The purpose of the ministry of deliverance is to help individuals in need with healing and deliverance with prayers. Under church law, which called Canon Law, only those priests who get permission from their bishops can perform an exorcism after proper training. Solemn exorcisms, according to the Canon law of the church, can be exercised only by an ordained priest, with the express permission of the local bishop, and only after a careful medical examination to exclude the possibility of mental illness.
At Baptism, the rite of exorcism is performed in a very simple form. During the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process to become a Roman Catholic, the unbaptized candidates undergo a series of three rites each individually called “a scrutiny” where the candidates reflect on their lives and the priest performs a simple form of exorcism during these rites.
Often receiving the sacrament of penance is much more powerful than an exorcism. Prayer and the reception of the Eucharist at Mass are other effective, preventative measures to keep evil away and stay in a state of grace and communion with our God.
Individuals, within the Diocese of San Jose who are seeking help should first contact their local parish priest to help them discern their individual situation. Click here for your nearest parish.