In our field of cultism we have clear evidence of what we call magical mystification. That is the use of meditation, or prayer to relieve people of their money. A place like the House of Prayer makes use of an authority figure like Fr Gerard McGinnity gives a loyal Catholic the feeling that if he asks you to support something it is God calling you to do so. The issue is not the intelligence of the subject but the vulnerability factor which relieves them of their discernment and their cash. Even when a family member logically explains what is happening, the more rationality is produced the more the person goes deeper into the process of undue influence. So if a family member attacks this abuse, it actually reinforces the very thing one is trying to change. So a family member shows that Christina has a massive house in Malahide and then another in City West. The more you point out the contradiction the more the person believes you are evil and that you are lying.
The Catholic Church takes the view if a person who claims to have visions is living a life of luxury and refuses to accept the discipline of her bishop then that is proof positive that the visions are fake. There is not even a requirement to study them for their orthodoxy or genuineness
For more on this look at his section on our blog.
The links can be made (as you’ve made) that its not just about the elderly but the concept of vulnerability as some elderly are more vulnerable than others (depending on many factors) and some middle-aged and younger people are very vulnerable due to family / relationships collapsing, emotional / sexual / physical abuse, financial distress, drugs (alcohol also), etc. Along with vulnerability is the linked concept of “undue influence”. People are more influenced and consequently more vulnerable to those holding authority or positions of trust with them who can exploit existing vulnerability and increase vulnerability in an increasing cycle.
Age Action Ireland on 15/06/2015, posted on it’s website, that almost 50% of bank officials have dealt with suspected elder abuse according to figures published Age Action and Ulster Bank to mark World Elder Abuse Day.
There were more than 13,000 cases of elder abuse referred to the HSE up to the end of 2013. Financial abuse is the second most common form of abuse, accounting for more than one in five cases.
Elders are occasionally exploited by family members , trusted caregivers (clergy, medical and other professionals). In one category in particular, religious leaders and powerful personalities may use a person’s faith to invite them to gift unreasonable amounts of money and perhaps purchase unnecessary religious paraphernalia. Unfortunately, these donors does not see themselves as victims, but benefactors and for this reason it is difficult to formulate a complaint.
Just as in the areas we have read about above people can be abused under the guise of genuine religion. so if you believe a family member has been influenced by a group like the House of Prayer phone the same numbers below here:
Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy, Age Action Ireland suggests that frontline staff in banks, building societies, credit unions and other financial institutions could be encouraged to act if they suspect elder abuse. He can be contacted on 087 968 2449 and 01 4756989.
The HSE also operates an information line for reporting cases of suspected elder abuse telephone 1850 241850.