by Aaron Maxwell • • October 17, 2016
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.” Read the rest of this article at Church Militant



  1. Please, I am a deacon and i am writing a project on exorcism but I need the rite of exorcisms to complete the work. I was unable to get it from a published material except online resources which is not allowed.

    • It appears that the official policy of the Roman Catholic church is to restrict access to the Rite of Exorcism to only those approved to perform the Rite, such as Priests or the Diocesan Exorcist. However many copies abound online including the one used by Fr. Malichi Martin who wrote the book; Hostage to the Devil, which I hear is soon to be released as a movie.

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