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”.
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.