The Heart of the Matter: Enter the Demons
|Part 13 of 14 – This series of columns is based on the work of Fr. Chad Ripperger that analyzes the spirits of the past six generations and how those spirits have affected the Church. We only ask that you consider whether his descriptions are true in a general sense, even if they do not describe you or people you know.|
By Fr. Ripperger’s count, grade-school children and those being born today are the sixth generation since the “Lost” Generation. He warns that “This generation will have a spirit that is not like any of the other generations.” The depravity of their parents and indifference of their grandparents “fueled by a prolific pornography industry, has opened the door to the spirit of paganism.”
Exorcists know that the introduction into the occult is almost always accomplished through immorality, especially immorality in the areas of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. Once a person has fully indulged himself in those areas, the demons begin leading the individual down a path toward worship of demons and involvement in demonic activity such as witchcraft.
In his ministry as an exorcist, Fr. Ripperger is well-acquainted with the doors that can be opened to demonic oppression through things such as the “Harry Potter series, the Twilight saga, and other vampire and werewolf movies,” noting “how vehemently the parents of Generation Z will defend the licitness of their kids reading these books and watching these films.” In the vacuum of no moral direction, the pursuit of evil can result from natural curiosity that extends beyond the simple desire to learn and becomes a “vice in which a person seeks after knowledge that is not suited to his state in life” in occult practices that promise knowledge, power, and influence.
[T]he vice of curiosity is in full bloom with the advent of every form of paranormal TV program and movie, as well as the drastic rise in witchcraft which exorcists and other priests have noticed. As saints, theologians, and exorcists have pointed out for centuries, the vice of curiosity is one of the primary entrances into the occult. . . . Eve’s first sin was curiosity, and exorcists have known from repeated experience that children and adults who do not curb their interest in occult practices or things pertaining to the demonic can find themselves. . . wanting or actually having open worship of other “gods.”(all quotes taken from Latin Mass magazine, summer 2012)
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions. (1Timothy 4:1)