POPE FRANCIS has been captured on film performing an apparent exorcism to liberate a young man from demons. Most TELEVISUAL! As I understand it, without an eviction notice being first served by a bailiff, EXORCISM is the religious practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area which they are believed to have possessed. Depending on the spiritual beliefs of the exorcist, this may be done by causing the entity to swear an oath, performing an elaborate ritual, or simply by commanding it to depart in the name of a higher power. ‘Be gone…you…you tax avoiding demon! The EXORCIST, a consecrated priest will recite prayers and make use of icons and sacramentals, along the way invoking GOD, JESUS, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL, and no doubt today, the SPECIAL ONE, football manager Jose Mourinho. Sometimes several WEEKLY exorcisms over MANY years are required to expel a DEEPLY ENTRENCHED demon who may only want a roof over its head and ‘invalid care allowance’.
The ancient practice of exorcism is part of the belief system of several cultures and religions. Goes to show how Faiths, particularly the Christian Catholic Faith is still so dangerously BACKWARD AND CONTROLLING. Requested and performed exorcisms had begun to decline in the Western world by the 18th century due to advancements in medical understanding, and occurred rarely until the latter half of the 20th century when the public saw a sharp rise due to the media attention exorcisms were getting. There was a 50% increase in the number of exorcisms performed between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s, particularly after the release of the movie THE EXORCIST in 1973. Oh how predictable! Oh how…how…VOODOO! If you actually believe in DEMONS then you are LOST. There are good people, bad people, mentally ill people and indoctrinated people. Of course we are all susceptible to some extent to powerful visual images, but that doesn’t mean demons exist, it just means we can be frightened. Fifty years of horror movies will do that! Have you noticed how most exorcisms have been carried out on the poor and the uneducated? Who working on Wall Street or living in Mayfair is the subject of an exorcism?
The Catholic rite for a formal exorcism, called a ‘Major Exorcism,’ is given in Section 13 of the Rituale Romanum. (Thank you Wikipedia). The Ritual lists guidelines for conducting an exorcism, and for determining when a formal exorcism is required. Priests are instructed to carefully determine that the nature of the affliction is not actually a psychological or physical illness before proceeding. I suppose in the world of SCIENCE an afflicted person might undergo ELECTRO SHOCK therapy. As far as I am concerned, both the exorcism and the electro shock treatment are barbaric. I don’t mean to crap over someone’s beliefs, but you really have to be NUTS to believe demons actually exist, now or ever.
World famous EXORCIST of Rome, 88-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth claims to have carries out 160,000 exorcisms. I wonder if MONEY changes hands, and if a FEE is involved, can one pay by credit card? It gets worse! Founded in 1990 there even exists an ‘INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EXORCISTS.’ Yea Gods! Even now there is a twist in the tale! With the popularity of ‘True Blood’ and the ‘Twilight’ movies, young people are said to be dabbling in the Occult and drinking other people’s blood! Why in 2012 the diocese of Milan even set up an EXORCISM HOTLINE. Father Amorth is both critical of fantasy novels and YOGA, saying the latter was ‘satanic and leads to evil, like reading HARRY POTTER’. Err perhaps the Father meant YODA, not yoga? The catholic Church is a CASH COW. Logically anything that threatens its authority must be considered evil!
Folks, if the devil lives anywhere, he lives in my TROUSERS. Come and exorcise that if you think you’re hard enough!