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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.

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  • 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.

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