- Jul 9, 2020
The devil is “a loser,” but he still tricks people into giving him power, Pope Francis said during his morning Mass.
Hollywood invention aside, real-world exorcists say that the actual practice is a lot more mundane.
With reported demonic possessions on the rise in Italy, the Vatican is hosting a week-long training to better prepare exorcists for ministry. Catholic leaders have said that the country needs more exorcists, and better training.
An exorcist says that the devil is behind things like divorce which are are attacks on the family. He said, “Even today, and I’m more than 50 years old, just thinking that my mother and father love each other forever, I find comfort and courage. In contrast, the children of separated parents are more fragile and wavering.”
“The Church could end up causing more harm than good if it labels a person as being possessed, and that label doesn’t allow the person to get the true help that they need, perhaps from their medical doctor or from a mental health professional. You could have these professionals who are just preying on people’s misery, and they could actually be making things a lot worse,” said Father Vince Lampert of the International Association of Exorcists.
“We’re in a struggle for souls. Our adversary is the devil,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has warned, adding that Satan appreciates the irony that humanity cannot appreciate Jesus’ mission without him and that he “exploits this to his full advantage.”