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Anneliese Michel: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Transcript of Anneliese Michel: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Without warning, her life would change..
Monday, July 01, 1976
Vol XCIII, No. 311
"In order to understand exorcisms one must know the origin of exorcisms"
1. An exorcism is a ritual performed by a catholic priest to expel a demonic entity from a person, place or thing. It is more of a process, not an act.
2. The term "exorcist" is someone who practices exorcisms; either sanctioned by the Catholic church or on their own. A priest, medical physician, and close family member/companion are the typical attendees during an exorcism.
3. The Catholic church does not publicize exorcisms nor do they want to glamorize exorcisms as the media does so. It is simply a healing, with the help of God, to those who are "sick".
4. This process is done to rid the body of an unwanted evil "spirit" that is attempting to "possess" the body of a human
Born Sept 21, 1952 in Leiblfing, Germany; Her parents were devout Catholics and she grew into a deeply religious person.
She was brought up along with three sisters by her parents, Josef and Anna. She was deeply religious and went to mass twice a week. When she was sixteen, she suffered a severe convulsion and was diagnosed with having temporal lobe epilepsy. In 1973, Michel graduated and joined the University of Würzburg. Her classmates later described her as "withdrawn and very religious"
1. What is an Exorcism?
2. Who performs an Exorcism?
3. What are the Catholic church's beliefs on Exorcisms?
4. Why, and how are they performed?
At the age of 17 (1969), Anneliese began suffering from unusual seizures happening during the night. She was later diagnosed as epileptic; was then sent to a psychiatric hospital in Mittleberg where she remained for about a year. She then suddenly began seeing demonic faces during her daily prayers.
After the third seizure in June 1970, during her stay at the psychiatric hospital, she was prescribed with an unknown anticonvulsant. The medicine did not cure her of seizures; she also continued to see what she described as “devil faces” at different moments throughout the day.
Around the same time, Anneliese became convinced that conventional medicine was of no help, as it did not make her better in the least. Growing increasingly adamant that her illness was of a spiritual kind, she asked the Church to perform exorcism on her. At that time, however, she was denied help of this kind.
Epilepsy may have been the cause of Anneliese Michel's demonic hallucinations.
(Sometimes the demons identified themselves -- as Cain, Nero, Judas, Lucifer, Hitler and others -- and even answered the exorcists' questions, explaining what was wrong with the church or why they were in Hell)
"Demonic Possession or Medical Malpractice?"
Even she knew her time was near..
Anneliese Michel died on July 1, 1976 of Malnourishment
After prosecutors investigated Anneliese's death, it was determined that her death could have been prevented a week before she died.
It wasn't the exorcism that killed Anneliese Michel.. she refused to eat.
She, her parents and the exorcists decided to rely completely on exorcism. By the time Michel died of starvation, she weighed only 68 pounds.
After her death, the trial also set reason against faith.
Four people were charged with negligent homicide; Pastor Ernst Alt, Father Arnold Renz and her parents.
Two years after her death, a German court found her parents and the two priests involved guilty of negligent manslaughter and sentenced them to six months in prison, suspended with three years' probation. (The trial began on March 30, 1978)
The priests were defended by church-paid lawyers. The parents' defense claimed that the exorcism was legal and that the German constitution protected citizens in the unrestricted exercise of their religious beliefs.
The defense played the tapes from different sessions, sometimes featuring the demons arguing, to prove that Anneliese was indeed possessed. Both priests presented deep conviction that she was possessed, and that she was finally freed by exorcisms just before she died.
The trial went to the heart of faith: If the Bible is true, then the miracles must have really happened, and Satan must be real.
The character in the movie playing the priest is actually a combination of two real life people; Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt. The movie shows one defendant facing charges in trial when in reality there were four.. The 2 church affiliates and both parents of Anneliese
Exorcisms are highly exaggerated in the media. Although some of the information may be valid, horror movies tend to take demonic possesion symptoms to the extreme in order to thrill and excite viewers.
Hollywood preys on our curiosity and fear of "possesion". We pay to be scared, we like the thrill!
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Exorcisms and The Media
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
"The Devil Inside"
"She enjoyed the life of a normal, religiously nurtured young girl"
Maira, Jeff, Danira