Demand for Exorcists Skyrockets

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by Aaron Maxwell  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 17, 2016   

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Rome (ChurchMilitant.com) - Calls for exorcism in Italy are sharply on the rise, with some church experts even calling the shortage of exorcists an "emergency."

Father Vincenzo Taraborelli, the new Vatican head exorcist who replaced recently deceased Fr. Gabriele Amorth, says the request for exorcisms in Italy this year alone have exceeded 500,000, and there are not enough exorcists to fulfill the demand.

He commented, "There are only nine of us left and many more are needed. We need other priests like me to meet the needs of so many families." Father Vincenzo he sees about 30 people a day.

Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, commented, "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."

Cascioli went on, "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."

"There is a broad spread of superstitious practices," he continued, "and with that a growing number of requests for help from people who are directly or indirectly struck by evil." He added, "It is dangerous to underestimate a phenomenon that is caused by the direct actions of the devil, but also by a decline in faith and values."

Father Ildebrando Di Fulvio, exorcist in the diocese of Frosinone in Italy, has been receiving more calls from people asking for his help "countering the strength of the devil." He remarked that most people who are possessed either attended a satanic mass or joined a satanic cult.

He said the signs to tell if someone is possessed are deformed facial expressions, cavernous voices, spitting up food or metal objects they never ate, speaking in ancient languages they don't know, being abnormally strong and exhibiting "violent reactions to prayers of liberation and to holy water."

Father Aldo Buonaiuto said that about 10 million people in Italy have visited wizards, witches and fortune tellers seeking relief, but who are not true exorcists and only worsen the situation. He also said about fake exorcists, "Most of them are charlatans who dupe desperate customers, but among them are some satanists."

The call for exorcisms are on the rise in America as well. Just in the last decade the number of exorcists in America has increased from 12 to 50. Father Gary Thomas and Fr. Vincent Lampert, two prominent exorcists in the United States, claim addiction to drugs, pornogrophy, the rise in occult activities like playing with the Ouija board, as well as loss of faith and Mass attendance have increased the incidences of demonic possession.

"We're gaining all sorts of knowledge, but there’s still that emptiness within us that is being filled with addictive behavior such as drugs and pornography," Fr. Lampert said. "The decline in faith goes hand in hand with the rise in evil."

 

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