22 September 2014

Exorcists wanted in Malta after 'spike in devil-worshipping practices'

 - Thursday, 09 January 2014, 08:55

The Catholic Church is training more priests to be able to carry out exorcisms – including, apparently, in Malta, 'where a spike in devil-worshipping practices has caused concern among Catholics' – in a bid to address a growth in occult worship, international media are reporting.

According to The Daily Beast, training programmes to train priests seeking to perform exorcisms have been launched in Italy, Spain and Malta.

Fr Vincenzo Taraborelli, a 76-year-old Rome-based priest who has been carrying out exorcisms for the past 50 years and who has trained hundreds of priests to perform the rite, is one of the priests involved in the new training programmes launched in Italy.

His services are in great demand – he performs up to 100 exorcisms in some weeks – even though he concedes that the need for an exorcism is actually very rare.

However, the Catholic Church is also seeking to address quality control and put an end to what Fr Taraborelli describes as the “dangerous” practice of exorcism by untrained novices.

Perhaps the most popular perception of what exorcists do is based on the 1973 horror film The Exorcist, but actual exorcists often emphasise that the rite is not quite as sensational as people may believe.

Fr Taraborelli explains that the church is very clear on the rite, pointing out that the person requesting the exorcism must be seen by medical professionals to ensure that what is perceived to be demonic possession is not mental illness – which may present similar symptoms.

The exorcists must themselves go to confession or otherwise clear their own soul before they officiate over the rite, wearing a purple stole over a simple tunic.

The possessed person then kneels before the priest, who sprinkles holy water on himself, the penitent and any bystanders who may be present. A string of prayers follows, before the exorcist attempts to drive the devil away with a special prayer.

The process may be repeated as often as necessary. Should it work, Fr Taraborelli explains, the newly-liberated person is urged to spend a lot of time in serious prayer, which he compares to taking vitamins after getting rid of a bad bout of flu.





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Victor Gelfo says:
10 January 2014 10:02

this is pure alienation.
when are we going to realise that all the gods and demons are allegories of our subconscious, and that they don't have an existance outsife our psyche.
seems someone is intent on selling some product!

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V Mercieca says:
09 January 2014 21:43

From some of the comments I see that some people are not taking serious the great power the devil has over humans.
I do not think that it is a good thing to suggest to these people to go and read the gospels because if they ever read the bible they would not be writing the way they wrote.
In Matthew Chapter 17 there is one incident where Jesus saves a boy who was possessed by a devil as the disciples were not able save this boy themselves.
14 As they were rejoining the crowd a man came up to him and went down on his knees before him.
15 'Lord,' he said, 'take pity on my son: he is demented and in a wretched state; he is always falling into fire and into water.
16 I took him to your disciples and they were unable to cure him.'
17 In reply, Jesus said, 'Faithless and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.'
18 And when Jesus rebuked it the devil came out of the boy, who was cured from that moment.
19 Then the disciples came privately to Jesus. 'Why were we unable to drive it out?' they asked.
20 He answered, 'Because you have so little faith. In truth I tell you, if your faith is the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.'

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Phyllisienne Brincat says:
09 January 2014 21:27

Mark 16:16-17 KJV
[16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. [17] And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

These are my Lord, Jesus Christ's words.  This is very clear, who ever believe Jesus, he can cast out demons IN HIS NAME! IN HIS NAME ONLY THERE IS POWER not in holy, water, cross or praying to Mary etc! We cannot add or take away from the word of God otherwise we will be condemned! Rev. 22:18-20.

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Mark Camilleri says:
09 January 2014 13:51

The only trouble is that most Satanists do not worship the Devil. They are atheists

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V Mercieca says:
09 January 2014 21:20

If they are atheists they do not believe in the devil also.
The word satanists comes from the name Satan - a high ranking devil

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James Alexander Tyrrell says:
09 January 2014 12:40

I honestly believe that it's time for all Catholics to wake up and realise that we are now living in the 21st century. What next, burning of witches at City Gate? Might attract the tourists mind you.

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Antoine Vella says:
09 January 2014 11:24

I'm sure that Minister Karmenu vella - who is very alert - is well-aware of this new niche: exorcist tourism.

Let's build 5-star exorcist hotels with holy water swimming pools (preferably ODZ) and attract possessed individuals. But they must be rich and of high calibre.

True, we will end up with a bunch of evicted demons, floating around looking for new hosts but, who cares? As long as we make bucketfuls of money . . . should be more lucrative than hawking passports.

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mrcobbjr . says:
09 January 2014 17:21

Now, this is a great business idea!  And if any of the rich and high calibre individuals become zombies, rather than saved, you can switch right into zombie killings, at the next hotel over.

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Andrew Camilleri says:
09 January 2014 11:20

Is the devil afraid of the colour purple? Is he also afraid of 'holy water'? When I read these things, I think: "this can't be serious".

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John Vella says:
09 January 2014 09:57

This is only the beginning. Yesterday I read the Satanist of New York want to raise a statue of Satin in Washington D.C., of Baphomet (the goat face) sitting with two children on his lap, and the Satanists of Oklahoma unveiled a design for an Oklahoma Baphomet Statue to be placed in Oklahoma.
We have been foretold of all this will come to pass. Now let those who have eyes keep them wide open.

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mrcobbjr . says:
09 January 2014 17:28

Do you know why they are doing this?  Because, despite a separation of church and state in the USA, Christians are insistent on placing religious symbols on government property.  So, turnabout is fair play.  Basically this is what this whole ridiculous debacle is about in Oklahoma.

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Ramon Casha says:
09 January 2014 09:49

I'm torn. I can't make up my mind which is the more ridiculous - devil worship or exorcism.

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