Friday, 15 July 2016

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 109.

SIX VOLUMES IN ONE
BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM
REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D.
REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.
REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada
REV. STEPHEN KEENAN
REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J.
REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P.


Q. What do you mean by exorcisms ?

A. The rites and prayers instituted by the Church for the casting out devils, or restraining them from hurting persons, or disturbing places, or abusing any of God's creatures to their harm or prejudice.

Q. Has Christ given to his Church any such power over the devils?

A. Yes, he has, as we read in St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Luke; Matt. x. 1; Mark iii. 15; Luke ix i ; where this power was given to the Apostles, and to the seventy-two disciples, and the other believers. See St. Mark xvi. 17; St. Luke x. 19. And that this power was not to die with the Apostles, nor to cease after the apostolic age, we learn from the perpetual practice of the Church, and the experience of all ages.