Demand for exorcisms is up, so Vatican is holding conference

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By:, USA TODAY Published 2:12 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2018


The Vatican hopes to step up its game against demon possessions with a week-long conference to address a threefold increase in demand or exorcists.

The church is particularly alarmed over the uneven skills of some of its current exorcists and worried about priests who are no longer willing to learn the techniques.

… Friar Beningo Palilla, told Vatican Radio there are some 500,000 cases requiring exorcism in Italy each year.

While many of the cases are not actually related to demonic possession, but to spiritual or psychological problems, he conceded, they nonetheless must be investigated.

“We priests, very often, do not know how to deal with the concrete cases presented to us: in the preparation for the priesthood, we do not talk about these things,” he said.

Palilla is particularly concerned about some do-it-yourselfers within the priesthood.

“A self-taught exorcist certainly meets errors,” he said. “I will say more: it would also take a period of apprenticeship, as happens for many professionals.”

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