There are conflicting scenarios battling w/in me …. I Just read that it’s been announced that the Discovery Channel is teaming up with the Vatican (an unholy alliance if I ever heard one) for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: DEMONS – in an almost-reality-TV program called “The Exorcist Files.”, ….. coming soon, ….. to a TV near you!
On one hand, after decades of Priest’s abuse of children, Catholicism has lost much of its’ credibility with the general public.
Allowing this TV program into one’s home almost seems as if one is allowing children to play “hide and seek” in a child preditor’s dark, back yard!
On the other hand, Reality TV seems to be constantly tied to conflict; and that’s what draws viewers. This show certainly will draw viewers, …. if it’s well done, but this show is scheduled to be re-creations of the demonic, rather than real-time confrontations, …….
Reading farther, I find that it’s only the first season that will be only re-creations and interviews. Still, … if it flies, (no pun intended) they plan to go live for the second season. The first season is likely to create more skeptics, so I wondered why they were bothering …… yet, to film live exorcisms, takes time; one doesn’t just put an ad in the paper …..
Doing a show on demons, witches, ghosts, etc. will most likely create more demonic entities / spirits and activity in the spiritual realms.
When it comes down to it, demons are real and those familiar with other cultures are fully aware of that; Demonic entities only begin to manifest themselves once the public has already come to believe.
It’s as if they want to be/remain hidden until they can inhabit, possess, or intimidate believers and of course that makes the for more scoffers …. or scares the beegeebes out of believers, ….. drawing them closer to God! Maybe that’s the Vatican’s intent? ….. to scare people back into church?
Other than Catholicism, few American churches openly admit they believe in the Demonic, …. at least, not until cornered. Even fewer pastors, have experience with the real thing.
The TV show will begin with re-creating stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files, as well as interviews with the church’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.
Discovery General Manager and President Clark Bunting, admits, “The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we sold it to them by convincing them “we’re not going to try to tell people what to think.”
The Exorcist Files will debut this spring on Discovery Channel; an exact date has not yet been set.
I agree with you, it’s an unholy alliance…secular media always portrays the Catholic Church wrong. Even most Catholics portray the Catholic Church wrong. But you can stop it with the pedophile stuff…the Church has done what it can to ensure that priests don’t molest children any more. The cases that are out there are more than 10 years old. Give it a break, will you? Also, Catholicism has not lost it’s credibility at all. A small percentage of priests, bishops included, did little or nothing to stop priests from molesting children. They were exposed and have been addressed, and the problem has been addressed. Catholics move on. It’s the rest of the world who condemns.
As a former Catholic, it’s not that I believe there are not true believers in Christ that still attend ….. I do, but I also know and agree with you that the church has taken the Child molestation seriously …… at least they are now. As more people (Catholics included) begin to seek to draw closer to God, and actually read scripture, they find things in scripture which are still wrong in the church …… including those posted on the Wittenburg door, the rejection of Jews and Israel, ……. and the Helenization of the church from the beginning, …… yet you’re right, it
the rest of the world which condemns. Still, the church is too focused on the living conditions rather than how to draw near to God, becoming obedient, loving and serving Him!
Jesus founded His church on a sinner-Peter, and twelve other sinners, the apostles. Every person who ever proclaimed to follow Jesus was a sinner. We follow Christ imperfectly, every one of us. But the Church is protected. Most of what Luther wrote was addressed before he ever wrote it. But the church, like every one of us, must start every day asking God for conversion. Our faith is a journey, not a destination, at least while we’re in this life. We lay faithful have to do our part to help the Church. I read scripture every day and see how the Catholic Church is the Church Jesus proclaimed. Certainly there are problems, but we’re not to shun Peter because of Judas…
I’ve no problem with anything you say. I do know enough of the church history from the 3rd and 4th century that it stimulates the curiosity. I’ve delved into drugs, lived with a practicing witch for 4.5 years, and finally came back to seeking Him. I should read more, study more, but I converse with the H.S. more than daily; it’s good to know there are others out there ….. To limit your statement to “Every person who proclaimed to follow …..” excludes the majority of the sinners.
Bottom line is, we ARE, in end times ……; we ALL need to be about our Father’s business.
Absolutely. If not THE end times, our end times…I know at least two prominent priests that believe our economy is collapsing. No not that guy on Fox News…
I just got a bit peeved at the pedophile thing…God bless you.