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Pope praises a dizzy of demon hunters

Pope praises a dizzy of demon hunters

An International Association of Exorcists conference, being held in Rome this week, has earned praise from Pope Francis.

The first gathering of its kind brings together a cackle of 300 clerics from 30 countries, all hell-bent on ridding the world of demons.

The Pope is reportedly delighted with their efforts to combat “the Devil’s works”, and warned of a rise in Satanism.

He  has been more vocal about Satan than his predecessors. In a statement last April he declared:

Yes, the Devil exists, the Devil exists … even in the 21st century!

Dr  Walter Cascioli, psychiatrist and spokesman for International Association of Exorcists said:

The struggle against evil and the Devil is becoming more and more of an emergency. Certainly, the number of people who are turning to these practices, which are damaging psychologically, spiritually and morally, is constantly growing. This worries us a great deal because we have seen an increase in extraordinary demonic activity.

Cascioli reckons that books, television series and horror movies have driven people to the dark side,  and opened the way to “extraordinary demonic activity”.

Cascioli added that over the years people have lost their belief in evil and this is exactly what the Devil intended.

His trickery is to make us believe that he does not exist. But the point is the same – to deaden people’s faith.

The International Association of Exorcists, according to this report, was originally founded in 1990 and one of their leaders has been housed in the Vatican for years, but its only received  given formal approval by Roman Catholic Church this summer.

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One of their most active members is the Rev Gabriele Amorth, above, who was one of the six founding members and has spoken extensively about his belief that exorcisms are the most effective way to fight the Devil.

Amorth claims to have treated more than 70,000 cases of demonic possession. On occasions he and six or seven assistants were required to hold down the possessed person as the Devil rarely gives up without a fight.

The devil is pure spirit, invincible. He is shown with the painful blasphemies coming from the person which he possesses. He can stay hidden. He can speaks different languages. He can transform himself.

The priest said he had collected nails, glass and pieces of metal vomited up by people who were possessed by the Devil. Amorth keeps in a pouch that he carries with him.

Some have vomited metal the size of a human finger, others have vomited rose petals.

Hat tip: Ivan Bailey

29 responses to “Pope praises a dizzy of demon hunters”

  1. Stephen Turner says:

    Well at least they have their own psychiatrist. And you can tell he’s the real thing cos he’s got a white coat.

  2. Stephen Mynett says:

    “Some have vomited metal the size of a human finger, others have vomited rose petals.”

    If it was me, I would suggest anyone with a compulsive eating disorder went to a trained specialist.

  3. Broga says:

    “Amorth claims to have treated more than 70,000 cases of demonic possession.”

    This is industrial scale exorcism. Amorth has been busy. The devil speaks many languages. Wow! Formidable. I wonder why the devil never takes over atheists? No, you don’t have to tell me.

    My long dead Scots’ grannie – not RC, Presbyterian – was convinced about the existence of the devil. But she lived in a remote rural community where folk tales were the modern equivalent of TV. Nothing like a devilish story to capture an audience.

    These RC poseurs have not moved on. Or maybe they have but they can trap there followers in this nonsense. One day Frankie accepts evolution and the Big Bang. The next he believes in the devil.

  4. Brogue Heely says:

    Ok let’s check that out…
    70,000 exorcisms
    Assume the faker is 70 years old.
    This equates to 1000 exorcisms for every year of his life.
    Which is roughly around 3 every day. Busy man.
    Or is he delusional?
    Or just a liar?
    Or too thick to do the math?
    Or all the above?

  5. Brogue Heely says:

    Scare the fuck out of gullible undereducated halfwits by invoking the devil and the pious can rule with ease. The pious are truly excremental in their exploitation of people already retarded by poisonous dogma.

  6. Paul Cook says:

    I had rather thought the sane world had moved on and beyond all this nonsense, stating that the devil was inside people, possessing them etc.

    The sane world calls this epilepsy and sufferers can be assisted with modern medication.It is a shame the exorcists don’t seem to have access to the same modern medicine for their own afflictions. Tranquillisers might be a start.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    @Brogue Heely
    70,000 exorcisms
    Assume the faker is 70 years old.
    This equates to 1000 exorcisms for every year of his life.
    Which is roughly around 3 every day. Busy man.
    Or is he delusional?
    Or just a liar?
    Or too thick to do the math?
    Or all the above?

    As they say, the devil is in the detail. Oh, hang on a minute… I think you just proved he isn’t.

  8. Broga says:

    Amorth makes Mozart seem a late starter and he is said to have been a gifted musician by the time he was four. Amorth must have been doing those three exorcisms a day when he was a year old. This man certainly hit the ground running. Oops. That would be crawling.

  9. Trevor Blake says:

    Now now, what’s the harm in exorcisms?

    Oh dear…

    http://whatstheharm.net/exorcisms.html

  10. Barry Duke says:

    This report has angered me than any other I have posted recently. There are good people out there, such as Nigerian sceptic Leo Igwe, who are putting their livelihoods and often their lives on the line to fight the forces of superstition that sees thousands – many of them children – maimed or killed after being identified as “demon possessed”.

    By staging a exorcist jamboree, with the full blessing of the Pope, these foul clowns are adding fuel to the fires of irrationality, thus legitimising witchhunts.

    This is nothing short of criminal, and demonstrates that this Pope, despite all his blather about protecting the poor and vulnerable, is ever inch as evil as his sociopathic predecessors.

  11. Matt Westwood says:

    “70,000 exorcisms”

    he might have done them all at once, at Woodstock, say.

  12. Marcus says:

    Hell, if that turkey-necked creep came at me with his ju ju stick, I’d scream and fight and spit nails!

  13. Robster says:

    Surely there’s more important things for these extremely important protectors of human morality to do than caring about that devil and its evil comrades you’d recon. First, those fresh fillets of tasty jesus for Sunday communion and of course the procurement of that sought after jesus blood that are needed for consumption by the suckers each week, there’s children to molest and crimes to cover up and of cause all those silly hats to design and manufacture. These are busy old men and to have pope Frank burden them with all this extra work is just not fair.

  14. 1859 says:

    Barry D has a good point – these self-righteous clowns advertise exorcism to gullible millions who then believe that exorcism is some kind of rigorous ‘science’ within the catholic church, doing ‘good’ thing by ridding the world of demons. So what do such gullible people then do when some poor woman or child has an epileptic fit? Stone her to death of course because the evil has to be driven out. These withered, sour-faced, old men like, Amroth, whose balls have been shrivelled up by a life spent masturbating in the dark with jesus, should be charged with perpetuating mass misery against humanity. THEY are the true satanists!

  15. Paul Cook says:

    @1859

    If only that last part of your comment were true about their sexual activity.
    It is, however, wrong. Far, far too many take their sexual frustration out on the weak, the innocent and defenceless: children.

  16. Marky Mark says:

    Lions and Tigers…and Bears! OH MY!!!

  17. Broga says:

    @Barry Duke: The only think Frankie does better than his predecessors is PR. They were under the hammer from the revelations of his church being infested with paedophile priests so they decided on a PR strategy. And so many, including the RC hierarchy of the BBC, were taken in by it.

    It makes me cringe to hear the air time still given to RC spokesmen. Challenge is non existent from deferential interviewers. The rigid censorship of atheists continues.

  18. barriejohn says:

    http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/28/priest-performs-exorcism-in-family-home-after-boy-shares-bath-with-a-ghost-4924904/

    Fr Cunningham, from St Albans Church in Warrington, Cheshire, arrived at the home on Friday, where he sprayed holy water in each room and said the Lord’s Prayer.

    He said: ‘I do this quite often. It has become more popular but usually it’s for people who have moved into a new home and want it blessed.’

    Welcome to the Twelfth Century.

  19. Brian Jordan says:

    “Holyween”? Do these religious experts not understand that there is no Ween” in Halloween? Do they have to rely on the likes of us to spell out the name and current Christian nature of All Hallows Evening?
    Of course, they’ve nicked other pagan festivals so they’re perhaps a bit confused which version they’re talking about and don’t realise they’ve renamed Samhain already.

  20. barriejohn says:

    Brian Jordan: They must be mad. The only reason that Hallowe’en has the significance that it does nowadays (whatever its roots) is because of the Christian (ie Catholic) commemoration of Allhallowtide. THEY are the ones who have perpetuated this crazy myth that on that night the “veil” between the material and spiritual worlds is weakened. Do they not even understand their own church’s teaching?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallowtide

  21. Chad says:

    Amorth’s Wikipedia page gives a more detailed breakdown of what he considers an exorcism and helps explain the figures somewhat. He’s clearly still full of shite though.

  22. Peterat says:

    If one of his victims was posessed by 69,999 demons, he’d only have to perform one more to reach his lofty goal. Begs the question: can a victim of demonic possession be possessed by more than one demon? I’m sure this has been discussed in other forums for millenia.

  23. barriejohn says:

    Let’s clear this up once and for all, because I’d hate for the lovely man to be misrepresented:

    In October 2000, it was reported he had performed over 50,000 exorcisms (which ranged from “a few minutes” to “several hours” in length). In March 2010, he said that the number had increased to 70,000, corresponding to roughly eight exorcisms per day on average from 1986 to 2010. By May 2013 he said he had performed 160,000 exorcisms in the course of his ministry. Note that according to Father Amorth, each exorcism does not represent a victim of possession each, but rather each exorcism is counted as a prayer or ritual alone, and some possession victims are required hundreds of exorcisms.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriele_Amorth

    Now that’s much more believable, isn’t it?

  24. barriejohn says:

    (Amorth) said that the new rite of exorcism is “a farce. An incredible obstacle that is likely to prevent us from acting against the demon.” He observes that the new exorcism rite forbids exorcisms on people who have been reportedly subjected to evil spells. Father Amorth exclaimed, “Absurd! Evil spells are by far the most frequent causes of possessions and evil procured through the demon: at least 90% of cases. It is as good as telling exorcists they can no longer perform exorcisms.” He also noted that it also “Solemnly declares that one should not carry out exorcisms if one is not certain of the presence of the devil”, while “it is only through exorcism that the demons reveal themselves”. He considers the new rite, “A blunt weapon…. Efficacious prayers, prayers that had been in existence for twelve centuries, were suppressed and replaced by new ineffective prayers.” (Wikipedia)

    “Ineffective prayers” – you couldn’t make it up!

  25. 1859 says:

    @barriejohn: I actually thought, when I quickly skimmed the above passage, that I was reading something from a Harry Potter book!

    ‘Efficacious prayers’ versus ‘ineffective prayers’ – how such people love their big words…. ‘Prayers that work and prayers that don’t’….superstition that works and superstition that doesn’t…religion that works and religion that doesn’t….a kick in the arse that works and a kick in the arse that doesn’t…

    I wish I had reasoning powers to blow all superstition from the minds of the 7 billion people on earth! But alas…..

  26. barriejohn says:

    1859: “Harry Potter”. You’ve hit the nail on the head!

  27. Ex Patriot says:

    Next train to Hogwarts, I wish there was one, at least then one could be among the sane and rational wizards. I was also was wondering that among that group of exorcist’s if there is at least one or maybe two working brain cells.