TAGUIG CITY, June 20, 2015—Producers and writers of GMA 7’s television series “Pari Koy” should be careful not to mislead viewers about Catholic Church’s teachings, especially on exorcism.
This is what Fr. Daniel Estacio, one of the six exorcists in the Archdiocese of Manila, stressed, noting a recent “Pari Koy” episode wherein lead actor Dingdong Dantes (Fr. Kokoy) performed an exorcism, while telling with the evil spirit: “Maawa ka na sa kanya… Ibalik mo na siya sa kanyang ina. (Have pity on him…Return him to his mother.)”
In a lecture before 435 lay ministers of the Diocese of Pasig last Friday, Estacio said it is “misleading” to portray evil spirits as “merciful.”
“The episode sends a wrong message that we can plead with the demon, as if it has mercy and compassion. This is very misleading,” he said.
“When a priest-exorcist performs an exorcism and expelling demons, he is not and should not make a plea or request the demon to leave but rather command the demon or evil spirit with authority using the name of Jesus,” Estacio pointed out.
The priest warned that this inaccuracy may lead many to believe that man can have a harmonious co-existence with the devil.
Rise of Satanism
“This is why, many nowadays especially the youth are engaging [in] Satanism and having pact with the devil, believing that we can relate with the devil,” he warned.
Estacio urged “Pari Koy” producers and writers to “ask the help of a priest as their consultant or adviser so that they would be properly guided, especially on Church teachings.”
According to GMA Network, “Pari Koy” is a religious drama series that portray the story of Father Kokoy from his journey to the priesthood until he was assigned to the parish of Barangay Pinagpala.
Estacio, the lone exorcist in the Diocese of Pasig, gave a lecture on “Exorcism and the Spiritual Warfare” before lay ministers of the diocese at the Sto. Niño Parish last Friday night.
Given the scarcity of priest-exorcists in the country, Estacio advocates for the laity’s awareness about the defensive and offensive strategies in waging spiritual warfare. (CBCP News)