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Mon Feb 26 13:34:45
... I'm very happy about this development. The catholic church should get back to its roots and focus on what really matters: fighting the devil!


Vatican sets up new exorcism training courses as demand triples in Italy

23 February 2018

The Vatican has had to set up exorcism training courses to cope with demand after the number of requests for their services tripled in Italy over the space of a few years.

That's according to Sicilian priest and trained exorcist Benigno Palilla, who told Vatican Radio that there were about 500,000 cases requiring exorcism in Italy each year.

Palilla blamed the rise in demand on a growing number of people seeking the services of fortune tellers and Tarot readers. Such practices "open the door to the devil and to possession", he claimed. However, he noted that many cases were not actually related to demonic possession, but to spiritual or psychological problems.

Figures from consumer organization Codacons in October 2017 showed that 13 million Italians, or a quarter of adults in the country, regularly visited astrologers, card readers, or fortune tellers. That number was up by 3 million on 2001, and may well have been influenced by the economic crisis.

A separate report from 2014 showed that job loss was one of the top reasons for Italians seeking out these services, which represent a market worth an estimated €8 billion.

Palermo priest Palilla holds training courses in the Sicilian capital, which have the blessing of the Bishops' Conference. Experts on sects and Satanism will also speak at his course. However, he said that younger priests were less willing to train as exorcists.

Exorcism is recognized under canon law, after the Vatican in 2014 gave its backing to the International Association of Exorcists.The group built on an Italian association set up in 1991 by Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist.

This association has around 400 members, 240 of them based in Italy.

Exorcism rites should only occur with authorization from the diocesis and the practice is not without controversy. There have been some cases of phony exorcists sexually assaulting women and children under the guise of faith healing.
Wrath of Orion
Mon Feb 26 14:06:47
Will these people be able to exorcise the cheeto out of The Donald??
the wanderer
Mon Feb 26 18:41:02
do you have to pay for the service? (or any expectation of donation?)

they might be in league w/ the fortune tellers
Mon Feb 26 20:15:15
I wonder how much "Exorcism training" still exists because Hollywood movies about exorcisms are still pretty bankable. I mean, does anyone think some catholic priest will know how to battle with demonic forces?
Wrath of Orion
Mon Feb 26 22:00:31
They have made movies and TV shows that can serve as training films.

For example, what's the best color to wear to avoid obvious stains when your possessed subject spits up green pea soup on you?
Cherub Cow
Mon Feb 26 22:50:26
As a Satanist, I'm unhappy about this and wish that the Catholic Church would stop worrying so much and learn to love the Overlord of Flies. Hail Satan!
Mon Feb 26 23:00:27
Baldr the indestructible is the only true god.
Tue Feb 27 01:07:25
Any exorcism that doesn't include this song is doomed to fail:

Tue Feb 27 01:08:49
Yours does mention the devil, but I prefer this one:

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Tue Feb 27 02:50:19

They could use some of the posters in this forum as practice subjects.

Tentacle Rapist
Wed Feb 28 15:58:00
As a catholic I'm very happy was as far as I read because it's obviously all bullshit. You are not allowed to be happy and Catholic at the same time and you know it!!!
Wed Feb 28 16:28:30
And how!
Thu Mar 01 02:59:05
A lot of deranged lunatics on this board. The only one worthy of our secular admiration is God emperor Steve Jobs and all the tangible good he created for peoplekind.
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