In lengthy interviews with The Telegraph, the two exorcists discuss how the increase in drug and pornography addiction, failure of the mental healthcare system and a rise in popularity of "pagan activities", such as using a Ouija board to summon the dead, are among the factors contributing to the huge increase in demand for the Rite. Warning that "evil is a reality", the priests debunk several of the myths around exorcisms, discussing how they decide who is eligible for an exorcism, how the procedure is carried out and some of their most notable cases.
The Rite of Exorcism is a Roman Catholic healing ministry traditionally shrouded in secrecy. Whether a diocese even has an official exorcist is the sole decision of its bishop. In the past, exorcists’ names were kept secret to protect priests from frivolous requests; today contact details can be found on the internet. But there is still no central database for the number of exorcisms performed.
For years after the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council or Vatican II (1962-65), which resulted in new Church practices deemed compatible with the contemporary world, it was taboo for priests to speak of Satan as if he really existed. Then, in 2004, Pope John Paul II sounded the alarm that occult and New Age activity was raging out of control in Europe, providing gateways for evil that could result in demonic attachment and possession. (Read more.)Share