My Mother, the Exorcist

By Stephen Bush May 9th, 2014 for the telegraph.co.uk
Most British people will greet the news that almost 200 Roman Catholic priests are to be trained as exorcists with a raised eyebrow. Sixty-five percent of us don’t believe in the Devil; even among committed Christians, only a quarter believe in demonic possession.
Giuseppe Ferrari, of GRIS, the Catholic research group that has organised the conference in Rome, believes that this small army of exorcists is needed to combat a rising tide of paganism, occult superstition and black magic as people turn away from religion and towards secularism.
Unsurprisingly for an atheist, I don’t believe that secularism has left the path open to the Devil; but I think there’s a decent chance that these 200-odd priests may end up doing a lot of good.
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Parents tried to Exorcise Daughter

Parents ‘tried to exorcise daughter, 10 (year old)
18 Jan 2013 The Telegraph UK

A couple living in Sweden have been charged with child abuse for trying to exorcise their daughter at age 10 because they thought she was a witch, a prosecutor said.

The couple, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, “think their daughter is a witch and reject the accusation” of abuse, Daniel Larson, a prosecutor in the western Swedish town of Boraas, said on Friday. Continue reading