Exorcist shares past experiences with demonic possession

Exorcist shares past experiences with demonic possession
Katie Palmer  - Features staff writer 
October 28th, 2009

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Father Vincent Lampert (right), from St. Francis and Clare Parish in Indianapolis, Ind.,
lectures at Foellinger Auditorium on Monday. Fr. Lampert discussed his experiences
as one of 12 officially trained exorcist priests in the United States.

With Halloween around the corner and Hollywood releasing horror movies such as "Paranormal Activity" and "Saw VI," one cannot help but feel chills running down his or her spine. St. John's Catholic Newman Center had the timing right when it invited exorcist Father Vince Lampert to speak about his experiences Monday night at Foellinger Auditorium.

Lampert, the head priest at St. Francis and Clare parish in Greenwood, Ind., was ordained a priest in 1991. He was later asked by the archbishop of Indianapolis if he was willing to train as an exorcist, said Monsignor Gregory Ketcham, director and head chaplain at the Newman Center.

"Father Lampert was asked to take on the role of an exorcist because he is very prayerful and faithful, and he has a lot of integrity — he's a good man," Ketcham said.

Lampert is one of twelve exorcists in America today, Ketcham said. Lampert spent a whole summer in Rome training under Italy's head exorcist. This training included witnessing and assisting in about 60 exorcisms.

Now that Lampert has been a fully trained exorcist for several years, he said he receives five to six calls a week from people who believe they are possessed. Exorcisms are only performed as a last resort once the subject is determined to be truly possessed.

"For one to become possessed by the devil, one has to have a dedication to the devil, be cursed or lead a life that is full of sin; it is something more than just a struggle against temptation," Lampert said.

Performing an exorcism takes a lot of preparation by not only the subject, but by the exorcist too, Lampert said. Before each exorcism, Lampert has to go through a series of prayers and attend confession so the devil will not be able top reach him.

"In order for a person to be exorcised, they have to be fully committed to turning to Christ," Lampert said. "If they resist, the exorcism cannot be performed."

When determining if a person is in fact possessed, Lampert looks for several criteria.

"A person may be possessed if they have an ability to speak unknown languages, unhuman-like strength, the knowledge of the unknown, and an inexplicable aversion to holy places," Lampert said.

During an exorcism, Lampert goes through 10 steps, including prayers and blessings, he said.

"Sometimes the exorcism can be rather dull," Lampert said. "But I have seen a woman levitate and people's faces contort."

During his lecture, Lampert told several stories of extraordinary events that have occurred during his exorcisms. In one story, a person spoke in a childlike voice that was not his own, as it was the devil speaking.

People formed long lines before the microphone in order to ask Lampert questions about his unusual career. Many viewers were also listening attentively to his answers with gasping and awing. Many of the seats at Foellinger Auditorium were occupied throughout the event.

Erika Satterlee, freshman in LAS, said she went into the lecture not knowing much about exorcisms except for depictions in movies.

"The lecture was definitely interesting," Satterlee said. "It freaked me out too, which I knew it would."

This was Lampert's second time speaking at the University around Halloween, Ketcham said.

"Lampert's purpose of speaking is to share the Catholic view of evil and how it works in our lives," Ketcham said. "He is here to tell us the truth."

I wonder if any of these signs and wonders will ever appear on YouTube.

There are so many video cameras nowadays I have two in my house and most people have them on their mobile phone, that one wonders how long it can be before something truly astonishing and supernatural is filmed and broadcast over the web.  The most impressive thing I've ever seen is the video of the events at Garabandal where something supernatural definitely appeared to be happening.  I've visited Garabandal and walked those same mountain paths and there is just no way to explain how they could have walked up them in the dark, backwards and at speed.

I can certainly understand why people might think Garabandal was satanic, (though what exactly the devil achieved by it is less clear) but those who claim it was made up by the seers clearly have never seen the cine films and videos I've seen.
How did they film the kids walking up the mountain backwards in the dark? In the early 60s filming in the dark wouldn't give u much quality.
Jist curious
Camera was close to them and they had camera lighting or other lighting.  You could see their face and most of their body and you can see people running next to them to keep up.  There is a distinct deference between running and speeded up walking when you see it on film.  These spectators are definitely jogging.

Bear in mind that at the time it was pretty big news in Spain, which was a very Catholic country under General Franco.  There would have been a lot of local public interest in such events, so people with cameras and equipment would have shown up to film them.  Unlike Fatima they weren't just happening once a month for six months but every few days for 3 years.  Sometimes there was less of a public spectacle and sometimes more.  The most impressive events were the "night of the screams" where it is assumed that the Children saw the Chastisement taking place and it scared them witless so they gave out blood curdling screams and the entire town reason to visit the confessional.  Also these multiple ecstasy events where they did physically impossible things.  I saw a film of one of the girls leaning backward so a person behind her could kiss a crucifix and she leans in a way that defies gravity and there is no sign of strain on her face.  Like something was supporting her body.  I watched it over and over again to see whether it was an optical illusion on trick of the camera but I couldn't resist the conclusion that it was simply unnatural and defied explanation according to the physical laws.

Joey Lomangino showed up while touring Europe on an extended vacation after all.  If he had the money to travel around Europe he could easily have afford a cine camera and a decent light.

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