- Feb 27, 2021
A Chilean archbishop is being questioned for performing an “exorcism” over his diocese from an airplane in an attempt to cast out the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month, two Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism – performing the rite at well-attended outdoor ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits lingering after acrimonious protests.
One kind of ministry, by its nature but also church mandate, shuns the limelight and remains discreet: Exorcism.
The guidelines come in response to a perception that there are too many rogue operators, both clerical and lay, who claim to perform exorcisms but who aren’t authorized to do so.
Italy being Italy, many of the unique moments during the country’s long coronavirus lockdown have involved the Catholic Church.
One long-time exorcist has sounded the alarm over an uptick in what he said is an aggressive increase in Satanism among young people, which he insists is due in part to the rapid growth of cultural secularism and a lack of strong role models.