I’m sure this will raise a few eyebrows, but this is a serious post.
I’m a Catholic convert, married to a Protestant. I believe my wife is demon possessed. I don’t say this lightly. There are strange things - even to the point of paranormal activity - going on in our home. I have already talked to 2 priest acquaintances about this. They both see the problems, and agree that they are very serious. One of the priests is very familiar with my wife, and is a close personal friend of our family. (I’ll call him Father X)
Father X does not believe in demon possession. He believes that Biblical references to demon possession were simply serious cases of mental illness. (I live in a very liberal diocese.) He has witnessed her behavior, and believes that she is not mentally competent, and should be committed to a mental hospital.
The other priest believes in demon possession, and believes that this is a possible diagnosis for my wife, considering the bizarre circumstances. Yet, he does not believe in exorcisms - he believes that the modern way of handling possession is through psychological therapy and medication. (He has a psychology background.)
My wife refuses to go to diagnosis or any treatment whatsoever, although she admits that there is something seriously wrong with her. She believes she can overcome her own problems through personal prayer, but this method just hasn’t worked at all.
Our marriage is a disaster. She is constantly enraged, and it is impossible to get along with her. We’ve been married over 20 years, and have 3 teenage children. Our family is self-destructing - especially recently with my conversion (in the last 4 years).
To be close to her is to be sucked into a state of chaos and reaction to her wild rages. Yet is it right to be “distant” and emotionally unattached to her - basically to avoid her at all costs (while still living in the same house)? This is the only way I have been able to avoid constant conflict with her, but it just doesn’t seem like the right thing to do.