by David Nussman  •  •  February 26, 2018

Rome to hold exorcism conference in April to respond to crisis

ROME ( – The need for exorcisms in Italy [and elsewhere] has skyrocketed, and the Vatican is trying to respond.

A week-long training conference for priests about exorcism is on the calendar for later this year. It will last from April 16–21 at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

Some exorcism experts, according to Vatican News, say the number of requests for exorcism in Italy is over 500,000 annually. According to some estimates, the demand in Italy has been at this level since 2016 — about triple what it was in previous years.

Father Benigno Palilla, a Franciscan friar and exorcist in the Sicilian town of Palermo, told the press that the purpose of the upcoming exorcism conference in Rome is “to offer a rich reflection and articulation on a topic that is sometimes unspoken and controversial.”

The interviewer noted that some requests for exorcism are really based on natural causes, such as psychological disorders. Before performing the Rite of Exorcism, there is a sort of screening process, so to speak, to make sure the person in question is indeed suffering from something supernatural.

The Franciscan priest affirmed that the increased demand is mainly due to an increased interest in the occult, he said, “Because the amount of people has grown that are ready to go to the wizards, the sorcerer who reads the cards and tarot cards. Doing so opens the door to the devil and to possession.”

Father Palilla was involved in a recent four-day conference on exorcism in Palermo that had the sponsorship of the Sicilian bishops’ conference.

After all, the demoniacs are the existential peripheries to which Pope Francis drives us.Tweet

Speaking with Vatican News in Italian, Fr. Palilla reasoned, “After all, the demoniacs are the existential peripheries to which Pope Francis drives us. They are people who suffer a lot and, unfortunately, are not included in the registry of the Church.”

In the interview piece published February 22, Fr. Palilla lamented the lack of solid training in exorcism at modern-day seminaries. “We priests,” he claimed, “very often do not know how to deal with the concrete cases presented to us; in the preparation for the priesthood, we do not talk about these things.”

Father Palilla also expressed concern about priests who try to perform an exorcism without proper training. He went on to warn of fake exorcists who are not even priests and who sometimes use superstitions and occult practices — the very things which often cause demonic possession.

Among the planned speakers for the international conference in April will be Fr. Cesare Truqui, a pupil of the late Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of Rome. Father Amorth passed away in September 2016 at the age of 91.

He had been a priest for over 60 years. In 1990, Fr. Amorth founded the International Association of Exorcists.

The now-deceased exorcist once said during an interview, “The Devil is gaining ground. We are living in an age when faith is diminishing. If you abandon God, the Devil will take His place.”

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  1. Wherever there is a decline in receiving the sacraments and attending mass there will be an increase in diabolical possession and demonic phenomena. Add to that the decline in numbers of priests and baptisms, along with the increase in non-Christian immigrants who have not been baptized. Also, that many of those priests are heretical modernists puts the actual number of believing Catholics much lower. Unless there is some major change in church policy and the traditional Latin Mass becomes more widely available, the demand for exorcisms from people being oppressed by demons will rise. Certainly, a few more lectures on climate change and economic policies will do nothing to counter the spiritual attacks from the legions of hell. Satan must laugh every time Bergoglio and his minions start whining their situation ethics agenda.

  2. No doubt, Howl. Any hierarch who ignores or, worse, defends sods will share their fate eternally, per St. Peter Damian.
    As for exorcisms….
    We’re down to squad-size fire fights, now. Any institutional effort at this point will be too little, too late. And, literally, they haven’t, in the main, a clue where to begin. Amorth roundly critiqued some newfangled JPII-invented Rite years ago.
    (It just gave demons the giggles.)
    A Thomist and exorcist, Fr. Ripperger, does an excellent job explaining the spectrum of realities of his work on a series of outstanding YouTube videos.
    He also founded an association for laity and clerics to join this war as individuals, Auxilium Christianorum. The prayers are in support of his and his associate exorcists’ work and are Traditional litanies and propositions perfectly safe for anyone to use.
    Exorcism requires legal authority and anyone, priest or not, who tries to deliver a genuinely possessed individual runs a high risk of being literally destroyed by the evil angel(s) involved. Not. Good.
    Anyway, Google Y/T to learn more and the Aux. Christianorum site is online, as well.

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