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Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos: On Psychiatric Illnesses and Demonic Possession

Elder Epiphanios was asked: “Many Christians maintain that psychiatric illnesses are due to demonic influence and, with this viewpoint, they reject the use of psychiatric medicines. What do you have to say about this position?” “A certain percentage and, furthermore, a small percentage of ‘psychiatric patients’ are really possessed. The majority, however, of psychiatric patients are not possessed nor are ... Read More »

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos: On Psychiatric Medications

Elder Epiphanios was asked: “Are Christians allowed to take psychiatric medicines? Because many maintain that anxiety, depression, melancholy and, in general, psychiatric disorders of the soul are healed only with spiritual life: that is, with prayer, going to church, confession, Holy Communion, etc.” “When necessary, the Christian must also take them.” “But what can these medications do to the soul ... Read More »

St Porphyrios – How Our Past Affects Us

Man is not solely responsible for his transgressions.  The mistakes, sins and passions are not only personal experiences of the person who comes to confession. Every person has incorporated into himself the experiences of his parents and especially of his mother, that is, how his mother lived when she was carrying him in her womb—if she was anxious, if her ... Read More »

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos: On Psychoanalysis

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos was asked: “Elder, it is known that a percentage of psychiatrists considers continence during a young age as a cause of psychiatric illnesses. What can we answer them?” He answered: “This viewpoint of theirs is mistaken and the explanation for this is very simple. All those who visit the psychiatrist are ill. No one who is healthy ... Read More »

BOOK REVIEW – GOD’S POWER WITHIN YOU

FACTS IN BRIEF Title: God’s Power within You: Attitudes for Living Author: Dr. Peter M. Kalellis, PhD. Publisher: Paulist Press (New York/Mahwah NJ: 2010) ISBN Number: 9780809146550 Pages: 100 REVIEW The Roman Catholic publishing house “Paulist Press”, has usually been quite adept at selecting and publishing good quality works of theology, Christian spirituality and pastoral ministry. This particular work under ... Read More »