Anneliese Michele was a devout Catholic girl, was she to extreme in her religion? She felt she had to suffer for the sins of priests and others by sleeping on a bare floor in the winter. She was trying to make up for the sins of her mother (a child out of wedlock) and for her sister dying at a young age. Why would a demon attack someone so devoted to God? We always hear about demons attacking those who invite them or those who are into drugs, alcohol, and those filled with negative thoughts.
When we look at what Anneliese Michele went through we see a long, compounding series of mistakes.
First, by doctors for not catching the multiple personality disorder, and later by the Church, her parents and the priest.
We see no one caught the similarities between her situation and the movie The Exorcist which she had seen.
When Anneliese was 23 years old in 1975, she went on a pilgrimage. It was on this pilgrimage that an accompanying older woman concluded that Anneliese was suffering from demonic possession because she was unable to drink holy water or walk past a certain statue of Jesus. A year prior Anneliese had seen the movie the Exorcist, was her mind mimicking this? (afraid of the crucifix, afraid of Holy water, later during the exorcisms she was said to mimic the sounds from the movie as well.) This is important because this is the first time she was thought to be possessed. Did the dramatized movie plant this so called demon in her subconscious?
Anneliese was diagnosed as suffering from grand mal epilepsy, a condition of the brain that can cause severe seizures. She also had neurological and psychological disorders that resulted in hallucinations. Modern doctors say that with the advancement in medicine if properly treated today could have lived a somewhat normal life.
The Church had also accepted the diagnoses and denied exorcisms for years. The Church never found anything that showed she had signs of a demon. There was no levitation, no documented telekinesis no super human strength, nothing that could be looked at as a demonic possession. . Her parents were extremely religious and decided to go against the doctors and seek an exorcism. The church gave in to religious parents who demanded an exorcism. Only after a Priest misdiagnosed her.
Anneliese was subject to 67 exorcisms which failed and on July 30, 1976, Anneliese died of starvation. She was denied the care she deserved, when she quit eating and her physical appearance showed that, a doctor should of come in and helped her. This is probably the biggest reason the parents and priest were looked at as guilty. They allowed her to suffer and eventually die.
Anneliese thought she had visions sent to her from God and the visions said that the church has corruption and many disloyal priests, this included the pope, after Anneliese died the church declared her mentally ill.
Now lets look back, the Church declared her mentally ill, both before and after her death. So why with none of the required evidence to prove she was possessed, a priest allowed to perform 67 exorcisms which with his negligence eventually led to her death. The Catholic Church has a strict policy of having the person investigated and checked out for neurological problems. Anneliese never met the required guidelines for an exorcism. She and her parents were devout Catholics, according to all I have read a demon wouldn’t be able to bother her.
The exorcisms failed because there was nothing to exorcise. Anneliese Michel was not possessed; she required extensive medical attention. Had her parents sought proper ( I did say proper) medical care for their daughter instead of seeking refuge in superstition, Anneliese might be alive today.
Lets look at Demonic possession, does it even exist at all? We hear about cases of it but have you ever seen any solid evidence? Exorcists claim super human strength a sign, well sorry its adrenaline pump. We hear talking in a strange language, sorry again but sounds like Tourette Syndrome. We hear about victims taking the shape of a demon, with red eyes and scales, are these tales from the movies? The real demons people face are in their minds, something created by life, child abuse, drugs, alcohol, untreated temporary neurological issues and other explainable causes.
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