There are not enough exorcists

is not a statement I agree with.

A Catholic priest is warning the world of imminent demonic activity, apparently. Going by this Newsweek article:

An Irish priest has put out an urgent call for backup to help with the growing demand for exorcisms in the country, according to reports.

“It’s only in recent years that the demand [for exorcisms] has risen exponentially,” Father Pat Collins said, adding that anyone who doesn’t see the need for more exorcists is “out of touch with reality.” Collins wrote an open letter to Irish bishops asking them to begin training more priests to deal with exorcisms, and he cited the International Association of Exorcists’ belief that demonic activity has increased substantially in recent years.

What a load of backward thinking and absurdity. Instead of pushing for the Catholic Church to use its power as a force for actual positive change in the world, he’s thinking a few rounds of “Get the behind me, demon” will solve the world’s problems.

Each Catholic diocese in Ireland is required to have a trained exorcist who can identify whether a person is suffering from mental illness or has been possessed.

Collins has been speaking out about the activities of what he has called “the evil one” for years. He is widely considered Ireland’s most prominent exorcist, and he has also advocated for the church to take a more active role in demon hunting.

I wonder if this man also thinks Supernatural is reality TV.

I also wonder how many people with treatable mental illnesses are getting “misdiagnosed” by these supposedly well-meaning exorcists and put through literal hell to “save” them from a figurative one.

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