[quote="atheistgirl, post:18, topic:261596"]
I was refering to people of faith as opposed to people of no faith - I didnt mention catholics at all.
Do you have a reference for peer reviewed literature, not an internet story, of genuine authenticated possesson of an atheist?
All three books I mentioned are published works.
The Rite is written by a journalist in close collaboration with multiple exorcists
An Exorcist Tells His Story is written by the Vatican's Chief Exorcist, Fr Gabriel Amorth
Hostage to the Devil was written by a scholar, Fr Malachi Martin, who is now defrocked, and I offer this as a counter source to those written by official exorcists.
These are not internet stories, they are works which are published by and in collaboration with experts in the field. You should have google searched this fact before making such a strange and baseless assertion.
Perhaps now in modern times. It wasnt always so.
You are correct, in the times before psychology a psychologist could not be consulted. However, there was still awareness that a person could be crazy without being possessed, and part of the rite has always included a discernment period for this reason.
Were there abuses and have exorcists sometimes shortchanged this process? Certainly. The exorcism of Emily Rose illustrates that an exorcist can be incorrect and hasty to discern a possession which isn't there, even today. That does not negate the fact that the rite has always included discernment of actual possession.
It seems youve misconstrued my sense of humor as condescention. Thank you for taking offence where none was intended.
Don't assume I take offense. I merely point out that you condescend to treat our beliefs as nothing more than hocus pocus ways of dealing with mental illness. It is obvious you haven't read anything in depth or authoritative on the subject in that regard, or you would know the things I am telling you already. That is the condescention I was largely referring to.