Hi Father, What is the Catholic Churches views on curses placed on people through demonic intervention and how to expel them? God bless
The triumph of Jesus on Calvary, culminating in the blood atonement of the Father’s beloved Son, is the overthrow of the power that satan and the demonic angels.
The demonic spirits, wicked sects, evil principalities and all the powers of darkness, are definitively overthrown, vanquished, and deprived of power of souls.
The Precious Blood of Jesus is a ransom which the eternal Father has accepted to release sinners from any debt to the powers of hell., and as a ransom of infinite merit, it cannot ever be lessened or ever made ineffectual.
Now, the Christian can confidently say the prayer of Psalm 68:1: “God arises; His enemies are scattered and those who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish at the presence of God.”
All that is required for sinners to be placed under the protection and the power of that Blood is to accept with faith that Jesus has saved you with His sacrifice of Calvary. With that act of faith, a sinner must also submit to the dominion of Jesus over our souls, as souls which have been purchased away from the devil’s bondage.
Before undergoing His Passion, Jesus said clearly: “Now is the judgment of the world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12:31). These words pronounce that the devil has accused us for long enough. The devil has torn us away from God’s love and taken away our hope long enough. In the Passion, Jesus judges the devil devoid of love and life, and therefore, as unfit to rule over our souls.
So by the slaying of His life, and the handing over of His spirit to the Father, Jesus pronounces that the devil is “cast out” from his seat of ruling over us in this world.
It is true that the devil and the demonic spirits will still be in the world. They will still tempt us. They will continue to torture us with dark thoughts, and to sow seeds of hatred and evil. But we do not have to endure those afflictions with any fear whatsoever, because of the judgment that Jesus has pronounced over the prince of darkness and his fallen spirits.
Thus, if a sinner wants to have power over the demons, and wishes them to be cast out, that sinner will now be able to do that by merely invoking the Name of Jesus, the only Name by which people are saved.
“And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open show, triumphing over them in himself” (Colossians 2:15).
With all things things in mind, the faithful Christian must realize with confidence that curses of the devil or of the demons are impotent, and mean nothing to us. Spells, enchantments, invocations, and appeal to the powers of hell, whether by witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, amulets, potions, or any prayer of any kind, are merely haughty pomp and vainglory.
No one can compel the true God, to turn turn His back on a Christian and leave us as orphans. The Christian who confesses regularly, attends Mass and humbly receives the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, devoutly invokes the assistance of the holy Virgin (especially through her rosary), the angels, and saints, is already within a spiritual citadel of God’s love and protection.
There is no need for special acts to release us from an evil curse, which has already been robbed of power by Jesus’ ransom. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel
He famously defended fairy stories against those who said they told children that there were monsters; children already knew that there are monsters, he said, and fairy stories teach them that monsters can be killed.