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scholarly source on the Late Byzantine Tradition included.
There are many books about exorcism and demonology that go to one extreme or another. These resources are some of the better ones we have found. As always, read with discretion.
 
* Richard P H Greenfield. ''Traditions of Belief in Late Byzantine Demonology''. Published by [http://www.tte.nl/hakkert/ Adolf M. Hakkert], Amsterdam, 1988. (369 pp.)
: ISBN 9025609627
: ISBN 9789025609627
: Comprehensive scholarly study; Greek text in several places; includes list of sources of the standard Orthodox tradition. Compares the standard Orthodox tradition to alternative traditions.
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0898707102 An Exorcist Tells His Story] by Fr. Gabriele Amorth (Roman Catholic) - Fr. Amorth is an official exorcist of the diocese of Rome. His commentary and experience is certainly worth engaging. ISBN 0898707102
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0814660371 Rites of the Catholic Church, vol. 2] - Contains the new rite of exorcism (? - can somebody verify this--To my knowledge, this book does '''not''' contain the rite of exorcism. I know that the Vatican recently came out with a "Vatican II" version of the rite (under JP II) which reportedly failed when JP II tried to use it. ISBN 0814660371
:The ''[http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc/index.htm Catechism of the Catholic Church]'' (s. [http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c4a1.htm 1673]) has this to say about exorcism:
: When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism. Jesus performed exorcisms and from him the Church has received the power and office of exorcizing. [Cf. Mk 1:25-26; 3:15; 6:7, 13; 16:17.] In a simple form, exorcism is performed at the celebration of Baptism. The solemn exorcism, called "a major exorcism," can be performed only by a priest and with the permission of the bishop. The priest must proceed with prudence, strictly observing the rules established by the Church. Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness, is a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science. Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.
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