Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Catholic Church Held Exorcist Weekend

The Catholic Church registered well over 100 priests and bishops for a two-day weekend workshop in Baltimore over the November 12th, 2010 weekend. The workshop was to train the attendees in the ritual of Exorcism.

According to an Illinois Bishop, "a small group of priests" claim to receive requests for exorcisms from across the continental United States, but very few are trained to perform the Exorcism rite. A staple of modern, American, horror cinema (thanks in large part to the Oscar-winning The Exorcist from 1973, based on the book of the same name by William Peter Blatty), Exorcism is a very real and scared Catholic rite.

Though extremely rare, exorcisms do take place in modern America. Most professionals believe victims of "dæmonic possession" to be mentally ill; most consider them "paranoid schizophrenic," a classification some medical communities around the world have since dropped.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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