What is it like to see demons everywhere?

A book was recently published about a professional exorcist. Fr. Gabriele Amorth works in Rome and claims awareness of satanic sects working in the Vatican.

The book, “Father Amorth. Memoirs of an Exorcist. My life fighting against Satan.” was written by Marco Tosatti, who compiled it from interviews with the priest.

Fr. Amorth was asked by Tosatti how he knows Vatican clergy are involved. He answered, “I know from those who have been able to relate it to me because they had a way of knowing directly. And it’s something ‘confessed’ most times by the very demon under obedience during the exorcisms.”

According to Amorth, even the Pope buys into this.

Benedict XVI, being German, comes from a place “decidedly averse to these things,” argued Fr. Amorth, saying that in Germany “there practically aren’t any exorcists.” However, he clarified, “the Pope believes (in them).”

The Italian priest also warned of the existence of bishops and priests who do not believe in Satan in the interview. “And yet, in the Gospel, Jesus speaks extensively about it, so it should be said, either they’ve never read the Gospel or they just don’t believe it!”

That last line gives me the giggles. Inconceivable! They shill this shit like it’s God’s word but don’t take it seriously themselves? Hilarious! It’s also sad and despicable and if they willingly spread information they know is false, shouldn’t that fall under some criminal category? It’s a deceitful con job at the very least.

Of course, none of it is false for Amorth, or Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea Cucurul, a theologian who focuses primarily on demonology (bizarro!), who tut-tuts the exorcist’s conclusions. But not because he’s deluded:

After reading reports of Fr. Amorth’s accusations pointing a finger at members of the clergy, including cardinals, Fr. Fortea declared that it is a “duty of justice” to speak out in their defense.

Noting that some prelates “are more spiritual and others more earthly, some more virtuous and others more human,” he wrote on his blog, “from there to affirm that some cardinals are members of Satanic sects is an unacceptable distance.”

The Spanish priest then explained the sources of information used by Fr. Amorth to say that Satanic sects are operating in the Vatican.

Doomsayers and apocalypse whores who think they’ve gotten a message from God through radio waves or white noise or cheese-induced dreams descend on the Vatican with alarming regularity. Some think they’re possessed, some take Dan Brown too damn seriously, and others are plain old whack jobs.

Fr. Fortea added that the only acceptable stance is to suspend judgment of the messages while they are subjected to time-intensive discernment, “sometimes months for each one of the cases.”

The other source Fr. Amorth refers to, according to Fr. Fortea, is the demons who are being exorcised. Of this, the Spanish priest wrote that knowing whether or not the demon is telling the truth “is in many cases impossible.”

What’s really sad is that he can’t come out and just say this is all a bunch of hooey and demons don’t exist. No, he has to say, “Demons lie sometimes.”

Sheesh.

Fr. Fortea also defended those implicated in Fr. Amorth’s statements, stating, “Our College of Cardinals, if we compare it with past centuries is the most edifying and virtuous that history has ever known. One would have to go back to the epoch of the Roman Empire to find a body of electors so distanced from all earthly pretension as the current one is.

I don’t think he means the lot of them are too senile to know what planet they’re on so, I will have to take his word on that. I’m not going to fart around trying to prove him wrong. I suppose one Cardinal making homophobic comments doesn’t mean they all molested young boys in Ireland when they were bishops and priests. And anyway, it doesn’t matter; they’re all edifying and virtuous Cardinals now, dammit!

He concluded by emphasizing, “Statements must be proven, especially when they are about such grave accusations that affect the honorability of those who form part of the Head of the Church as far as they help the Supreme Pastor.”

Slander and defamation are concerns, of course. It’s bad form to go around insisting people did things they haven’t done and publish books where the only reality in them is the paper, glue and ink. It’s one thing to theorize and suspect and another thing to actually stand up and hollar, “J’accuse!” or whatever.

I guess what really gets me with this story is how pointless it is. Of all the things they should be concerned about in this world, and they’re wasting time with demonology and exorcism? Their priorities are so skewed, they have to be mocked. This is not the dark ages. This is not the middle ages. I don’t even know what age this is, but I certainly hope it’s not the age of idiocy. If it is, it’s a brand new low.


edit 7:39am: just found Paliban Daily’s post about this, including quotes from interviews with the exorcist. Fun reading!

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