Malachi Martin was a resigned Jesuit priest who had a lot of friends among Vatican “higher ups,” so a good deal of what he said is probably reliable.
Those “friends” may also have been masons - (numerous mention of these from “trads”, some 'apparitionists" and “conspiracy theorists”. What then? Still reliable?
Notes written 16 May 2000
Perhaps six or so months ago I had occasion to visit the web-site of “HOPE - The Hartford Office of Paranormal Exploration” at haunt.net/_vti_bin/shtml.exe/organization/board.html
Naturally, I took HTML copies of the web-pages for possible future reference - and as a defensive measure!
To prepare myself for this comment, I returned to that site today to find it essentially intact - only they had changed the name to “HOPE Hostis Orationem Per Expulsio.”
Their current blurb states:
[quote]"Hello and welcome to HOPE, inc, Hostis Orationem Per Expulsio (formerly the Hartford Office of Paranormal Exploration). We, the Board of Directors, would like to take this opportunity to acquaint you with who we are.
"Our organization is comprised of professionals from several disciplines. All of us have had extensive experience in dealing with individuals and families beset with paranormal phenomena, including demonic infestation, oppression, and possession. Since diagnosis and treatment are difficult, we utilize our collective expertise in the fields of medicine, nursing, psychiatry, public health, alternative medicine, and geriatrics. Theological consultants, some of whom are world-renowned, provide diagnostic input, spiritual support, and treatment.
“In our three years of operation, we have handled over 200 cases and have developed a specific expertise in demonic possession. We maintain a Microsoft Access Database which is continually updated and analyzed for trends. Our cases are either referred from other professional sources, self-referred, or come to us from the website or former clients. Geographically, we have worked with individuals and families from almost every state in the US. International cases have come from Canada, Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.”
Their previous blurb claimed 100 cases. Things are looking up in Hartford.
But, the good news is that the Board of Directors still include the following:
"Dr. Rama Coomaraswamy
“Dr. Coomaraswamy, a board certified Cardio vascular surgeon and psychiatrist, consults with H.O.P.E. on matters both theological and medical. A convert to Catholism in his early twenties, Dr. Rama exhibits a fervor and intensity towards his faith that is unparalleled. The author of numerous books on theology, including The Problems With The New Mass, and The Problems With the New Sacraments, Dr. Coomaraswamy has provided H.O.P.E. with well reasoned and theologically correct advice as we assist our clients with their spiritual problems. Dr. Rama also has on occasion provided H.O.P.E. with his expertise as a practicing Psychiatrist. Delineating between mental illness and demonic activity is difficult in the best of situations and Dr. Rama has proven invaluable with his professional diagnostic abilities. We feel honored to have Dr. Coomaraswamy, a man of deep spirituality and a highly regarded physician, assist us.”