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Further Reading: sources
*The ''[ Catechism of the Catholic Church]'' (s. [ 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authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism.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.
* Michael O'Donnell. ''"[ Demonical Possession]."'' '''The Catholic Encyclopedia''' (New Advent). Vol. 12. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911.
===Protestant & Other===
* Prof. Charles Stewart. ''Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture''. Princeton University Press (Modern Greek Studies), NJ, 1991.
: (See chapters on Exorcism and Baptism).
* Sarah Ferber. ''[ Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Early Modern France].'' Routledge, 2004.
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