The Catholic Church has established an exorcist hotline in Milan, its biggest diocese, to cope with demand. Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the diocese’s chief exorcist since 1995, said the curia had also appointed twice as many exorcists to cope with a doubling in the number of requests for help over 15 years.
“We get many requests for names, addresses and phone numbers; that’s why we’ve set up a switchboard in the curia from Monday to Friday from 2.30pm to 5pm,” he told the chiesadimilano website.
“People in need can call and will be able to find a priest in the same area who doesn’t have to travel too far.” And to that end, the number of demon-busting priests on call has increased from six to 12.
This is a really interesting article. There is a serious problem when one clergyman says he sees up to 120 people a day! What is going on? Monsignor Mascheroni suggests that parents are calling for help with their rebellious and/or troubled teens. He clearly notes it’s not demonic but a family issue. Yeah, teenagers.
He also notes that many people have mental disorders which account for the behavior. Does the church have staff equipt to deal with this or do they point people to professionals? It’s not clear but it is concerning that some might not be referred to the help they need but strung along with religious views about demons. They do acknowledge that there are real cases of possession (!).
Then you have people like Father Gabriele Amorth, who was the Vatican’s chief exorcist for and claims to have dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession. He is a hazard. He thinks that Harry Potter and such literature is the devil’s handbook. He’s stuck in the dark ages and thinks “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican”.
Interest in demons and exorcism has taken an upswing in the past 10 years. I’m not clear why. Ideas?