where this guy is and he started up the case again. The priest has had some success.”

Fr Lampert emphasises that only a trained exorcist performs the Rite in cases of actual demonic possession. Any priest can pray for people suffering from attachment, vexation, or infestation on property. And an exorcism can be conducted only if an afflicted person wants it. He relates a case of “perfect possession” in which he could offer an afflicted person’s family no hope.

Vox Wrote:
That there are people who are "perfectly possessed," who've willingly given over not just their bodies, but their souls to the Evil One, is so frightening.

“There was a gentleman – his family contacted me. They were concerned about him and I went to visit him. He told me that throughout his life he had cultivated relationships with demons and with Satan and that when he died it was his desire to spend eternity with these demons. He said, ‘I know my family is concerned about me, but this is the free choice that I make’.

"So in that case you really can’t force an exorcism on someone against their will. We all have free will. We can pray that someone might have a change of heart. But this is someone who was heavily involved in the worship of demons.

"This man was perfectly possessed; he had established a harmonious relationship with the evil in his life. And he was not willing to have an extended conversation with me about it.”

Both Fr Thomas and Fr Lampert say they have never been afraid to conduct an exorcism. For Fr Thomas, being an exorcist, he says, is his calling and the lack of fear is a state of grace. For Fr Lampert, he says he is never afraid because evil must somehow be invited in and he would never be receptive to evil.

In 1973, thousands of Americans flocked to see the blockbuster film The Exorcist, making it one of Hollywood’s greatest cult movies.  The story is said to be based on the actual possession of a boy living in the state of Maryland.  For some, The Exorcist is the ultimate horror movie. For many others, the mention of “exorcism” produces eye-rolling and smirks.

To that reaction, Fr Lampert observes that humour has always been a coping mechanism for fear. “If you downplay it and make fun of it, you can convince yourself more and more that evil is not real,” he says.

Vox Wrote:Well, it doesn't help matters when you have certain groups of wacky Protestants carrying on. How can anyone take this seriously, with this "exorcist" sticking a microphone in the alleged demoniac's face?:

https://youtu.be/ABXWHELHAiI
A fascinating, yet terrifying reminder of what we are up against.  I find it interesting how we're seeing more requests for exorcisms, despite becoming a more secular and "enlightened" society.  Thanks for posting this.

(09-27-2016, 07:07 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]Well, it doesn't help matters when you have certain groups of wacky Protestants carrying on. How can anyone take this seriously, with this "exorcist" sticking a microphone in the alleged demoniac's face?:

https://youtu.be/ABXWHELHAiI

Not to make light, but does the lady above remind anyone else of the Ajax Lady from "Up in Smoke?" Jump forward to about :40 into the clip. Grin
It's interesting but not surprising that there are more exorcist today.  Neo pagan, outright demon summoning  (E.A. Koetting etc.) Chaos Magick and various forms of Heathenry are alive and well.

Generally speaking the Roman Catholic Church has become a religion of lovey dovey social justice turn the other cheek sissies from the top down.  Many are turning to more masculine and more dangerous occult groups.

It's something I understand because I spent years in the metal and neo pagan scene back in my high school and early 20's. It's all very dangerous. 

If the Church became more robust and less a place for sentimentality and weakness it would attract men away from stuff like the Golden Dawn, Neo Druidism or Asatru.
(09-27-2016, 10:13 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]It's interesting but not surprising that there are more exorcist today.  Neo pagan, outright demon summoning  (E.A. Koetting etc.) Chaos Magick and various forms of Heathenry are alive and well.

Generally speaking the Roman Catholic Church has become a religion of lovey dovey social justice turn the other cheek sissies from the top down.  Many are turning to more masculine and more dangerous occult groups.

It's something I understand because I spent years in the metal and neo pagan scene back in my high school and early 20's. It's all very dangerous. 

If the Church became more robust and less a place for sentimentality and weakness it would attract men away from stuff like the Golden Dawn, Neo Druidism or Asatru.

Your absolutely right FB. As someone who has spent that last year in the "dissident right" trenches on Twitter and the blogosphere it is very true that many men are turned off by the current Christian culture of hyper-tolerance and Americanized Protestant forms. With that being said there are also many people moving to the Orthodox church.  Which (as you know from our conversations) is something I understand to a degree. I pray that Rome does a better job at facing today's evils and can once again bring in pious and noble men to defend the Church.

We live is interesting times.


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(09-27-2016, 10:13 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]It's interesting but not surprising that there are more exorcist today.  Neo pagan, outright demon summoning  (E.A. Koetting etc.) Chaos Magick and various forms of Heathenry are alive and well.

Generally speaking the Roman Catholic Church has become a religion of lovey dovey social justice turn the other cheek sissies from the top down.  Many are turning to more masculine and more dangerous occult groups.

It's something I understand because I spent years in the metal and neo pagan scene back in my high school and early 20's. It's all very dangerous. 

If the Church became more robust and less a place for sentimentality and weakness it would attract men away from stuff like the Golden Dawn, Neo Druidism or Asatru.

For me I find it difficult to come to terms with the state of the Church today: effeminate priests who praise Islam and who disrespect 2,000 years of Church teaching/history/belief; "womyn" "priests" who are hell-bent on power and turning the Mass into some feminist SJW circus; glorification of homosexuals who think putting their penises into poop-holes is "luv" and "beautiful;" lack of faithful among the clergy and laity; failure to teach and catechize seriously; etc.

There's no doubt that the number of dissenters-especially here in the West-will continue to grow larger and larger over time, thanks to us and the immoral leaders-bishops, cardinals, priests, etc. More people-men especially-who are trying to fill the void will join occult groups or atheist movements. People will try to find personal meaning in the "other" mysterious-whether it's the occult or atheistic scientism (the search for "extraterrestrial life" or vast exploration of the universe; that certainly denotes "mystery," doesn't it?). In this future world-as it is now-man will become the ultimate "god," albeit a false god. So of course the rise of exorcists and exorcisms-especially in western society-will continue to rise as well.

But I also think there is something going on the in Church, perhaps a small-scale "revival" of sorts. New, more traditional religious orders (for men and women) have been springing up in the past few decades (Milites Christi and Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope, both come to my mind). Millennials and baby-boomers have re-converted out of the blue and are discovering the faith of our spiritual ancestors (and not the "re-invented" "liturgy" of Vatican II). Vocations-in some instances-are booming. Many Jews have (not surprisingly) been converting to Catholicism not only over the past few decades, but the last few centuries as well (if the Catholic faith is good enough for a Jew, why not good enough for me too?). Many religious Confraternities that have been stagnant over the past few decades/centuries have suddenly seen a boom in enrollment from laity (the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, for example). There is a strong emphasis now-especially among faithful laity-of building a Catholic culture within the family. There is once again an interest in the ancient Catholic liturgies not only of the West, but of the East as well. There is the re-focus of personal piety and holiness. And then there is the renewed interest in caring and venerating sacred relics of Saints-of which I would consider myself a part of.

As we continue to grow inward we should also be looking to grow outward, to save lost souls from Satan.
(09-27-2016, 08:08 PM)Sequentia Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-27-2016, 10:13 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]It's interesting but not surprising that there are more exorcist today.  Neo pagan, outright demon summoning  (E.A. Koetting etc.) Chaos Magick and various forms of Heathenry are alive and well.

Generally speaking the Roman Catholic Church has become a religion of lovey dovey social justice turn the other cheek sissies from the top down.  Many are turning to more masculine and more dangerous occult groups.

It's something I understand because I spent years in the metal and neo pagan scene back in my high school and early 20's. It's all very dangerous. 

If the Church became more robust and less a place for sentimentality and weakness it would attract men away from stuff like the Golden Dawn, Neo Druidism or Asatru.

For me I find it difficult to come to terms with the state of the Church today: effeminate priests who praise Islam and who disrespect 2,000 years of Church teaching/history/belief; "womyn" "priests" who are hell-bent on power and turning the Mass into some feminist SJW circus; glorification of homosexuals who think putting their penises into poop-holes is "luv" and "beautiful;" lack of faithful among the clergy and laity; failure to teach and catechize seriously; etc.

There's no doubt that the number of dissenters-especially here in the West-will continue to grow larger and larger over time, thanks to us and the immoral leaders-bishops, cardinals, priests, etc. More people-men especially-who are trying to fill the void will join occult groups or atheist movements. People will try to find personal meaning in the "other" mysterious-whether it's the occult or atheistic scientism (the search for "extraterrestrial life" or vast exploration of the universe; that certainly denotes "mystery," doesn't it?). In this future world-as it is now-man will become the ultimate "god," albeit a false god. So of course the rise of exorcists and exorcisms-especially in western society-will continue to rise as well.

But I also think there is something going on the in Church, perhaps a small-scale "revival" of sorts. New, more traditional religious orders (for men and women) have been springing up in the past few decades (Milites Christi and Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope, both come to my mind). Millennials and baby-boomers have re-converted out of the blue and are discovering the faith of our spiritual ancestors (and not the "re-invented" "liturgy" of Vatican II). Vocations-in some instances-are booming. Many Jews have (not surprisingly) been converting to Catholicism not only over the past few decades, but the last few centuries as well (if the Catholic faith is good enough for a Jew, why not good enough for me too?). Many religious Confraternities that have been stagnant over the past few decades/centuries have suddenly seen a boom in enrollment from laity (the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, for example). There is a strong emphasis now-especially among faithful laity-of building a Catholic culture within the family. There is once again an interest in the ancient Catholic liturgies not only of the West, but of the East as well. There is the re-focus of personal piety and holiness. And then there is the renewed interest in caring and venerating sacred relics of Saints-of which I would consider myself a part of.

As we continue to grow inward we should also be looking to grow outward, to save lost souls from Satan.

There is certainly a small scale revival. I can agree with that, however, the elephant in the room is that all of the major changes to liturgy, theological focus and a " turn to the world" ecumenical outlook fundamentally at odds with most of western church history has been orchestrated by the papacy and the official hierarchy of the Church. I cannot shake from my consciousness the fact that any revival of Tradition goes fundamentally against both Vatican II and its official interpretations.  Even the Rite of Exorcism and the very theology of blessings themselves was changed in light of the Council.

What all this shows me is the fundamental weakness of the papacy as infallible oracle and a church with such a centralized top down way of doing things. The bottom line is that no matter how hard one fights for Tradition there can always be a pope or a bishop that tramples it, erases it or rewrites it and demands obedience to the new. Even should there be some super traditional future pope that rolls back the clock ( possible but highly unlikely) the guy after him could be another Francis or John Paul II.  There's no real stability in this paradigm, there are only legal types who will play the roll of spin doctor, squaring circles till the end of time in order to prove that whatever comes from the Vatican machine is in truth " orthodox" even if only implicitly.  I cannot accept that type of magical thinking.

These thoughts have vexed me for awhile now, and try as I may I cannot shake them or find a satisfactory answer to this dilemma.

So revival of traditions are good things, but remaining in communion with the current hierarchy makes doing so a perilous endeavor with no support from the powers that be and no real way to resolve things other than to go into hiding and reject the authorities.
Ideally, the minor order would be restored (along with the rest) for regular exorcisms in CCD, etc.  We're no longer in Christendom and I'm convinced the demonic is on the prowl.