Catholic Church Seeks Exorcists

Giotto's depiction of St. Francis exorcising demons.

Giotto's depiction of St. Francis exorcising demons.

Apparently America is overwhelmed by demons and a Catholic bishop says “each diocese should have its own” exorcist. Facing a shortage, the Church held a special training workshop in Baltimore this past weekend to teach clerics the esoteric rite, reports Reuters:

The church has signed up 56 bishops and 66 priests for the two-day workshop that began on Friday, seeking to boost the small group of just five or six American exorcists that the church currently has on its books.

“There’s this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental U.S.,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, was quoted as saying.

“Actually, each diocese should have its own” exorcist, he added.

Paprocki did not say why there was increased demand for exorcisms, which he noted were rarely performed.

While solemnly regarded by the Catholic Church, exorcism is a staple of Hollywood fright films — most notably the 1973 film “The Exorcist” — and regarded by many as superstition that lends a chill frisson to festivals like Halloween.

Catholic Church law stipulates that only properly trained priests can perform the rite — and then only with the permission of their bishops…

[continues at Reuters]

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  • Anonymous

    “Physician (Exorcist), heal thyself….”

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Physician (Exorcist), heal thyself….”

  • Hadrian999

    i want to see this as a reality show
    vaticans top exorcist, one of the judges could be Guido Sarducci

  • Hadrian999

    i want to see this as a reality show
    vaticans top exorcist, one of the judges could be Guido Sarducci

  • zedge

    “Actually, each diocese should have its own” exorcist, he added.
    Yeah! maybe now they can exorcise the pedo bear demons from all the infested priest!

  • Anonymous

    “Actually, each diocese should have its own” exorcist, he added.
    Yeah! maybe now they can exorcise the pedo bear demons from all the infested priest!

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  • Darklord

    This actually kind of scares me. What are they going to start proposing that people who dont make enough money every year are possesed by demons. I would have thought that the Catholic church would have at least grown-up a little over the last thousand years. Exorcism really? Was this not the official way of dealing with the mentally ill. It dosent seem to be doing as you programed it to…. I dont know just take your bible and hit it over the head a few times.

  • Darklord

    This actually kind of scares me. What are they going to start proposing that people who dont make enough money every year are possesed by demons. I would have thought that the Catholic church would have at least grown-up a little over the last thousand years. Exorcism really? Was this not the official way of dealing with the mentally ill. It dosent seem to be doing as you programed it to…. I dont know just take your bible and hit it over the head a few times.

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