Liber Christo Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the difference between deliverance, exorcism, and liberation ministry?
Rather than thinking of “deliverance” and “exorcism” as two entirely separate ministries, LIber Christo sees spiritual affliction as existing on a spectrum, with ordinary temptation on one end, full possession on the other end, and demonic oppression and obsession in between. The term “liberation ministry” encompasses this full spectrum.
How is Liber Christo a “medical model” of liberation ministry?
In a medical model (as in Liber Christo), there is a general practitioner or primary care doctor (the parish priest), all kinds of clinic staff like front desk receptionists, medical assistants, nurses (lay intake coordinators, protocol administrators, mentors), and specialists like surgeons (exorcists). Just like a surgeon has a whole team with him in the OR, an exorcist has a team. And just like people routinely use and benefit from allied health or alternative health providers like physical therapists, nutritionists, naturopaths, chiropractors, etc., which in many cases makes seeing the doctor unnecessary, someone in need of spiritual healing might find relief from a lay prayer ministry, totally separate from a priest or exorcist. The Freedom Through Christ program can be thought of as analogous to physical therapy that might be prescribed before or after surgery, or even used totally separate from a physician. Sometimes physical therapy takes care of the problem, making surgery or even a visit to the primary care doctor unnecessary; sometimes it is just one step in a larger process.
In current medical practice there is great emphasis on “evidence based medicine,” and insurance companies go as far as denying coverage for treatment that is not clearly evidence-based and determined to be effective. The Liber Christo Four Phase Protocol is evidence based in the same way. It is constantly being adjusted in various ways to determine what is most efficacious in addressing all levels of spiritual affliction. The large volume of cases seen by the Societas Matris Dolorossisimae, as well as by multiple exorcists and lay prayer teams across the country who use the protocol, makes it possible to determine quickly what works and what doesn’t. Liber Christo seeks to promote “best practices” in this ministry, for the maximum amount of grace and protection for all involved, along with the minimum amount of retaliation and difficulty.
Who should attend the summer conference? Isn’t it just for exorcists and their teams?
Anyone associated with the ministry of liberation who is open to learning about the Liber Christo protocol and method would be very welcome to attend the summer conference. Because the Liber Christo method encompasses healing the full spectrum of spiritual afflictions, the conference is not just for exorcists and their teams.
What’s the difference between the afternoon Laity and Experienced Laity tracks at the summer conference?
“Experienced” refers to experience specifically with the Liber Christo method. The Laity track will provide detailed explanation of foundational concepts on which the method is based; the Experienced Laity track will not. If you are unsure which track to attend, please contact the Liber Christo team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Charismatics welcome at the conference? I heard that Fr. Ripperger said he doesn’t have “a Charismatic bone in his body.”
Yes, Charismatics are welcome. Yes, Father Ripperger said that. Accordingly, the summer conference will emphasize traditional forms of prayer and worship, with Mass celebrated daily in both the Extraordinary and Ordinary form, in addition to daily Lauds and Eucharistic Adoration with simple Benediction. Music at Mass will include Gregorian Chant in Latin rather than modern praise and worship songs. It will be beautiful, and if you pay attention to the words you will hear the Holy Spirit invoked constantly.
Catholic charismatic spirituality will be strengthened and purified with a positive systematic approach to working with the demonically afflicted. Liber Christo practices will provide a method to determine if a petitioner is experiencing extraordinary diabolical activity. Often there are psychological issues, ordinary diabolical activity, and/or the effects of a failure to fully incorporate elements of the Catholic faith, which can be misinterpreted as extraordinary diabolical activity. Liber Christo practices will provide means to protect yourself and team from diabolical influence. Liber Christo methods will help everyone involved to better understand and live their faith, which reduces recidivism in the petitioner and retaliation in the practitioner. These methods depend on a functional and healthy mystical body of Christ, and rely heavily on active and ordered participation of the laity.
I ordered the Freedom Through Christ book, but says it’s a Companion Guide. Companion to what? Is there another book?
Currently the only book we have available is the Companion Guide for the Freedom Through Christ program. The Companion Guide can be read on its own, but is intended to be a Companion to the 9 week Parish Program, which includes weekly meetings and DVD presentations (available separately for purchase). More books and other materials are in development – check back soon!
When will a Freedom Through Christ seminar happen in my area?
Good question! We would love it to be as soon as possible, and maybe you can help. At least one local couple is needed to lead the Freedom Through Christ 9-week program in a parish. Training seminars will be held periodically as opportunities arise; check back regularly for more information on upcoming trainings and other events, or contact us at email@example.com.
I am interested in attending the summer conference but am not formally on a prayer team with or under a priest at this time How can I get a letter from the bishop to attend?
If there is no established liberation ministry in your diocese, you may need to contact your Bishop’s office directly to request a letter in support of your attendance at the conference. If you encounter some particular obstacle in doing this, you are welcome to contact a member of the Liber Christo team for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).