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.
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.
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.