Catholic Church Opens Exorcist Hotline

Why the sudden rash of demonic possessions? Exorcism in the 21st Century has never been hotter. Via the Independent:

The Catholic Church has established an exorcist hotline in Milan, its biggest diocese, to cope with demand. Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the diocese’s chief exorcist since 1995, said the curia had also appointed twice as many exorcists to cope with a doubling in the number of requests for help over 15 years.

“We get many requests for names, addresses and phone numbers; that’s why we’ve set up a switchboard in the curia from Monday to Friday from 2.30pm to 5pm,” he told the chiesadimilano website.

“People in need can call and will be able to find a priest in the same area who doesn’t have to travel too far.” And to that end, the number of demon-busting priests on call has increased from six to 12.

The Monsignor said he knew of one exorcist who had been seeing up to 120 people a day. “But with so little time per client he was only able to offer a quick blessing. That’s not enough,” he said. ”There should be two to four appointments a day, no more, otherwise it’s too much.”

It’s not clear why the number of suspected possessions has risen so sharply. But Monsignor Mascheroni said that part of the increase might be explained by the rising numbers of parents having difficulty controlling disobedient teenagers…

[continues in the Independent]


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6 Comments on "Catholic Church Opens Exorcist Hotline"

  1. jimmy jazz | Nov 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

    Exorcism is interesting. The Protestants do it, too, and report much the same things as the Catholics. What happens is, some priest/ preacher of strong faith tells the demons to go away by the authority of Jesus. This with the consent of the demonically inhabited person, etc. The interesting part is where the demons start acting up. It is reported that they often speak (through the host), and sometimes speak in languages unknown to the host. Apparently they can also cause those present at the exorcism to suffer pains, tremors, inclinations to vomit, etc. Exorcised people often report feeling dramatically different following exorcism.

  2. Monkey See Monkey Do | Nov 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    Leave those epileptics alone, real ‘possession’ is endemic on wall st and needs to be exorcised quickly.

  3. Hey, who knows, there are many things that we don’t know both evil and good. There are people that even worship like thoughts. I don’t think people would spend the time to believe in something that they haven’t seen or believe in. Tell a Muslim that he or she is stupid. This is the place to start if you have the guts .lol I just read about a Doctor in Lexington, VA. that died and seen heaven. He never believed in this either. Now he believes in Heaven. So, don’t put others down when you don’t personally know.

    • jimmy jazz | Nov 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

      Yep, near-death experiences are also an interesting topic. People across different cultures report similar things: seeing bright lights, meeting angels, seeing reels of their lives (in preparation of judgment?), meeting lost relatives, etc. AFAIR there exists some academic research on the subject.

  4. Calvin Hobbes | Dec 1, 2012 at 12:34 am |

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