Catholic church whines that it does not have enough exorcists

This article is REALLY hard to swallow. Makes me almost want to vomit –  the idea that there is so much Devil-induced evil in the world that all we need are more exorcists to make it all better. How antiquated, how quaint, how silly.

‘Emergency’ need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic

Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, which is endorsed by the Vatican, described as an “emergency” the lack of priests capable of fighting the forces of evil.

“The lack of exorcists is a real emergency. There is a pastoral emergency as a result of a significant increase in the number of diabolical possessions that exorcist priests are confronting,” he told La Stampa newspaper.

“The number of people who take part in occult and satanic practices, which lead to serious physical, psychological and spiritual damages, is constantly rising.”

I’m wondering about this quote. Cascioli is a psychologist and scientific consultant though the undertaking of science SPECIFICALLY excludes supernatural forces. Does he have any scientific evidence to back up his claim? I doubt it.

That the priests are getting more calls for exorcisms is not surprising since the demon theme has been hot for years and is ubiquitous in the media. Pope Frank is a big believer in exorcism. That, however, does not equate to actual diabolical possessions which have never been confirmed to occur except by priests. Why aren’t we seeing documentation in scientific literature of these possessions? Instead, we hear priests complaining people are being damaged by Ouija boards, Satanism and occult practices is laughable. One priest notes all his free time is taken up with exorcisms. Why is it that atheists never get possessed in this manner? This is a testable claim, actually. Bring on the Ouija!

I, for one, would REALLY like to view the evidence, but I suspect we will be supplied nothing but dramatic accounts. The church is on the receiving end of some very disturbed and religiously obsessed people in our troubled times. To remain relevant, they are embracing the rite of exorcism and fear of the devil to bring people to the church. It’s unethical and potentially harmful and should NOT be encouraged.

Way to bring people back to the church! Fear of the devil never fails, eh?

Way to bring people back to the church! Fear of the devil never fails, eh?

By the way, this has been going on for a while. Remember this from 2012?
Catholic Church inundated with exorcism requests; sets up phone-in advice line

They’ve lost their star demon exaggerator, Father Amorth who died earlier this month. He was adamant that Yoga and Harry Potter opened you up to the Devil. We’re all entertained, relaxed, and missing our souls, I guess.

See all our posts on exorcism. You’ll be reading for a while. Exorcism remains hotter than hell as a pop culture topic and there are many tragedies of exorcism that will turn your stomach for sure.

  12 comments for “Catholic church whines that it does not have enough exorcists

  1. September 29, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    During the exorcist shortage, the backlog of possessed will be renditioned to black magic sites and holy-waterboarded.

  2. Mark Summerfield
    September 30, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    When you say it makes you almost want to vomit, I assume you mean projectile vomit?!

  3. September 30, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Why, of course!

  4. Tom
    September 30, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Since these exorcist priests are gaining fame and converts (thus gaining an advantage over rival faiths) and if the church is really claiming exorcism as a treatment for physical and psychological damage, such claims can and should be investigated by the medical and advertising regulators in much the same way as the new age fraternity, lest we come to be believe the church is condoning cynical charlantry.
    Surely a dispassionate overview of the Vaticans’evidence would easily convince the sceptics, lead to a plenitude of priests eager to practise the art and revive the faith?

  5. September 30, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    That’s it. But they make excuses. And, the believers don’t need any more convincing. So the church would not risk opening up to outsiders for investigations. Right now, they can’t lose by promoting the fear of the devil.

  6. Grumpy
    September 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    From the first link: “There doesn’t exist a training institution at university level. We need an interdisciplinary approach in which science collaborates with religion, and psychiatrists work with demonologists and exorcists.”

    Sure, let’s get back to the XVIIth c.

    Like so many other woo proponents nowadays some Roman catholics seem to suffer from Science Envy®. (And exorcists just re-tune the quantum levels so these pesky demons can’t slip through, right?)

  7. One Eyed Jack
    September 30, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Nothing unusual here. I recently had a discussion with a coworker who claimd to have witnessed a full apparition and also has an uncle that has been possessed more than once. I tried to presd the case for skepticism without offending or crossing the line of work etiquette, but it seems pointless.

    When dealing with a person so deeply entrenched and claiming a supernatural personal experience to which they were the only witness, I am at a complete loss how to proceed. I understand how our brains trick us. I understand how memories get altered by later experience. I understand how unreliable eye witnesses are. None of this does me any good in this situation because their memory is the only source of information on the event.

    People believe what they believe and without an early education in skeptical thinking there is little hope of developing it later in life.

  8. kiljoy616
    October 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    They are after all selling a product so someone must be buying and that means demand is up. Blame the need to believe from so much of the less developed humans on the planet and there is no way to fix that segment of society. More education is not going to work.

  9. Kiljoy616
    October 1, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    There is your problem not offending them is like passive resistant all it does is reinforce that they are right and they just need to crush your skepticism. No wonder little has changed and this idiocy is on the rise again.

  10. One Eyed Jack
    October 1, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Offending someone generally doesn’t further your position. It only makes them defensive and they dig in even deeper.

    My general approach is to ask questions and let their answers guide them into an indefensible position when they begin to contradict themselves. Once you reach that point, they have a choice. They can consider the position or they can throw up the denial wall.

  11. Kiljoy616
    October 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Not offending them while they are spouting they idiocy does little either. Don’t get me wrong I do ask question about their believes and try to explain things but it does little to change anyone of anything and by the end of the week they are back in their safe zone been spouted to about how their group is always right.

    Been as old as I am I have learned that just because a person contradicts themselves does not mean they will think they are wrong. They just tend to dismiss it as not knowing enough and fall right back to their programing that you are the problem not them.

    So I will continue to offend once I realize logic and facts don’t and will probably never be part of their thinking process. Though I do it without shouting and I must admit I get a bit of a chuckle to listen to their BP rising and their eyes bulging out. Its a guilt pleasure I get. Its just to easy to bait people who think been dumb and ignorant is a badge they hold proudly for all to see.

  12. JohnZ
    October 5, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    The 21st century and this is what we are dealing with. One would believe we were living in the 14th century instead. The Church is loosing followers and this is how they believe it will regain parishioners….by scaring them with phoney tales of possession. They are no different than the carney barkers at a cheap sideshow, promising to show you something amazing and in the end you have been parted with your coin and see some cheaply made up wonder.
    The Vatican is no different. In truth they continue to believe in the delusion they are meant to rule the world. Who wants to be ruled by child molesters and pedophiles?
    One would believe we have outgrown this nonsense but it appears to be not so. Ignorance and superstition are just as rife today as they were 600 years ago and the Vatican is of no help.
    The Vatican like the royal families need to go the way of the Dodo.

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