Thursday, March 11, 2010

"That dang Devil made us do it," sez Vatican.

Don Gabriele Amorth, top dog in the exorcist biz over on the Vatican Hill, said: "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican [City]", and the sex abuse scandals are proof. Fr. Amorth, 85, said that satanic infiltration included "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".

Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, a Rome-based exorcist, said that Father Amorth had "gone well beyond the evidence" in claiming that Satan has infiltrated the Vatican [City]. Rome, maybe.

"Cardinals might be better or worse..." but many have erect intentions, he said.

Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil manifests himself with afflictions in the person he possesses. He said that every church should have an exorcist. Under Church Canon Law any priest can perform exorcisms. Only a chosen few are trained in the ancient rites.

He is the president of honor of the Association of Exorcists and downright opposes the 'blunt sword' approach.

Well, that's their story. Now let's see if they stick to it. Oh, and avoid the split pea soup.

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