I can probably go a step further than this in saying… DUH!
Skype exorcisms would be an exciting advance in an otherwise ancient world of rituals—if, of course, they weren’t an Internet scam.
“They just can’t be done that way,” says Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of the International Catholic Association of Exorcists, an organization that trains and ordains new exorcists. “If a person is fully possessed, the demon inside of them will not let them sit in front of the computer screen to be exorcised. Chances are, they’re going to throw the computer screen across the room and destroy everything.”
Oh really? I’d like to see that and then have you prove it’s not just someone really mentally disturbed.
This is a followup to the story of self-proclaimed “Real Exorcist” Bob Larson who does exorcisms via Skype (and apparently charges for them, of course, see the comments on that piece). Larson appeared on Anderson Cooper show on Friday. (Why, Anderson? Why give these clowns attention?)
Exorcisms may have psychological value for people who truly believe possession is their problem. But even if so, they need behavioral health services, not just religious interference. This is dangerous stuff. Every day we hear more and more about exorcisms. They kill people (usually kids). The promotion of demonic possession as a genuine thing is extremely harmful for society and it needs to be stemmed.
Demons, around for all of human history, have yet to be proven to actually exist. My bet is, they NEVER will. But it hardly matters. Humans will always attribute evil to a scapegoat and make up superstitious nonsense to deal with it.