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OBSESSION DIABOLICAL

The exterior control by the devil of a person's actions, or of any other activity that affects human beings. The Church's ritual mentions as probable signs of obsession such things as speaking or understanding an unknown tongue or showing strength above one's natural capacity. As in the case of possession, the devil is not allowed to force a person's free will.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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