Posts Tagged ‘exorcists’

Trump Is Meeting With the Wrong Guy at the Vatican

May 22, 2017

Trump Is Meeting With the Wrong Guy at the Vatican
U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis on Wednesday when he visits Vatican City, but he should really meet with another Francis while he’s in town — Father Francesco Bamonte. He’s the leading Catholic exorcist, president of the International Association of Exorcists, and well-practiced in casting out demons.


“Can the pope save Trump?”  E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post


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The Devil In America

November 14, 2010

The Devil In America

America’s Roman Catholic bishops held a conference last weekend to train more priests in how to conduct exorcisms. There is a shortage of U.S. priests who know the rite.

We commend the Church for this quick response to the mid-term election results.

The conference was motivated by an increased demand for exorcisms, driven by an influx of Third World immigrants and a rejection of psychiatry, according to Illinois Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, the meeting’s organizer. We we wonder if simple lack of access to medical services is a factor.

The training seems to have emphasized diabolical triage. “The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite,” according to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Houston. Practitioners look for violent reactions to holy water, super strength, aversion to the name of Jesus or Mary and speaking in tongues. The latter may be problematic, as this is a major feature in the worship of a growing number of Catholic Pentecostals.