Reports Of Demonic Possession Are On The Rise—So The Vatican Is Training More Exorcists

Reports Of Demonic Possession Are On The Rise—So The Vatican Is Training More Exorcists
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Updated 4 months ago

If you've been suspecting evil is on the rise, you are not alone. In response to an increased demand for exorcisms (nearly triple!) in Italy, the Vatican has introduced a new and improved exorcism training course to better facilitate the nearly 500,000 cases of demonic possession in the country each year. A trained exorcist, Father Benigno Palilla of Sicily, explained to Vatican Radio that the uptick in possessions is due to the evils of tarot cards and fortune tellers, both of which he claims "open the door to the devil and to possession.”  

In addition to the secular activities of fortune telling and tarot cards, Palilla also cited genuine psychological disorders as a culprit, while expressing wariness at the inexperience of newer priests. "A self-taught exorcist certainly meets errors," Palilla warned.

In April, the Vatican will host a week-long international course on the act of exorcism at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, a Catholic educational center in Rome. Palilla described the goal of the course as offering "a rich reflection and articulation on a topic that is sometimes unspoken and controversial."

And if Twitter is any indication, Palilla is right in describing the topic as controversial:

More than a few people wonder if the Vatican could help the power of Christ compel Americans as well:

Others pointed out that the Catholic church could focus on other problems:

It remains to be seen whether the Vatican's efforts to train more priests in the art of exorcism will result in fewer demonic forces in Italy. For many people, a global absence of evil would be a welcome change.