Conservatives look to pin Aurora shootings on demonic possession
There was a weird phone message with bizarre guttural voices and moans. Was he demon possessed? Maybe. It happens.
Though he notes briefly later in the piece in accordance with Catholic doctrine on possession that “many of these symptoms [of possession] may also be signs of a deep mental or spiritual illness which is not demonic in origin,” Longenecker — unlike priests trained in exorcism by the Church who are cautioned to “initially [approach] the possessed person as he would anyone who suffers from physical or psychological illness” — is certain that, at the very least, the man behind the mass shooting in Aurora was “taken over by evil.”
Is James Holmes demon possessed? It is impossible to say without a detailed diagnosis. Even then, it is a slippery question. We are dealing with a reality that is rubbery. In many ways this is the wrong question. Better to ask, “Was James Holmes taken over by Evil?”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that the NRO has taken on exorcism as a topic, especially since Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wrote of performing an (unapproved and in violation of Catholic doctrine) exorcism while in college on a woman who took an interest in him.
But it boggles the mind that the natural inclination to look for an explanation for the shootings or to posit a way to prevent future such incidents has already devolved into blaming it on the actual devil. (It’s almost like there’s something else people really don’t want to have to talk about.)
**Longenecker is, according to his bio, a graduate of Bob Jones University and former Anglican priest who was ordained in the Catholic church despite his marriage and children under special provisions made for former Anglican clergy.
H/T Cord Jefferson