According to this report, high levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the exorcism which was “carried out quietly” in the Cathedral of San Luis Potos, no doubt to take Satan and his hordes by surprise.
Íñiguez presided at the closed-door ceremony, which was also attended by Archbishop Jesús Carlos Cabrero of San Luis Potosí, Spanish demonologist and exorcist Father José Antonio Fortea and a smaller group of priests and laypeople.
The event was not made known to the general public beforehand. According to Archbishop Cabrero, the reserved character of the May 20 ceremony was intended to avoid:
Any misguided interpretations of the ritual.
Fortea, above, said that:
The exorcism performed in San Luís Potosí is the first ever carried out in Mexico in which the exorcists came from different parts of the country and gathered together to exorcise the powers of darkness, not from a person, but from the whole country.This rite of exorcism, beautiful and liturgical, had never before taken place in any part of the world.
The Spanish exorcist explained, however, that the ritual will not automatically change the difficult situation Mexico is going through in a single day.
It would be a big mistake to think that by performing a full-scale exorcism of the country everything would automatically change right away.
We don’t drive out all the evil spirits from a country with just one ceremony. But even though all will not be expelled, those that were removed are not there anymore.
When the exorcists of a country drive out its demons, it has to be done in faith. You’re not going to see anything, feel anything; there’s not going to be any extraordinary phenomenon. We have to have faith that God conferred on the apostles a power and that we can use this power.
Fortea said that he would now like to see other countries perform the exorcismo magno under the supervision of bishops.
The bishop is the shepherd, and he can use the power he has received to drive away the invisible wolves from the sheep. Since Satan is like a roaring lion, prowling around looking for someone to devour, the shepherds can drive away the predator from the victim.
But while crime still poses a very real threat to Mexicans – roughly 15,649 murders were officially recorded in the country in 2014 – one is more likely to die there from the effects of … sugary drinks.
A study by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University estimates a staggering 24,000 Mexicans die each year from diabetes, cancer and heart disease that are linked to products like Coca Cola and Gatorade.