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The Devil Made Me Do It! Exorcisms Becoming More Popular in Europe

By Alf Gordon(13,356)

Posted Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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Get ready, William Peter Blatty.  If it hasn't already begun, you're about to have a resurgence in popularity in Europe.  Why?  Exorcism is on the rise.

In Catholic regions of Europe, the church rite of expelling evil demons and spirits from human occupants is making a comeback.  There are 70 priests trained in exorcism in Poland, double the number of five years ago.  Over 300 exorcists practice in Italy, including the Rev. Gabriele Amorth, 82, who performs exorcisms daily in Rome and is the head of Europe's elite group of demon-battling priests.

What's the reason for the increased number of possessed individuals?  In an interview, Amorth said, "People don't pray anymore, they don't go to church, they don't go to confession. The devil has an easy time of it.  There's a lot more devil worship, people interested in satanic things and seances, and less in Jesus."

Rev. Wieslaw Jankowski, a priest with the Institute for Studies on the Family, a counseling center outside Warsaw, believes that activites that put people at risk include turning away from the church and embracing New Age therapies, alternative religions, or the occult; practicing yoga and other spiritual/physical activities; and being addicted to the Internet.

The Vatican has actually encouraged exorcisms in recent times, revising and upholding the rite in 1999, the first time in nearly 400 years.  In 2005 a Catholic university in Rome started offering courses in exorcism and now attracts students from around the world.

Those involved in the practice are very careful to distinguish true possession from mental and other psychological disorders.  They regularly consult on cases with doctors and psychologists.  Even in cases such as these, the Church provides a spiritual side to therapy that they say conventional medicine often ignores.  In those cases where the individual is indeed perceived to be controlled by evil forces, a "soft exorcism" is performed, consisting of prayer to remove the evil influence.  When full-blown possession is suspected, it is then the Church uses its power to confront the demon directly, ordering it to abandon its host.

In Poczernin, Poland, the Rev. Andrzej Trojanowski has received approval from the local Catholic archbishop and theological support from the Vatican to build what he calls a "spiritual oasis" that will become Europe's only center dedicated to performing exorcisms.  The afflicted could check in for several days and receive spiritual assistance for their maladies.  Nearby villagers, who were unaware of the plans and were not consulted concerning the center's location, said they are uneasy about the possibility of demons being released from their victims in their neighborhoods.  One resident said most people in the area are opposed to the idea unless the Church can guarantee the center would have adequate security.

My question is this:  How do you hold a demon once it leaves its host?  I recommend the Vatican call in Dr. Peter Venkman as a consultant.

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Comment by Kobra(1,428) (104 days 17 hours ago.)
I'm shocked that people actually believe in this stuff. Isn't it the 21st Century now? Get with the times.

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