What is a Ghost?

SpiritualDirection.com's Jordan Burke interviews Fr. Dennis McManus on some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ghosts. Questions covered in this session include: 1) What are ‘ghosts’? Are the ghosts we perceive demons or are they souls stuck in purgatory? 2) Can demons pretend to be a ghost? 3) How do you discern a ghost versus a demon? 4) Are they attached to places? 5) Can one develop an unhealthy fascination with such things?


It's Always Demons? (Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World) January 7th, 2022

"When unexplained phenomena arise, many Christians often leap to the explanation of demons being responsible or they warn that certain activities can open you up to demons. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the accuracy of these claims, how we can really find out when demons are involved, and what can go wrong when we incorrectly think it’s demons." - Apple Podcasts

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“The Exorcist” at 50: The True Story, October 27, 2021

2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the New York Times best-selling novel, The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty. The novel and subsequent movie sparked a cultural sensation that is still relevant five decades later. Join our panel, Julie Blatty, Alice LaCour, and Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, as they explore the true story that inspired it, discuss the legacy of the novel and film, and provide a unique glimpse into the world of angels and demons." - Catholic Information Center


Inside Exorcisms / Investigating Mothman & UFOs, October 28, 2021

While in his early years as a seminarian, he was lying in bed when he felt "an incredibly powerful spiritual force attacking me" that was lightning fast. He immediately reached over and grabbed his rosary beads, and the attack stopped. He noted that demons can move at the speed of thought, but they are often vanquished or repulsed by holy objects such as the Eucharist. - Coast to Coast


Inside Exorcisms / Exploring Time Travel, July 14, 2021

With his background as a psychologist, he was initially called in to evaluate cases to determine whether strange behaviors were due to mental illness rather than demonic possession. Genuine occurrences of possession, he explained, are marked by signs of preternatural abilities, like when the afflicted person has knowledge they couldn't possibly know, or exhibits superhuman strength. - Coast to Coast

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Causes or Cures: A Conversation with an American Exorcist, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

In this podcast, he will describe what it means to be possessed and how possessions manifest, how one discerns possession from an underlying mental or physiological issue, who Spiritual Sensitives are and why they are important, what happens during an exorcism and some of his scarier moments, how long exorcisms take and what he says to the doubters. - Causes or Cures