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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It looks like the CC in NYC has done something to piss off the NYPost. It happens at least annually.
Do they practice on a rubber dummy like they do with CPR? Maybe a Exorcism Ed or Demonic Debby doll?
Loraine Newman was pretty good in that sketch. Pryor wasn’t so great, outside of “the bed is on my foot, the bed is on my foot”. But anyone would have been funny given those lines.
Wow, you must have missed a bunch of them. Several years worth.
The fact is that you don't know what instruction/training those disciples received. The Church doesn't do things 'man's way'. It does things God's way with the authority He bestowed upon it continuing on in His absence under the guidance of the Paraclete.
"Then calling together the twelve apostles, He gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases." Luke 9:1
"And after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He himself was to come." Luke 10:1
"But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you." John 14:26
"But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written." John 21:25
The New York archdiocese did not respond to questions about what McManus will say, but according to the Catholic News Service, he likely will be discussing how to tell if someone is possessed by a demon.
Before any exorcism can take place, a priest must look for the telltale signs, such as a violent reaction to holy water, super strength, aversion to the name of Jesus or Mary and speaking in tongues.
Also, the possibly possessed person must be checked out by a psychologist to make sure they are not mentally ill before a bishop will allow an exorcism to proceed.
Once an exorcism is initiated, the priest will try to drive the demon out of the possessed person by sprinkling holy water, reciting psalms and laying on hands.
Not one mention of the Holy Ghost involved in the determination as to whether a person is possessed.
Not one mention of the name of Jesus being used to cast them out. It is the only thing demons have to obey.
Did you really expect the Old Grey Lady to actually cover the story completely? Of course the priest invokes the name of Jesus! How else would he drive out a demon?