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Response to Crash2Parties (Reply #39)

Mon Dec 17, 2018, 12:27 AM

43. Honest question: Do Catholics these days believe that epilepsy is caused by demonic possession?

I was raised in a Protestant household, and we were taught that modern medicine is legit, and that illness isn't caused by demonic possession or spiritual malaise and such. I'd actually be shocked to learn that Catholic doctrine is that epilepsy and similar conditions are caused by possession. Or that they still believe the Earth is the center of the universe, for that matter...

I know that the Church does believe that demonic possession is a real thing, but my understanding is that they generally consider it to be a last resort after possible medical conditions have been eliminated as a cause. I was under the impression that before the Church would grant an exorcism, it must be demonstrated that the sufferer has seen medical professionals and that disease/illness has been ruled out.

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