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Vatican says there is a shortage of priests available for “exorcisms”
A rise in demand for exorcisms has caused a shortage of priests able to carry them out, the Vatican’s exorcist has warned.
The church says that a sharp rise in people wanting to experiment with satanism and the occult means that more and more people are seeking out exorcisms, believing they have been overtaken by evil forces.
But as demand grows, there is a lack of priests able to carry out the ceremonies to battle the Devil’s work, causing a real ’emergency’ within the Catholic Church.
A rise in demand for exorcisms has caused a shortage of priests able to carry them out, the Vatican’s exorcist has warned. Pictured is a scene from the film The Exorcist
And Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and consultant to the Vatican endorsed International Association of Exorcists, says there are not enough priests to deal with the number of exorcisms needed to be carried out.
He told Italian newspaper La Stampa: ‘The lack of exorcists is a real emergency. There is a pastoral emergency as a result of a significant increase in the number of diabolical possessions that exorcist priests are confronting.
‘The number of exorcists has increased in recent years, but there are still not enough to deal with a dramatic situation that affects, above all, young people who use the internet a lot.’
Now he is calling for a training college or university to be set up where Catholic priests would be taught how to carry out exorcisms.
He added: ‘There doesn’t exist a training institution at university level. We need an interdisciplinary approach in which science collaborates with religion, and psychiatrists work with demonologists and exorcists.’
Dr Cascioli’s comments come as the Catholic Church in the UK also reported a rise in exorcisms with the increase being blamed on Harry Potter, alcohol and pornography.
The UK also reported a rise in exorcisms with the increase being blamed on Harry Potter, pictured, alcohol and pornography
Two exorcists reported an increase in people asking priests to cleanse their bodies of demons, saying the nation’s obsession with the supernatural and a fall in those practicing Christianity is the cause.
One of the priests told the Times that non-Christian beliefs coupled with pornography and alcohol consumption, leads people to want to rid ‘satan’ from their bodies.
He explained: ‘It’s normal for humans to have a morbid fascination with the idea of a battle with evil and, to paint a caricature, the exorcist coming like a wizard to help.’
The priest also added that Pope Francis’ public denouncing of the Devil has restored belief of Satan as a real figure, saying that some people were coming to them claiming a ‘demonic presence had full control’ of their bodies.