Skip to comments.Catholic Church needs exorcists (Church short of priests who know how to perform exorcism)
Posted on 11/14/2010 10:12:15 AM PST by WebFocus
The Roman Catholic Church is looking for a few good men -- to battle Satan.
The church in the US has become so short of priests who know how to perform an exorcism that it began an emergency two-day meeting yesterday to teach clerics how to properly cast out demons.
A group of 56 bishops and 66 priests -- including an assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan -- have gathered in Baltimore for the Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism. The mystical meeting was focused on a lot more than just dodging green vomit and stopping heads from spinning.
"Learning the liturgical rite is not difficult," said Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Houston, who is attending the conference. "The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite."
The number of US clerics who know how to do an exorcism has dropped dramatically in recent years, ever since the holy procedure became a laughingstock thanks to Linda Blair's head-spinning performance as a possessed girl in the 1973 film "The Exorcist."
The situation has gotten so hellacious that only five or six priests are left in the country with the knowledge to properly carry out an exorcism, the Catholic News Service reported.
But with numerous Catholic immigrants coming to the Uinited States from nations where exorcisms are taken seriously, the church's handful of exorcists are being overwhelmed.
"There's this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental US," Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki told the Catholic News Service.
And though some non-Catholics may snicker, exorcisms are an important church rite. Pope John Paul II is said to have performed one, and the Bible talks of Jesus casting out demons.
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Hell no, I won’t go.
The few, the proud, the covered with stinky ectoplasm and vomitus.
Seemingly a funny story, but ask anyone who worked in the Diocese of Brooklyn in the last 50 years if they’ve heard the story of the incident at St Mary’s on Maujer St in W’burg and the idea of exorcists becomes less amusing.
Pelosi is no longer Speaker.
We need more bishops who know how to perform the rite of excommunication and to publicly excommunicate those who claim to be Catholic who support abortion, euthanasia, etc. and who take other positions which are anti-Catholic. If we had more such bishops, we would need fewer exorcists.
"Your mama eats kitty litter."
Tell me more...
He scares the DEVIL outta me,,,,
And for those of us who don’t know anybody who worked in the Diocese of Brooklyn in the past 50 years to ask, what happened?
I asked Google, but it didn’t know either.
Priests in Exorcism: “The bed must come down! The bed must come down!”
R. Pryor as Priest “THE BED IS ON MY FOOT! THE BED IS ON MY FOOT!”
THAT’S THE ONE!
“Your mama wears socks that smell”
Best SNL skit ever, in fact I would put that whole Pryor episode as the greatest SNL ever.
>>Your mama wears socks that smell<<
You talkin about my Mama? Don’t you be talkin’ about my Mama!!! (*chokes her*)
Here it is on Hulu, but they cut out the ending.
“Father...father...please....let me help you.” (Both start choking her)
>>Best SNL skit ever, in fact I would put that whole Pryor episode as the greatest SNL ever.<<
Need I say more? :)