An Italian man has been granted a divorce after the court agreed his wife was possessed
The woman had exhibited “inexplicable behaviour” since 2007, including fits, stiffening, and other “unusual phenomena”, a Milan court heard.
Her husband attributed the episodes to “demonic possession”.
The woman is not conscious of her actions, but in the grip of an external power
Court in Milan
The court ruled that “the woman is not conscious of her actions, but in the grip of an external power”.
Witnesses reportedly said they even saw the devout Catholic woman levitate before crashing to the ground and throw a church pew at an altar, according to Il Corriere della Sera.
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A priest, the man’s sister and a monk were among those who testified about the “possession”.
The woman has been examined by doctors and psychiatrists, who found that she was not suffering from any illness. She is also said to have undergone several exorcisms over the years.
The couple, who have two children, were granted a “no fault” divorce by the court, which ruled that the woman was not consciously acting when under the “possession.”
Within the Catholic Church, the concept of possession by demons is an accepted belief.
Exorcism has been a difficult subject for the Catholic church to decide upon
But outside the Catholic Church, many dispute the entire basis of demonic possession and exorcism.
Sceptics argue that so-called possession by evil spirits is simply a medieval superstition or myth. Those who claim to be possessed by evil spirits are people suffering from easily explicable psychological or psychiatric problems, some claim.
A series of people testified about the fact the woman was possessed
Father Vincenzo Taraborelli rejects the scepticism and previously said: “Someone who is not a believer does not believe in the devil either.
“Someone who believes knows that the devil exists, you can read it in the gospel. Then you only need to see how the world is nowadays. It has never been this bad.”