Catholic Church embraces the rise in “evil” and trains exorcists

We have previously noted the increasing “popularity” (although not sure that’s exactly the right word) in exorcism. For various reasons, some feel that this procedure is necessary and useful. It’s difficult to tell who truly believes they are possessed by ACTUAL demons and who is just playing at it for attention. In most cases, psychological evalution is called for. The church notes they do recommend this but they also seem to be willing to succomb to public pressure and deliver people from this new “evil”.

Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church – Telegraph.

Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil.

The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.

The increase in the number of priests being trained to tackle the phenomenon is also an effort by the Church to sideline unauthorised, self-proclaimed exorcists, and its tacit recognition that belief in Satan, once regarded by Catholic progressives as an embarrassment, is still very much alive.

Is there actually more evil in the world? Is Satan busier these days? Pffth. Show me the evidence. It’s infuriating for people of sound mind to see belief in demon possession gaining popularity. The evidence instead shows that exorcisms carry considerable risk. When the belief is rampant in a culture, people suffer or die from exorcisms instead of medical care.

Geez, it’s been millenia and we STILL have no evidence for demons. They never seem to show up at the laboratory or in scientific settings. A shame.

 Exorcisms kill

  10 comments for “Catholic Church embraces the rise in “evil” and trains exorcists

  1. January 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Think it’s a bit like drugs & alcoholism – people look for a stronger & stronger hit each time. “Mainstream” paranormal too tame & too many frauds & fakers come to light, so many change direction, looking for another niche or “hardcore” version. Of course does no harm if more people come looking for help & influence of religion, than science, psychologists, or the para community.

  2. Chris Howard
    January 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I had a discussion about this with a friend of mine, who is a regularly practicing, and involved member of the Catholic Church.

    She didn’t deny that most of the cases were probably mental illnesses, that had been mistaken as demonic possessions.
    But her fall back position seemed to be that unexplained cases = demonic possession.

    She seemed emotionally attached, so I didn’t press the issue.

    The odd thing is that, later that night, she cited numerous other cultures religious practices, involving exorcisms, and labeled them as ‘superstitious’ practices.

    ‘Foreign’ cultural practices, that she claimed, were harmful. Hypocrisy, or blinded by culture?

  3. January 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    A few sessions with a good psychiatrist and a course of CBT would sort out 99.9% of the cases the other 0.1% would probably need more focused medical treatment. Worth checking out those around e.g. family/carers/friends, of the person to make sure there is no other influence.

  4. January 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    It’s just a strategy to perpetuate fear for the new year, designed to scare the atheism out of the devils children. Remember, if you are an atheist you have zero levels of protection against the evil one. I, for one, will be taking out a second mortgage to purchase some indulgences from the Vatican gift shop.

  5. January 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    While i do have the utmost respect for those of any religion who actually follow it, & not just use the good bits, as an excuse for bigotry, while technically sinning the rest of the time, i have a great distrust of organised religion (i was born & bred in Northern Ireland & you’ve all see the bigotry & atrocities committed there falsely in the name of religion). “Sunday Christians” were always my problem. Sin all week, pontificate on others’ degenerate lifestyles, while hypocritically bypassing a few commandments, that didn’t suit them, then go to church or chapel & be part of the chosen innocent saintly few, on Sunday. I’m an open minded agnostic, & think if there is a “supreme being/s” your fate if there is an afterlife, is damn all to do with showing how wonderful you are, but how you live your daily life & treat others. Definition of evil & demonic is also a hang up in many religions. Atrocities that many others would think evil & demonic, are committed in name of many religions, but divine works for those committing them usually. More “demons” in the human mind than anywhere else. For a change i’m a very small minority in my new country, & have no problems with bigotry, & subject rarely comes up. Interpretation of religious writings, with often dodgy translations over centuries & millennia are a major problem too.

  6. January 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Those who believe in gods & demons are getting desperate, reason & atheist are terifying them into extremism.

    Paredolia is the 8th sacrament in the RCC.

  7. Peter Robinson
    January 6, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    So much for the new model ‘reformist’ Roman catholic pope. More like same old platitudinous pontificating of papal bull.

  8. Adash
    January 6, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    Not only is their reaction outdated, but the things they’re reacting to are outdated, as well. I mean, Ouija boards? Come on. I want to see church officials get riled up at modern things, like creepypasta and ponies.

  9. John Nowak
    January 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    “More exorcists” might not be a problem, if and only if they try to guide clients to mental health professionals.

    I don’t believe in demons but I think exorcists could serve the purpose of identifying people who need help.

    • January 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Problem is that exorcists believe in demons and have serious confirmation bias problems.

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