Statement Regarding Purported “Live” Exorcism in St. Louis

October 29, 2015
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - The cable network “Destination America” reportedly plans to air a purported exorcism live on national television on Friday, October 30, from a home in St. Louis which was associated with the well-known exorcism of “Roland Doe” in 1949.

Given the public nature of this event, the Archdiocese of St. Louis – which is not involved in this dangerous endeavor – deems it necessary to educate and warn the public about the dangers of participating in such activities. 

“No exorcism can take place without the authority of the local Roman Catholic ordinary,” said auxiliary bishop emeritus Robert Hermann.

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has not granted the necessary permissions – known as “faculties” – to any priests or bishops for the purpose of this televised event. Anyone involved in this production who claims to be a member of the Catholic clergy is not affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis nor are they operating under the authority of the Vatican.

Any purported exorcism by spiritualists, paranormal investigators, mediums, or non-Catholic clerics for the purposes of entertainment trivializes this ancient rite of the Roman Catholic Church and the very real danger of evil.

“Any attempt to use the solemn Rite of Exorcism as entertainment exposes all participators to the danger of future hidden satanic attack,” said Bishop Hermann. “We cannot play games with Satan and expect to win.”



August 7, 2012
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 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to give opening remarks

 (St. Louis) — The Archdiocese of St. Louis welcomes the sisters of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) who begin their annual assembly today in St. Louis. In his role as the local ordinary and as the chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will give some opening remarks at the assembly.

Recently, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has brought to light some very difficult and sensitive issues involving some of the programming and content that is featured at the LCWR assemblies. Archbishop Carlson is aware of this controversy and played no role in the planning of this assembly, the selection of speakers, or its honorees.

 "My presence only indicates my love for the Church, the doctrinal concern for the Holy See -- which I support -- my memory of the wonderful religious who helped me in my earliest days as a child, my gratitude for the extraordinary work of Sisters today, especially in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and my hope for resolution to the challenges that exist at this time within the community of faith," said Archbishop Carlson.

Archbishop Peter J. Sartain of Seattle was appointed by the Vatican to address concerns raised by the CDF’s doctrinal assessment of LCWR.

Currently, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is running a series of articles on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism, locally and around the world. These articles are featured in bi-weekly installments in the archdiocesan newspaper, the St. Louis Review. You can join the conversation of what St. Louis sisters mean to you on Twitter, by following the hash tag #stlsisters. The St. Louis Review will have continuing coverage of the LCWR assembly this week.  



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