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Healing After Abuse

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I am in a support group that is for victim survivors of abuse by clergy and religious. My experience has led me to see demonic roots to this type of abuse. It is imperative that the victim get counseling. Should they not also get some form of deliverance-healing? I feel the ties to the demonic need to be broken.

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Yes, I agree. While not excusing the sins of men, I would also see the devil’s hand in all this. The victims need healing of the mind and soul. While they can never be returned to ministry, abusers also need treatment and deliverance from the demonic. The abuser also needs punishment.  Justice must be satisfied.  Those who would excuse or rationalize away such crimes are similarly in need of liberation from the darkness that can only be dispelled by the LIGHT of Christ. It has been said that if the devil truly wanted to hurt the Church, he would target the priests. It is vital that priests should be holy men who live out the truth, make possible the forgiveness of sins and bring the nurturing and healing graces of the Eucharist to God’s people.

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