A church desperate to regain relevance is bringing exorcism back in vogue, and we should be afraid:
Speaking to Vatican Radio, Dr Valter Cascioli, a psychiatrist and spokesman for the International Association of Exorcists, warned of “an extraordinary increase in demonic activity… the number of people who are turning to these practices, which are damaging psychologically, spiritually and morally, is constantly growing. The battle against evil and the devil increasingly is becoming an emergency…”
Pope Francis is known for his approval of exorcists, praising them for “helping those who suffer because of the work of the devil”.
Truly frightening – though not for the reasons he gives. The bishop of Paterson, NJ, writes for the Catholic News Agency that:
Throughout the world, the decline in faith and the rise of interest in the occult have fomented a climate that favors the phenomenon of demonic possession… As a result, requests for exorcisms have dramatically risen within the last decade…
The reality of the devil belongs to the bedrock of Christian tradition… As Pope Francis teaches, the devil is real. Evil is real. And, every individual needs to confront the power of evil and move away from the spiritual dominion of the devil… Exorcism is a sacramental…. the ordinary means given to us to prevail in the battle against evil and thus, through Christ’s victory over Satan…
Repeat… this is not a medieval scroll. That was a 21st-century New Jersey newspaper. In a horrifying Dec. 3 piece, Keith Moor recounts the outrageous case of Australian Joan Vollmers’ torture and murder by Christian exorcists, who received a mere slap on the wrist: Continue reading