Skeptic News: James Holmes possessed says Priest

A Catholic priest has suggested that James Holmes was possessed by the devil when he allegedly opened fire on a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, killing 12 and injuring 58.

The Rev. Dwight Longenecker of Greeenville, S.C., wrote in his guest column on faith website Patheos.com:

“Was he demon possessed? Maybe. It happens,”

Longenecker goes on to say that a demonic infestation of the human body is a “strange and terrible psycho-spiritual affliction” in which a “malevolent, separate intelligence infests the mind and spirit of a person.” He further explains three levels of demonic possession, which include the temptation to do something radically vile, obsession to commit evil acts, and ultimately infestation, when the malevolent demon spirit enter the body.

“The individual is ‘taken over’ by the demonic spirit and paranormal phenomena are exhibited, when the signs of preternatural strength are seen, horrible alien voices come from the person, vile blasphemies are heard and perverted and violent actions are witnessed, one can be fairly sure that a demonic infestation is happening,”

Longenecker concludes his blog by writing:

“many of these symptoms may also be signs of a deep mental or spiritual illness which is not demonic in origin.”

Others, including former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said that America has become more secular and therefore Holmes did not understand the magnitude of the sin he was committing.

Evangelical leader Jerry Newcombe suggested that the attack occurred because Americans have lost a strong grasp on the realities of hell.

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