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April 21, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The teen-age girl was understandably concerned. She had just listened to Father James LeBar give an hourlong talk on satanism and exorcism Saturday. Afterward, the youth approached the Catholic priest in a crowded hallway at the Diocese of Orange's Marywood Center. In bed at night she could feel a lingering evil, she told the priest. The girl said she could hear demonic growling in her ears. LeBar, a nationally recognized expert on satanism and cults, was hardly surprised by the revelation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The teen-age girl was understandably concerned. She had just listened to Father James LeBar give an hourlong talk on satanism and exorcism Saturday. Afterward, the youth approached the Catholic priest in a crowded hallway at the Diocese of Orange's Marywood Center. In bed at night she could feel a lingering evil, she told the priest. The girl said she could hear demonic growling in her ears. LeBar, a nationally recognized expert on satanism and cults, was hardly surprised by the revelation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1991
Re "Satanism Still Strong, Controversial Priest Tells Diocese Crowd," (April 21): It saddens me to read about people such as Father James LeBar. This Middle Ages mind-set that espouses incontrovertible belief in the factual aspect of mythological phenomena lends itself only to stultification. Truth, if we are ever to come upon it, is waiting down some road we have yet to travel. To believe that the characters who inhabited the prayers and poetry of our convoluted past are supernatural beings that actually exist is to perpetrate philosophical cowardice.
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April 13, 1991 | From Religious News Service
Religious leaders and other observers were divided on whether the depiction of an exorcism ritual on ABC-TV's "20/20" program last week did more harm than good, with defenders saying that it demonstrated the reality of Satan in the world today and critics saying that it could create anxieties in some viewers and divert attention from large-scale problems.
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January 27, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Roman Catholic Church, emphasizing its continued belief in the literal existence of the devil, has added some new twists to its age-old fight with Satan. For the first time in 385 years, the Vatican on Tuesday issued new guidelines for performing exorcisms--a religious rite for driving evil out of the demon-possessed. "The existence of the devil isn't an opinion, something to take or leave as you wish," Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez said in Vatican City. "Anyone who says he doesn't exist wouldn't have the fullness of the Catholic faith.
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June 25, 1991 | ROY RIVENBURG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They say it's a battleground where couches levitate, airplanes vanish and women become infertile. It's a war between good and evil--between an alleged army of demons and a scattered assortment of exorcists. Caught in the middle are growing numbers of Americans. The devil, it seems, has stepped out of the movies and into the living room. Demons are blamed for everything from headaches to shyness. And more people are calling upon exorcists, the Red Adairs of the supernatural world, to fight back.
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October 31, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Days before Halloween, the demons already were loose in this southern town of tall pines and steepled churches. Bob Larson, an evangelical minister who has honed the art of exorcism into astonishing public performance, was facing down the demon of witchcraft in Karen Ward, a 42-year-old medical administrator. Or so the guttural voice that emanated from the woman identified itself.
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