It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The Catholic Church has established an exorcist hotline in Milan, its biggest diocese, to cope with demand. Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the diocese’s chief exorcist since 1995, said the curia had also appointed twice as many exorcists to cope with a doubling in the number of requests for help over 15 years.
The Monsignor said he knew of one exorcist who had been seeing up to 120 people a day. “But with so little time per client he was only able to offer a quick blessing. That’s not enough,” he said. ”There should be two to four appointments a day, no more, otherwise it’s too much.”
Father Amorth also took a dim view of fantasy novels and yoga. Practising the latter, he once warned, was “satanic; it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter”.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Is this a solemn religious rite and ceremony for clearing a possessed person of evil? (Which, by the way, I do believe is very real and happens, albeit rarely) or is this the religious version of prescribing antibiotics for the common cold because the patient demanded some? 120 in a day?? Really?! What was it? a line around the block? I mean.. I'm trying to picture this in my mind and it's not working for a real world scene. We're talking exorcism in the traditional and true meaning as they present it.
“Usually the parents call [because they are] concerned about a child who won’t go to school or who’s taking drugs or rebelling. In reality it’s not a demon, but when they’re 18 years old young people don’t want to be told what to do.”
The Monsignor said that all those who sought help were welcomed. But he added: “The real diabolical phenomena, at least in my experience, are very rare.” He said that “mental phenomena, mental and psychiatric disorders” were often to blame for unusual behaviour.
Okay, when Harry Potter is linked to demonic possession I believe we've gotten out where the buses don't run anymore and things are just a little funny all around.