Out of the Fire, On Leaving Roman Catholicism 11:1: Mind Control—“Examination of Conscience” 7 part

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila



Many people, these days, are aware of the powerful mind control techniques of the Jesuits that have influenced not only Roman Catholics but also nations who attempt to control the populace by using such techniques or derivations thereof. If the reader is not yet informed, note just a few of many resources, below, for review [1].

My own “coming out” stories, chronicling the influences of several of the control techniques operative in my case, not untypical of many Catholics with a similar upbringing, are part of my own testimonies in this series and other  commentary “pages” here and here.

The specific topic for this entry in the series on leaving Roman Catholicism has to do with one very potent mind control mechanism called the “examination of conscience” [2].

I’m not talking about the Scriptural admonition to “…confess our sins (because), he is faithful and just to forgive us (our) sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness “ (1 John 1:9).

I’m talking about what is in my opinion, having grown up thoroughly enmeshed in Roman Catholicism, one of the most potent forces controlling the minds and spirits of children (indeed, all the faithful in very insidious ways) in the RC religious system.

This force, in my opinion, taught early and well, influences the “student” of the Roman Catholic brand of conscience examination who has not yet exercised discernment about its potentially destructive nature, well into adulthood.

But far worse, in my opinion, is the power of the mind control involved in this practice that has to keep the child/Catholic away from the Gospel itself, the true nature of Christ’s sacrifice, the true nature of grace.

Many will say, “But old-styled confession with the confessional and all that doesn’t necessarily happen anymore.” I would answer two things:

  • The power of it on the child does not easily leave the psyche (“Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man,”—attributed to Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Jesuits). And the second point is: check and see if it is, nevertheless, still included in the current teachings of the Catholic Church, though the obligation to “go to confession” one per week has been reduced down to once per-year, unless “mortal” sins are committed, then it should be attended to as soon as possible. A good place to start is linked, below, in footnote # 2.
  • Then, note also that even those mandates a Catholic of any age is not thoroughly aware of, he/she is still bound to obey in order to achieve salvation in this works- and behavior-based system [3].

I hope the reader finds grace and hope in the commentary to follow, should he or she still be enmeshed in this mind control mechanism. Please remember, “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).



[1] For multiple scholarly sources delineating the underbelly of the Jesuit organization and its emphasis and effect on spiritual, educational and governing institutions, see:


Here, a former nun speaks candidly about mind control in the Catholic Church, and other related topics:


For specific works linking the Jesuits’ involvement with mind control techniques such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), MK ULTRA, and Project Monarch and the order’s formative influence on such now, well-known bodies such as the Illuminati, Free Masonry,  and organizations involved in forming the New World Order, see:




[2] From the Online Catholic encyclopedia of Catholic teaching and practice, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05675a.htm  here is the official definition of the Roman Catholic “examination of conscience,” a spiritual practice heavily influenced by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

See also: http://www.catholictradition.org/Classics/rules-life.htm for guidelines for the “spiritual practices” recommended for Catholics (1959).

[3] For a summary of a Roman Catholic’s core obligations, see here: http://www.canonlaw.info/precepts_noaudio.htm


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3 Responses to Out of the Fire, On Leaving Roman Catholicism 11:1: Mind Control—“Examination of Conscience” 7 part

  1. Cathy says:

    Talk about “Mind Control” the Roman Church wants you to. SUBMIT YOUR
    INTELLECT & WILL to the Pope! THAT is a CULT!😨 Hey, us CRADLE CATHOLICS have been TRAINED, to Beleve, The Roman Catholic Church is the True Church of Jesus Christ and our Salvation can only come from Her Sacraments! WOW


    • pnissila says:


      What you say is so true, yet, there are so many levels of justification, ramification–alteration–packed beneath reams and reams of encyclicals, dogmas, and other documentation, it becomes quite hard for a Catholic to know where and how to begin when it comes to clarity.

      Add to that all of the changes and additions over the years…indeed, how is one to even start dealing with the cognitive dissonance when presented with, by contrast, the Scriptures in context?

      And yet, greater is He in us than he in the world.

      All it takes to initially break the spells of error, as it were, is a heart-felt desire for God to lead one into all truth, and a commitment to “listening” and, like the Bereans, continuously studying and meditating on the Word of God.

      And God leads us right to the feet of His Son, the only Way, Truth, and Life…

      For me, 43 years ago, all it took was a distinct realization, one night in November of 1973, that all the books and pop psych and education and on and on I had been involved in to come to the fundamental truth of things in my own life, simply were not getting at the primal hunger and thirst for it.

      Then I began reading a borrowed Bible (my sister-in-law Mary’s, thanks, again, Mary) and it all began there. That is to say, after reading some particularly shocking yet piercing Scriptures, I realized, this was the night of some kind of significant choice for me.

      “I choose You, God,” I said, out loud, by myself, alone in the living room, and He began the work in me that continues and will until eternity.

      It took me about six full years to “come out of her” mentally, emotionally and psychologically, though I was born again. I just kept reading, reading, reading, reading, the (real) Words, and studying…like drinking a big glass of pure, cool water on a parching-hot day.

      I know there are likely millions of Roman Catholics who have given their heart to (the real) Jesus Christ who, like me back then, struggle today in their own process of leaving.

      I am here to say, yes, all things ARE possible.

      Stay the course…

      That said, despite all the brains, bucks, and brawn amassed in the Catholic Church through the centuries, it truly is amazing, no? that anyone can come out of the controls.

      Yet, despite the carefully honed and refined mind control techniques of the brilliant Jesuits and others over the centuries, God still reaches down in love and kindness to anybody with a sincere desire to know Him, and begins His much more powerful work of redemption–and deliverance.

      Indeed, we serve a God Who is vastly “smarter, ‘”richer,'” and “stronger.”

      There is, no doubt, also a miraculous aspect to coming out of cults and religions, as well. They can have such a firm, iron, hold on the mind as well as the emotions…which is where mind control works at its best.


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