I'm afraid we wouldn't
be able to provide assurance regarding authenticity of alleged phenomena like
you describe. We are just laypersons and these types of matters must be
investigated by the Church. It does strike me as rather odd that such a video
would be released to the public (presumably) with permission of a priest who
performs exorcisms. This fact alone would lead me to suspect it was not genuine.
Good priests who perform exorcisms would typically *not* be prone to
sensationalism, IMHO. Other concerns include...
* Apparently the "apparition" in the video has no mention of Church approval or
I'm guessing you wouldn't have written to us. Doesn't it seem rather unusual for
someone involved in an exorcism to propagate an alleged "apparition" from an
exorcism without approval from the Church?
* I'm not certain that videotaping is very common in exorcisms. I have read
several books on them and this does not seem to be typical. I can't guarantee
it's not, but only that I have not heard that it is common.
* The devil is a liar and could easily impersonate holy persons. Just imagine
how much our prideful mortal enemy would like for persons to venerate him as if
he was a holy person!
* Videos are easily doctored nowadays and it can be difficult for amateurs to
tell if this has occurred or not.
I would also question
why it was released, if the person involved gave their permission for its
release, why the exorcism was recorded in the first place, who recorded it, who
specifically is propagating the video, who the exorcist is, whether or not the
exorcist typically allows exorcisms to be recorded, etc. Personally, I would not
consider it authentic without unqualified approval from proper authorities in
the Church (and even then there is no guarantee of authenticity). For more
information on apparitions, please try
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