Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Demonic influence in Colorado theater shootings?

Catholic World News - July 25, 2012

In a sober, informative analysis, Father Dwight Longenecker addresses the possibility that demonic influence may have been involved in the mass murder in a Aurora, Colorado movie theater.

Recognizing some indications that the alleged shooter, James Holmes, was influenced by some evil power, Father Longenecker reviews the levels of possible demonic involvement: influence, obsession, and finally infestation or possession. It is possible to ask whether any of these apply to the Aurora case, but difficult to answer the questions. Father Longenecker reasons:

Better to ask, "Was James Holmes taken over by Evil?"

Yes. Something happened to the mild mannered science geek. He turned into a monster. Something twisted in his mind and heart, and Evil made an entry.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,417 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,582.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 26, 2012 6:11 PM ET USA

    Our Church is so reticent to admit any demonic influence at all it is indeed a temptation to think that perhaps our Magesterium no longer believes in these beings. But the truth is that Saints throughout the history of our Church not only believed such but took it quite seriously. There are demons all about us, seeking opportunities to seduce us into sin. Were demons involved in Colorado? Of course... Was that poor man fully possessed, as was the man with "Legion?;" Not likely.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17