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The Francis Era
Pope Approves Exorcist Group, Proves He's Still Catholic

The Pope has once again proved that he’s a Catholic, this time in a way that’s sure to scandalize the modern mind: Today the Vatican officially approved the International Association of Exorcists. The IAE is a collection of around 250 priests located in thirty different countries who preform exorcisms, the Catholic ritual to de-demonize possessed individuals. Thanks to Francis’s Vatican, they now have official status and are acknowledged under canon law, the Church’s internal legal system. The Belfast Telegraph has more:

More than his predecessors, Pope Francis speaks frequently about the devil, and last year was seen placing his hands on the head of a man purportedly possessed by four demons in what exorcists said was a prayer of liberation from Satan.

The head of the association, the Rev Francesco Bamonte, said the Vatican approval was cause for joy.

“Exorcism is a form of charity that benefits those who suffer,” he told the paper.

Outside the narrow world of the Western elite, full-blooded, traditional religion isn’t fading in the 21st century; rather, it’s resurgent. For many people worldwide, the devil is not just a movie character but a very real presence, and exorcists a very real protection against him. Love it or hate it, the Catholic Church, beliefs in demons and all, isn’t going anywhere.

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  • Dan King

    It’s not often that I catch misspellings here, but there are two in one sentence. I think it should read “status” instead of “statues.” Further, the law is “canon,” not “cannon.”

    Have a nice day!

  • FriendlyGoat

    This Pope has clearly asked people everywhere to 1) See Jesus, and 2) Act on a concern for the poor. That is enough. We do not need to criticize him on minor details such as IAE, because his main vision is correct for Christianity, and because”The Church” is not giving you a better Pope than this one anytime soon, possibly ever. (No, I am not Catholic, but I can discern the difference between Francis and Benedict.)

  • Boritz

    What do the resumes for members of such a group look like? &nbspThe responsibilities and accomplishments sections would be interesting to read. &nbspAre they ever confused with the IAEA?

  • B-Sabre

    We should see if we can’t book the IAE an appointment at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC. How about 2:00 pm next Thursday?

  • hombre111

    The Devil is most present in organizations, which can wreak much greater harm than the total malice of all the individuals who make up the organization.

  • MrEveryman

    Hocus -Pockus: It’s Halloween time !!! Maybe Pope Francis can have the exorcists supervise the Legion (Mark 5: 9).

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