Posted by: Taylor Hoff | November 15, 2010

The Return of Exorcisms? – LGF

Demon Fighters: The Catholic Church Needs You

Charles Johnson
Religion • Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm PST • Views: 20,751

The Catholic Church is looking for some good men to fight off an invasion of disembodied malevolent entities.

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms.

The two-day training, which ends today in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed, and review the prayers and rituals that comprise an exorcism. Among the speakers will be Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, and a priest-assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

More than 50 bishops and 60 priests signed up to attend, according to Catholic News Service, which first reported the event. The conference was scheduled for just ahead of the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which starts Monday in Baltimore.

Despite strong interest in the training, skepticism about the rite persists within the American church. Organizers of the event are keenly aware of the ridicule that can accompany discussion of the subject. Exorcists in U.S. dioceses keep a very low profile. In 1999, the church updated the Rite of Exorcism, cautioning that “all must be done to avoid the perception that exorcism is magic or superstition.”

Magic? Superstition? You mean there are people who don’t believe that invisible creatures from the Hell Dimension can take possession of human beings, and can only be defeated with the proper incantations? Where are we, in the Dark Ages or something?

Exorcisms return? What? Scare tactics on the terminally gullible, and demonizing the mentally ill? Honestly, I think the church could do 100 more productive and PR related things instead, lord knows they need some good PR about now. (har har, pun intended)

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