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).
What is the prayer that a priest must say for decommissioning tattoos?
Tattoos…piercing…scarring…body alteration…cosmetic surgeries…
In a strict sense, our bodies are the visible manifestation of our invisible soul inasmuch as we are created in the image and likeness of God, and He creates both allowing us the free will to conform the gifts of eternal soul and temporal flesh to His divine will. We are “fruit of the earth and work of human hands”; our flesh and what we do with it, is either at the service of the soul or a prison in which the soul is held hostage.
In a biblical sense our bodies are the mode and method of our demonstration of our fidelity to God. We make manifest our desires through our flesh and our actions/inactions which shape our flesh.
Any of the practices above, which have no curative or medicinal purpose are an alteration of the body, as God gave it. We are saying that we, rather than God, determine the appearance of our body through un-natural means and procedures.
Addressing tattoos and ritualistic scarring, specifically: determine if the tattoo/scar is an intended symbol of covenant relationship or group affiliation. Does the tattoo/scar represent a deity, god, idol, cult, or religious affiliation? If so, the affiliate relationship must be renounced and all association severed. Formal renunciation of the affiliation repeated 7 times and destruction of all items and articles associated with the affiliation and its members.
Use the language of their initiation in the renunciation.
There is a strong possibility that the ink, images, patterns, and the elements of the tattoo/scar are cursed to make the tattoo/scar addictive and/or commemorate a sinful act(s). The sinful acts must be renounced as well as the practice of tattooing/scarring.
Once the tattooed or marked individual is properly instructed, repentant, confessed, and reconciled to the Lord, through the church, proceed with the following:
The priest and penitent should read through the procedure to both familiarize themselves with it and the sacramentals that will be needed.
1) Read Gen 17:11-14, Lev 19:28, and 1 Cor 6:19-20:
Gen 17:11-14: “Circumcise the flesh of your foreskin. That will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. Throughout the ages, every male among you, when he is eight days old, shall be circumcised, including house born slaves and those acquired with money from any foreigner who is not of your descendants. Yes, both the house born slaves and those acquired with money must be circumcised. Thus, my covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant. If a male is uncircumcised, that is, if the flesh of his foreskin has not been cut away, such a one will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
Lev 19:28: “Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves. I am the LORD.”
1 Cor 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”
2) Have the marked person renounce the tattoo/scar, and all it represents, seven times.
3) While the priest traces a boundary around the tattoo/scar with exorcised holy water, he, the priest, says, “I, a priest of the most high God, He who created this flesh, do hereby reclaim this flesh in the name of Him who created it.”
4) Say the prayers and read the scriptures for the dedication of a church in the Roman Missal: collect, preface, blessing
Ezek 47:1-7: “Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and there I saw water flowing out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east. The water flowed out toward the right side of the temple to the south of the altar. He brought me by way of the north gate and around the outside to the outer gate facing east; there I saw water trickling from the southern side. When he continued eastward with a measuring cord in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and had me wade through the water; it was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and once more had me wade through the water; it was up to the knees. He measured another thousand cubits and had me wade through the water; it was up to my waist. Once more he measured off a thousand cubits. Now it was a river I could not wade across. The water had risen so high, I would have to swim—a river that was impassable. Then he asked me, “Do you see this, son of man?” He brought me to the bank of the river and had me sit down. As I was returning, I saw along the bank of the river a great many trees on each side.”
John 2:13-25: “Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the moneychangers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of scripture, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the scripture and the word Jesus had spoken. While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.”
5) With exorcised and blessed oil, trace each line of the tattoo/scar, then “color in” where there is ink. Use a Q-tip as it requires less oil and is easier to trace. After completion, use paper towels pressed up against the skin to remove excess oil. Priest intones the sentiments of re-dedication, re-consecration, and re-creation of not only the flesh but the whole man to the service and glory of God.
6) Tattooed/scarred person reads the Athanasian creed…if no difficulty once…. if difficulty, then read three times in a declarative manner:
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith, which except everyone shall have kept whole and undefiled, without doubt he will perish eternally.
Now the Catholic Faith is this: We worship One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is One, the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit; the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son infinite, and the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet not three eternals but one eternal, as also not three infinites, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one infinite. So, likewise, the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, and the Holy Spirit is almighty; and yet not three almighties but one almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and yet not three Gods but one God. The Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord; and yet not three Lords but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by Christian truth to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be both God and Lord; so are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say, there be three Gods or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made nor created but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son, not made nor created nor begotten but proceeding. So there is one Father not three Fathers, one Son not three Sons, and Holy Spirit not three Holy Spirits. And in this Trinity there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less, but the whole three Persons are coeternal together and coequal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Trinity is to be worshipped. He therefore who wills to be in a state of salvation, let him think thus of the Trinity.
But it is necessary to eternal salvation that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The right faith therefore is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.
He is God of the substance of the Father begotten before the worlds, and He is man of the substance of His mother born in the world; perfect God, perfect man subsisting of a reasoning soul and human flesh; equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood.
Who although He be God and Man yet He is not two but one Christ; one however not by conversion of the Godhead in the flesh, but by taking of the Manhood in God; one altogether not by confusion of substance but by unity of Person. For as the reasoning soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ.
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life eternal, and they who indeed have done evil into eternal fire.
This is the Catholic faith, which except a man shall have believed faithfully and firmly he cannot be in a state of salvation.
7) Priest says prayers of thanksgiving, three times:
(3 times:) Almighty and merciful God, who conferred on your priests above all others this great grace, that whatever they do worthily and exactly in your name, is regarded as being done by you; we pray that in your kindness you may be present wherever we are present and may bless
whatever we bless. And at our lowly coming, through the merits of your saints, may demons flee and the angel of peace be at hand; through Christ our Lord.
(1 time:) Behold God’s dwelling with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people, and God himself with them will be their God, alleluia.
EXORCISM BLESSING FOR SACRAMENTALS
Prayers for Priests to bless sacramentals (Taken from old Roman Ritual prayer books, unless otherwise noted)
EXORCISM BLESSING FOR WATER AND SALT
(Priest vests in surplice and purple stole)
P: Our help is in the Name of the Lord. R: Who made heaven and earth.
EXORCISM OF SALT (necessary for Exorcism of Water)
P: O salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living (+) God, by the true (+) God, by the holy (+) God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; adjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.
P: Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore You, in Your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which You created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord.
EXORCISM OF WATER
P: O water, creature of God, I exorcise you in the Name of God the Father (+) Almighty, and in the Name of Jesus (+) Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy (+) Spirit. I exorcise you so that you may put to flight all the power of the enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that enemy with his apostate angels, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. R: Amen.
P: Let us pray. O God, for the salvation of mankind, You built Your greatest mysteries on this substance, water. In Your kindness, hear our prayers and pour down the power of Your blessing (+) into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, your creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of Your mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that everything in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water, may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection and no disease-bearing air remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health obtained by calling upon Your Holy Name, may be made secure against all attack. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.
(Priest pours exorcised salt into the water, in the form of a cross.)
P: May a mixture of salt and water now be made, in the Name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R: Amen.
P: The Lord be with you. R: And with your spirit.
P: Let us pray. O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever glorious, You hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in Your power You beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to You, O Lord, and we ask You to look with favor on this salt and water which You created. Shine on it with the light of Your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of Your love, so that, through the invocation of Your Holy Name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore Your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.
EXORCISM BLESSING FOR OIL (Use regular, 100% pure olive oil)
(Priest vests in surplice and purple stole)
P: Our help is in the Name of the Lord. R: Who made heaven and earth.
P: O oil, creature of God, I exorcise you by God the Father (+) almighty, who made heaven and earth and sea, and all that they contain. Let the adversary’s power, the devil’s legions, and all of Satan’s attacks and machinations be dispelled and driven far from this creature, oil. Let it bring health in body and mind to all who use it, in the name of God (+) the Father almighty, and of our Lord Jesus (+) Christ, His Son, and of the Holy (+) Spirit, as well as in the love of the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire. R: Amen.
P: O Lord hear my prayer. R: And let my cry come unto thee.
P: May the Lord be with you. R: And with your spirit.
P: Let us pray. Lord God almighty, before whom the hosts of angels stand in awe, and whose heavenly service we acknowledge; may it please You to regard favorably and to bless (+) and hallow (+) this creature, oil, which by Your power has been pressed from the juice of olives. You have ordained it for anointing the sick, so that, when they are made well, they may give thanks to You, the living and true God. Grant, we pray, that those who will use this oil, which we are blessing (+) in Your Name, may be protected from every attack of the unclean spirit, and be delivered from all suffering, all infirmity, and all wiles of the enemy. Let it be a means of averting any kind of adversity from man, redeemed by the Precious Blood of Your Son, so that he may never again suffer the sting of the ancient serpent. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen. (Priest sprinkles the oil with holy water.)