February 18, 2008
It’s amazing what gets reported as news:
THE Catholic Church has revealed how growing interest in satanism and the occult has led to a rise in exorcisms across Queensland.
Well, for starters this statement is a little misleading. To be clear, what is actually on the rise is the rate of exorcism ceremonies being carried out. There is no evidence to suggest that any of these anecdotally reported cases involves anything that could be construed as supernatural demonic possession.
One priest, who asked not to be named for fear of “reprisals”, said he was carrying out at least one exorcism a fortnight.
Reprisals from who pray tell? Satan? Demons? The police? Other, saner priests?