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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, February 1f, LITHMIOQE HERALD-11 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES REV. T. W. ROYCROFT Service Service St Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5 Avenue South Minister Rev L D Hankinson D A. Organist Mr W Vender Kooy SUFFERING OF THE RIGHTEOUS" Church School: All classes from Kindergarten to Grade six. Nursery during Church Hour 7-00 p.m. ARGUMENT" EXORCISM; Theologians warn film distorts church teaching Bethlen Presbyterian Church 1014-IOth Avenue North Lethbridge Mlnteter ROT. George Tetee B.A., B.D., M.th. Vlvim Toth English Worship Service a.m. Hungarian Worship a.m. Sunday School a.m. LUTHERAN ________CHURCHES CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 41S 12th 327-0709 HAROLD MARTIN School Worship Hour Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd inn Avenue end 24th atree. South Phone 328-3445 Office; 328-1518 Home School Service EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue end 18th Street South VACANCY PASTOR Rev. D. Temke 327-4336 Office 345-3548 Residence School and Bible Class Service Listen to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a.m. CFAC Calgary By EDWARD B. F1SKE New Yerk Times Service NEW YORK Early this month a young man left a Denver theatre that was showing The Eiorcist and walked to the nearby Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. "He was half naked with bare feet and no shirt and clearly said Rev. James W. Rasby, pastor of the cathedral. "We called an ambulance but he was so upset that it took the police, the attendants and two priests to get him into it." The incident is indicative of some of the pastoral and theological problems that have arisen for Roman Catholic clergymen across the country since the film version of William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel The Exorcist opened to capacity crowds in 24 cities the day after Christmas. Priests have been called to the aid of terrified teenagers who reported that they could not sleep. Chancery officials have been confronted with a wave of inquiries Irom persons who believe that they, or acquaintances, are possessed by a demon. Theologians have warned that the film distorts church teachings. The novel and film, which LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Home of the SuneMne Evangel Hour LMon every Sunder p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. School (Classes for all ages) Edina Sponholz of Medicine Hat (Recently returned from Brazil) Clyde Williamson of Montreal (Hear what God is doing in Quebec) Prayer and Bible Study Young People's Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. Coilhurst Pintwostil Assembly School Service Service "A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU were inspired by a documented case of a 14-year- old Maryland boy who underwent exorcism In 1M8, describe the agony of a 12- year-old girl possessed by a demon. In the movie, the demon transforms the girl Into a ghastly image that spews forth gushers of bile and screams blasphemous obscenities. Rev. Richard Woods, a Dominican priest at Loyola University in Chicago, who has published a book on the devil, said: "I've received dozens of calls from people who are horribly frightened or so confused that they have begun to lose their grip on reality. I know of two kids who came out of the movie thinking that they were possessed and have now been hospitalized." Rev. Michael Rush of St. Patrick's Church in Woodbury, N.J. reported that a 19-year-old girl "spent the entire night praying the rosary with her parents and really needed some special assurances from a priest before she calmed down. Lament While pastors lament the psychological effect that the f flm has had on some viewers, theologians, Biblical scholars and church officials have become fearful that the f Urn is creating widespread misconceptions about church teachings and practices, especially exorcism. The ritual of exorcism is rooted in numerous incidents, described in the New Testament, in which Jesus or his followers cast out demons and unclean spirits from distressed individuals. Mark IX, for instance, describes how a boy who had experienced convulsions from birth was healed when Jesus declared, "thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him." Biblical scholars noted that in the ancient world terms such as "demon" were used to describe difficulties such as deafness or nervous disorders for which no physical cause was apparent. Today the causes would often be recognized. The boy in Mark IX, for instance, might be described as epileptic. The ritual of exorcism, which persists in vestigial form in the modern rite of baptism, was developed as a means of regularizing the church's approach to such situations and is essentially a prayer invoking the power of God. Until 1972, when several minor orders of ministry were eliminated, new priests were routinely ordained as exorcists. Screened Priests who are actually called upon to perform exorcism are carefully screened for maturity and depth of faith by their superiors. Authorization is only given on a case to case basis by bishops after it is demonstrated that medical efforts have been unsuccessful. Most informed officials estimate that no more than ahandful of exorcisms have been performed in this country in this century. The popularity of the novel and the film version of The Exorcist has focused attention on several traditional theological arguments, including whether the devil exists as a real person. The traditional position of the church is that he does. In the last decade or so, however, some theologians have begun publishing articles questioning this view. "I am a firm believer in the presence of said Rev. Charles Curran, a young theologian at the Catholic University. "I have my doubts, though, about a personal being called the Devil." Movie 6no good at all9 for student occult dabblers By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) "Get out of him, O accursed devil, and yield place to. Christ who has won his soul." So, goes the key phrase of the ancient church rite of ex- orcism, preceded by an exten- sive sequence of other pray- ritual that is getting considerable notice these days. attention is a bit fre- netic, a kind of hysterical re- says Rev. Edward B. Brueggeman, a Roman Catho- lic theologian of Xavier Uni- versity in Cincinnati and a specialist on the subject. "Much of it is about 95 per cent of it." How- ever, as a result of the cur- rent movie, The Exorcist and the general fascination with the occult, many churches and their institutions have ex- perienced a wave of claimed cases of demon possession. "All of a sudden there's a plethora of it all over the says Father Bruegge- man, who teaches a special course on cults hi the modern world. SUCH CASES RARE Both in theology and through the church's ex- perience, he added in a tele- phone interview, the phe- nomenon of Satanic posses- sion is extremely rare, al- though there are scriptural premises for its possibility. "We know there are pow- erful spirits of evil in the world through the freedom permitted by he said. "Our time had its stark dem- onstrations of that in Hitler and Stalin. And it's well that we should realize this." "However, regarding the current spate of upset people complaining they or others are suffering he said the danger is that their problem usually is psy- chological, such as unleashed guilt feelings or mental illu- sions, needing treatment.' Typical of cases in which his advice has been enlisted, he said, was that of a young woman who was "simply hun- gry for attention. It was a case of a disturbed mind more than anything else." Nevertheless, a rash of such companies and inquiries have descended on church officials and pastors, usually as a re- sult of the movie. LOSE SLEEP At St. Hugo's parish in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Rev. James Chichon says about 20 people, mostly college stu- dents, have showed up there "really reporting prolonged loss of sleep or other effects. "Most of them have been highly exposed to the occult on he says, adding that he can see "absolutely no good at all" resulting from the movie. "Anyone who takes the kids to see it are put of their minds." Many other .parishes report a spate of alleged "posses- sion" cases by people given nightmares or other anxieties by the movie. Of a youth who claimed some of the movie's odd -audio-visual sensations, Rev. Vince Connor of St Jude's parish in suburban Denver, says: "We said the prayers of ex- orcism over him more for his own consolation than as part of the ritual." CHECK HEALTH Officially, rites of exorcism are carried out in Catholicism only with authorization of the diocesan bishop, only in high rare instances, after medical treatment has been unavail- ing, and when investigated clues indicate it. Only a few as New York and Washington, officially desig- nated exorcists. Some Angli- can Episcopal dioceses also have them, particularly hi England. Traditional church teaching on the subject distinguishes between "obsession." in which inanimate objects may be moved or persons inflicted with pain or bruises, and "possession" itself in which Satan takes over the soul. The latter, Father Bruegge- OEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES eee continuing memoriei Ph. 327-5322 or 327-2735 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS HONPA BUDWIST CHURCH 3611 Foreetry Ave. 10 00 a m School English Speaksr REV. JAMES H BURKEY LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH Demon possession 'fiddlesticks' MINISTER D 3 Av. So a.m. FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL p.m. CHINESE SERVICES "What Is "How To Gain A Clear Conscience" CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF UTTiR MY SHUTS EVERYONE WELCOME 1912 10th Ave. S. 28th Stand Scenic 2223 6th Ave. 'A' N. Priesthood 9.00 a.m. a.m. 8-00 a.m. 8 00 a.m. a.m. a.m. Sunday School a.m. 9.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 9.30 pm 9'30 pm 1030 a m. Sacrament 4.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. p.m 2 00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. p.m. NEW YORK (AP) The Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, said this week there are genuine demonic powers in the world, but that a wave of claimed cases of possession by the devil is mostly "a lot of "I regret it has been turned into a he said. "There's an element of superstitation in it and an element of morbidity." The archbishop, spiritual leader of the world's 45 million Anglicans and Episcopalians, made his comments about an upsurge of concern about demonology resulting partly from the current movie, The Exorcist. "There are forces of evil of a supernatural kind that sometimes get hold of he told a news conference. "There are genuine ex- orcisms. But there also is a lot of phoney superstition around He added that most of the lepuited instances, occurring around the country usually after people have seen the movie, "probably are phoney." Authentic cases, he said, are small in number. HAVE "EXORCISTS" As in Roman Catholic faith, he said some Anglican dioceses in England, in the United States and in other national branches have priests who are designated as "exorcists." "There are some people with a gift for he said. "But it's a very dangerous gift to use. There is the danger of the person using it being spiritually damaged. I would not advise it for anybody if they didn't have the gift and considerable spiritual depth." CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 42S1101 StS. J. a CHAPMAN. Minister MR. D MAISEY. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10OO a.m. (Worship service for adults S S. Classes for Children) Evening Service 7-00 p m. EVERYBODY WELCOME CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th AVE. S SUNDAY S-15 CJOC The TRUTH That HEALS" 11-00 Service You can borrow -SCIENCE and HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES' By Mary BaVei Eooy from the LethbrJdge Pub- Hc Library WEDNESDAY T30 Testimony Meeting REAOWGBOOM Open Noon 2-00 p m Toes Thurs Sat Firi Church Minister: Rev. G. K. Churchill, B.A., M.DIv. Director of Music: Mr. 0. Barry Watertow L.T.C Church School DESTINY OF MAN" of Service at Southminster United Church YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Morning Service: Baby Sitting Service SERMON: YO YO Religion Evening Service Baby Sitting Service SERMON: Chargex Comes to Church THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: RIGHT REV. N. BRUCE McLEOD, Toronto President of Conference: Rev. A. Chairman of Presbytery: Rev. T. Medicine Hat SOUTrMNSTER 4th Ave. and 11th 8tS. REV KENNETH MORRIS B Sc B D MR WILLIAM CALDERWOOD M A DIRECTOR OF MUSIC-Mr Wilfred Woolhouse ORGANIST EMERITUS-Mr. A K Rutland man said, is such a highly ex- ceptional circumstance that the late French Catholic scholar, Rev. Pierre de Ton- quedec, the chief exorcist of Paris for 31 years, never en- countered a single case of "possession." The movie, based on a youngster in Maryland that underwent exorcism in 1949, is described by the Catholic film and broadcasting division of the U.S. Catholic Conference as "little more than an expensive horror movie in the escapist entertainment vein." Worship Sermon: "How to Build a House" Rev. Kenneth Morris Church Parade 5th Lethbridge Troop ANTHEMS: Senior and Junior Choirs Church School in all Departments at A.M. SERVICE Guest Speaker Rabbi Lewis Ginsburg Southminster Senior Choir augumented by members of other church choirs. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: at p.m. at p.m. at p.m. MdQLLOPINTED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th, and 24th St S MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Cbetr Director: Mr. H. Vaa Efterea Orfufet: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 of the K. Walker Service 14th Lethbridge Cub and Scout Parade at Southminster CHRISTIAN EDUCATION a.m.-Junior Department (Grades and 6) Intermediate Department a.m.-Kindergarten (ages 3, i ana a years) Primary Department (Grades 1, 2 and 3) Nursery for tiny tots is available at the service FUST OUTED CHURCH 1 MINISTER- REV KEN JORDAN B.A. B.D. Director of Music MRS DOROTHY GLOCK ATCH, RMT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Worship Sermon: "PURSES THAT GROW NOT OLD" 11-00 School (All Departments) Nursery Available Group MIDWEEK GROUPS at p.m. at p.m. at p.m. at p.m. at p.m. LAKEYIEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH 1 MI an st. 10.OO School THE NO PICNIC SITE PASTOR" Outreach NO EVENING SERVICE "Where the Lord is Loved Peopte Appreciated" I BELIEVE MAN EVOLVED FROM GRAY AUPAE Tesenieo By Thechuych or ChrfsT CHURCH OF CHRIST Donald R Bfbte Study 10 am 11 am and 6pm 730pm Be 9tttt tVERYOME WELCOME ;