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Catholic Church needs exorcists (Church short of priests who know how to perform exorcism)
New York Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Todd Venezia

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholicchurch; exorcism; exorcists; priests

1 posted on 11/14/2010 10:12:21 AM PST by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

WANTED. Working priests willing to tangle with the Devil. Must be able to sniff out evil spirits, demons and identify the possessed and quickly pick up the how-to's of exorcism. Those afraid of spinning heads need not apply.
2 posted on 11/14/2010 10:15:57 AM PST by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

Hell no, I won’t go.


3 posted on 11/14/2010 10:16:22 AM PST by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: WebFocus

The few, the proud, the covered with stinky ectoplasm and vomitus.


4 posted on 11/14/2010 10:17:32 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: WebFocus

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.


5 posted on 11/14/2010 10:19:47 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: WebFocus

Why?
Pelosi is no longer Speaker.


6 posted on 11/14/2010 10:21:01 AM PST by oldbill
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To: WebFocus

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.


7 posted on 11/14/2010 10:21:32 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: WebFocus

"Your mama eats kitty litter."

8 posted on 11/14/2010 10:22:09 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: xkaydet65
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.

Tell me more...

9 posted on 11/14/2010 10:27:13 AM PST by hoyt-clagwell
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To: hoyt-clagwell
Hmmm. I wonder if Obammy is doing anything after he gets voted out in 2012.

Hell

He scares the DEVIL outta me,,,,

10 posted on 11/14/2010 10:29:33 AM PST by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: xkaydet65

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.


11 posted on 11/14/2010 10:30:48 AM PST by CitadelArmyJag ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man with no convictions" G. K. Chesterton)
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To: WebFocus

Classic SNL:

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!”


12 posted on 11/14/2010 10:33:25 AM PST by freedumb2003 (IMHO)
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To: dfwgator

THAT’S THE ONE!


13 posted on 11/14/2010 10:34:26 AM PST by freedumb2003 (IMHO)
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To: freedumb2003

“Your mama wears socks that smell”


14 posted on 11/14/2010 10:35:11 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: WebFocus
the Bible talks of Jesus casting out demons.

And, so did his disciples - In the Name of Jesus. They didn't need a seminar to do it 'man's way'.

Luke 10:17-20 "The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your Name."

He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Matt 10:8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give".
15 posted on 11/14/2010 10:36:05 AM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: freedumb2003

Best SNL skit ever, in fact I would put that whole Pryor episode as the greatest SNL ever.


16 posted on 11/14/2010 10:36:30 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: dfwgator

>>“Your mama wears socks that smell”<<

You talkin about my Mama? Don’t you be talkin’ about my Mama!!! (*chokes her*)


17 posted on 11/14/2010 10:37:21 AM PST by freedumb2003 (IMHO)
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To: freedumb2003

Here it is on Hulu, but they cut out the ending.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/1601/saturday-night-live-the-exorcist-ii


18 posted on 11/14/2010 10:37:41 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: freedumb2003

“Father...father...please....let me help you.” (Both start choking her)


19 posted on 11/14/2010 10:38:32 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: dfwgator

>>Best SNL skit ever, in fact I would put that whole Pryor episode as the greatest SNL ever.<<

DEAD HONKY!

Need I say more? :)


20 posted on 11/14/2010 10:40:29 AM PST by freedumb2003 (IMHO)
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To: WebFocus

It looks like the CC in NYC has done something to piss off the NYPost. It happens at least annually.


21 posted on 11/14/2010 10:48:45 AM PST by bronxville
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To: WebFocus
View Image

22 posted on 11/14/2010 11:18:56 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: WebFocus
Girl in angelic white, "Damian" the priest in black
23 posted on 11/14/2010 11:21:03 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: WebFocus

Do they practice on a rubber dummy like they do with CPR? Maybe a Exorcism Ed or Demonic Debby doll?


24 posted on 11/14/2010 11:23:00 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WebFocus
Heck, the Religion Forum is in need of exorcists.
25 posted on 11/14/2010 12:30:00 PM PST by Natural Law (lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi)
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To: WebFocus
Obama POSSESSED!



And what was REALLY scary is that when I upped this pic to Tinypic,
the anti-spam test words that popped up were, "adissaid incubus".

And while "incubus" is obvious, "adissaid" is an anagram of "Isis Adad",
Isis being the Egyptian nature god and Adad, the Sumerian god of storms.

I SWEAR!
26 posted on 11/14/2010 1:03:46 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


27 posted on 11/14/2010 1:30:12 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: dfwgator
Best SNL skit ever, in fact I would put that whole Pryor episode as the greatest SNL ever.

Wow, you must have missed a bunch of them. Several years worth.

28 posted on 11/14/2010 1:31:57 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: presently no screen name
They didn't need a seminar to do it 'man's way'.

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

29 posted on 11/15/2010 6:58:12 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
This is from the article and proves without a shadow of a doubt that the Holy Ghost has no function in the Catholic Church as you claim.

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.

30 posted on 11/15/2010 12:36:56 PM PST by Bobsvainbabblings
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To: Bobsvainbabblings

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?


31 posted on 11/17/2010 10:15:19 PM PST by SuziQ
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