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Vatican: Pope didn't perform exorcism
May 21st, 2013
02:55 PM ET

Vatican: Pope didn't perform exorcism

By Dan Merica, CNN
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(CNN) – A Vatican spokesman on Tuesday refuted claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism on a man in St. Peter’s Square after Mass on Sunday. But he did not altogether deny the encounter.

“The Holy Father had no intention to perform any exorcism,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement. “Instead, as he frequently does for the sick and suffering persons who approach him, he simply meant to pray for a suffering person who was presented to him.”

Speculation that Francis performed an exorcism began to ricochet around the Internet when video of the encounter from TV2000, a Catholic television station in Italy, was posted online.

In the video, Francis smiles and takes the hand of an unnamed man in a wheelchair. After a priest whispers in the pope's ear, his demeanor changes and he places his hands on the man’s head. The video shows the man in the wheelchair convulsing before his body goes limp with his mouth agape.

The pope also places his hands on two other people in wheelchairs, but neither has the same dramatic reaction.

Performing an exorcism is the act of “casting out” evil spirits from a person’s body. The power to perform exorcisms, wrote the Rev. Thomas Rosica in an e-mail to reporters, “was conferred by Jesus on the apostles, and it is understood that this power passes to the bishops who are the successors to the apostles, and priests the co-workers.”

“The Church has had – for many hundreds of years, it ought to be added – a very precise ritual of exorcism: there are no evangelical-style tent revival theatrics, but careful, even methodical attention and faithful following of the prescribed prayers, gestures and use of sacramentals such as holy water and the crucifix,” Rosica added.

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, an American expert on exorcism who organized a conference on the topic in 2010, said what Francis did on Sunday was “clearly not an exorcism as most people understand it.”

“It is just too short,” Paprocki said. Most exorcisms, Paprocki said, take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and involve reciting prayers, reading scriptures and using sacramental objects such as crucifixes and holy water.

“I doubt the pope has it memorized,” the bishop said.

Paprocki’s 2010 conference on exorcism was seen as a peak of interest in the ancient practice - at least in the United States. According to experts, 100 bishops and priests attended the exorcism conference held in Baltimore.

“Since that conference, I think things have died down a little bit,” Paprocki said. “I think it kind of ebbs and flows and sometimes you get more of an interest in that than other times.”

Exorcism is not unique to Catholicism. Other Christian faiths, Hinduism and Islam all have forms of casting out evil spirits.

Jesus performs a number of exorcisms in the Bible, encounters that are recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. One example: in Matthew 9:32-34, Jesus exorcises a mute shortly after healing two blind men.

“As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him,” reads the passage. “And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke.”

The guidelines on Catholic exorcisms, “De Exorcismis et Supplicationibus Quibusdam,” or “Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications,” are an 84-page document that was last revised in 1998.

Hollywood has also contributed to the public fascination with exorcism.

In 1973 “The Exorcist” captured America's imagination about demons taking over a person’s body and profoundly shaped the public's perceptions about the process of throwing those devils out. The movie was violent, vivid and for many people unforgettable.

More recently, in 2010, a movie titled “The Rite,” starring Anthony Hopkins, dramatized the life and training of the Rev. Gary Thomas, a California priest, as an exorcist in Rome.

To experts on exorcism, however, these movies are just a sensational look at a traditional Catholic practice.

“These portrayals in these movies tend towards sensationalism,” said Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of theology and religious studies at the Catholic University of America. “It creates a hysteria among some people and it creates fantasies among other people. I think this has caused undue fascination with these things.”

Morozowich said in some cases exorcisms are legitimately necessary and solemn tasks taken on by a priest.

“While possessions do exist, they are meant to be something more private,” Morozowich said. “Sometimes it trivializes that experience by fantasizing it.”

- CNN’s Tom Foreman and Daniel Burke contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Francis

soundoff (442 Responses)
  1. msadr

    Since when dioes praying for somebody equate to an exorcism? That's ridiculous. Lots of things can make a person have convulsions – getting emotionally worked up, for instance.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I think that is the Vatican's point. The rite of exorcism was not conferred in this case

      May 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  2. Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohaim

    LMAO!

    May 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohaim

      oops – at sam's comment

      May 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • sam

      Ah ha, you posted in the wrong place, so now you must have an exorcism!!

      Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus, omnis satanica potestas, omnis incursio infernalis adversarii, omnis legio, omnis congregatio et secta diabolica

      Ergo, draco maledicte et omnis legio diabolica, adjuramus te,
      cessa decipere humanas creaturas, eisque æternæ perditionìs venenum propinare
      Vade, satana, inventor et magister omnis fallaciæ, hostis humanæ salutis,
      Humiliare sub potenti manu Dei, contremisce et effuge, invocato a nobis sancto et terribili Nomini
      quem inferi tremunt
      Ab insidiis diaboli, libera nos, Domine.

      Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus, omnis satanica potestas, omnis incursio infernalis adversarii, omnis legio, omnis congregatio et secta diabolica

      Ergo, draco maledicte et omnis legio diabolica, adjuramus te ... cessa decipere humanas creaturas, eisque æternæ perditionìs venenum propinare

      Ut Ecclesiam tuam secura tibi facias libertate servire, te rogamus, audi nos.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Sane Person

    lol exorcism. And they wonder why they are mocked and ignored as irrelevant, delusional hypocrits. Preach on little sheeple.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Actually we don't wonder about that.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Robert

      Why mock them? If you don't believe as they do, then simply pay no attention. Let them live their lives as they see fit. Mocking someone not like yourself is so 3rd grade. Get a grip.

      May 22, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  4. Jesus

    Slacker. Why not? With Great Power comes Great Responsibility. We gotta go with Keanu Reeves AGAIN? Sheeesh!!! WHAT are we paying this guy for again?!

    May 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  5. BrickellPrincess

    Exorcisms? Really!?! This is 2013! Who believes in that nonsense other than religious fanatics. Face it folks, every single time that you walk into a movie theater to watch some religious themed flick – it was funded by the church to brain wash you! The Exorcist was funded by the Catholic Cult and look at you now believing in this nonsense. How foolish of you.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Who's brain washing you when you watch a non-religious movie?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • religionkillsGodyourFatherSaves

      I feel sorry for your twisted perception of the Truth based on the nonsense sold out to you as western christianity. I ask the you will be so hounded by demons that you will find it unable to deny their existence. Then that you will seek the True G-d who is the ONLY source for your relief; not a church of any kind.

      G-d never changes. He is the same. The degree of deception changes and the blindness of people to the Truth can increase or decrease depending on how humble they are to know the Truth.

      The catholic religion is not related to the G-d of the Bible, It is a system by itself with a man as its head. Nor are the so called evangelicals all in the Truth. Many are deceived and are deceiving others with lies that they have been fed.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • bryan

      Now that 's just silly – most films with a religious theme (especially a Catholic theme) have been protested. They are (with some exceptions) NOT propaganda or brain-washing devices. You can not live in the modern era and claim no familiarity with Christianity and it's doctrines. To remain willfully ignorant is no better than to ignore the history and teachings of the Talmud, or the Koran, or the Vedas. And if you are a non-believer (as I am) why can't you simply appreciate good narrative and film-making, treating it as fantasy or horror? I LOVE 'the Exorcist" as a piece of entertainment. Hellbazer (Constatine) could've been a much better movie without Keanu (but alas, any movie he's been in would be better without him).

      May 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  6. Time To Believe

    Indeed, this along with Biblical accounts show us clearly that there are evil spirits, demons who roam the Earth seeking man to devour and have done so for millenniums. Those who disbelieve are the ones most in danger of negative spiritual attack. Born Again Christians cannot become possessed but can however become obsessed by evil due to weak faith.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • BrickellPrincess

      I believe that there are idiots that roam the earth. There are biblical accounts of countless of idiots roaming the earth. They are called believers.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • tony

      Most "born again" Christians are immorally possessed of lots of other peoples' money and just want to assuage their consciences

      May 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • tony

      I guess god couldn't manage being in Rome and Oklahoma at the same time

      May 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • SB

      Instead of believing in what some book from 1000 or so years, find out the truth yourself or atleast be open an non-judgemental. If there is some truth in it, it might just reveal to you when you are ready.

      May 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Try Faith

      Instead of not Believing in God, SB, try a little Faith for a change. It will work wonders in your life and may even lead to your salvation. That is, unless you do not wish to enter Heaven at the time of your death. That is of course entirely up to you, however, but I can tell you that Faith, Trust, and Belief in God through Jesus Christ is where it's at my friend. Without faith in Jesus you truly have nothing in your life that is holy and of God.

      May 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  7. JMEF

    BD That is an out right lie. The RCC uses charity as a proselytizing tool and has done so throughout its history that and inquisitions. Gates, Buffet and Bloomberg will do more in their lifetimes for humanity than the RCC has done in 2000 years. Slaughter the aboriginals then convert what is left has worked well for your lot. Hypocrite.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  8. Poolwrecker

    So the Bible clearly denounces idols and yet the catholic church uses images of Mary, the cross, and holy water in their rites and rituals including using the cross, an idol, in casting out demons? It's no wonder people hate the catholic church, they're such hypocrites even they lose track of their hypocrisy. Do everyone a favor, stop saying you're christians and just say "hey, we have our own church and our own beliefs". At least that's honest even if people then choose to disagree with you. Stop saying you follow christ and stop saying that you care about the bible, you don't. You care about money, that's why you own a country and that's how you control people. Stop it. I know a catholic school teacher who readily acknowledges he doesn't believe most of the tenants of the church because they're from some guy, not the bible. Even if you don't believe that the bible is from God, at least if you base all of your beliefs on it then you have a basis for those beliefs, the value of that basis is then up for discussion. But what does a catholic base his beliefs on? Not the bible, so what then? Stop misleading people. It's not nice.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Tempted to engage you in a discussion but boy.. where to start? How about you read the Book of John and get back with me.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • JMEF

      BD You really have to know that the RCC changed/dumped the original second commandment so they could make a good buck by selling idols of Mary, Jesus, the Holy Trinity, etc. Doesn't every catholic have some sort of rosary or sweet zombie Jew on a stick dangling around their neck. It is all about the money Bill, a lot of priests and above living well off of the scam.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      JMEF, I now you don't want to live in ignorance all your life so I'm letting you know, a rosary is not a piece of jewelry.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • MrWiggles

      I think you are just an idiot protestant, not everybody hates catholics unless you´re from the WBC.
      but anyway you bring such flaws against at the church but have you ever even helped homeless people or look the other way around ?
      have you ever met someone who is in a lot of pain a stranger at the hospital pray with him or at least give him self steem ?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • JMEF

      BD Nice duck and dodge, I don't really give a shi.t what catholics do with their rosary, but you failed to address why the RCC would dump the second commandment, supposedly written by the hand of god, in order to make a buck, it is all about the money Bill.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Sorry, didn't realize how deeply rooted and precious to you your ignorance is:

      Common sense tells us that, since God has revealed himself in various images, most especially in the incarnate Jesus Christ, it’s not wrong for us to use images of these forms to deepen our knowledge and love of God. That’s why God revealed himself in these visible forms, and that’s why statues and pictures are made of them. Any reasonable person can make the distinction between thinking a statue IS God and understanding the use of iconography to recall an image or focus one's concentration on worship of God.

      Really these are like eight grade accusations of Catholicism, so inept, I didn't catch the reference at first.

      May 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • SB

      And all the believers keep the images (photos) of their children and wife in their wallets. That is idol worship in plain terms for people with some comprehension. Idol does not need to be made out of steel or iron to call it idol. In other words, idol worship is a natural and healthy thing, do not be misled by fools who tell you otherwise.

      May 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • JMEF

      BD It must be so comforting to a wretched criminal like yourself to get the crutches you need to sanctimoniously look down upon others in the way that you do. You are a hideous creature and most on this blog see through you so easily. Pontificate all you want, but you are lying to yourself and all around you, you have your delusion and that is all you have.

      May 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • janusjoppa

      &#70

      May 26, 2013 at 4:27 am |
    • janusjoppa

      F

      May 26, 2013 at 4:28 am |
    • janusjoppa

      Fuck

      May 26, 2013 at 4:28 am |
  9. German-Franz

    How brainwashed must a human be to believ in such Voodoo-Magic sh..t. People believing in ghosts, angels, demons, devils...transcendent magic unvisible superpowerdady....yes please get BRAIN and become an adult. OR take a look arround to find a doc who may help you to clean that stupid sh.t out of your brain. Religion mages stupid !!!

    May 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      What do you believe in from your mages?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Poolwrecker

      I hear you. Only, how brainwashed do people have to be to believe in evolution? A 'theory' which CANNOT be proven by scientific method.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Ed T Duck

      How's that demonic possession working out for you?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • gmantis

      For Poolwrecker... Scientific theories are the most reliable, rigorous, and comprehensive form of scientific knowledge. This is significantly different from the word "theory" in common usage, which implies that something is unsubstantiated or speculative.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      poolguy, Clearly you didn't attend school. There is a vast quantity of evidence for evolution and no evidence for creationism. Get an education.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  10. Bill Deacon

    So no verification on what the shepherds staff is made from? Plated brass possibly? Pewter? Ornamented pot metal? No, let's just jump on the "rich pope" bandwagon and berate a holy man who made an act of healing to a fellow human and does so day after day while at he same time running the world's largest charitable organization.

    You gotta admit, in the face of His Holiness the Pope, if the best you can do is jeer at me, you really have nothing to stand on do you?

    May 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  11. My Name is Legion

    I am waiting Bill, go ahead do what you really want to do, your spot is reserved even the twit jesus cannot save you, I am waiting.

    May 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  12. George

    Bill, like Tango said, grow a brain. Re-read what he wrote, stupid.

    May 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  13. Bill Deacon

    16kt Gold? Got a source for that or are you speculating? Do you, in your rational scientific atheist mind believe an eighty year old man can pick up and lug around a seven foot tall piece of gold bar?

    May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  14. Ungodly Discipline

    God has a purpose for all of us. Even HeavenSent's intergluteal cleft.

    May 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  15. JMEF

    cnn

    May 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  16. Reality

    And the insanity continues:

    . JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and EXORSISMS, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

    May 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  17. Colin

    It is not as crazy as it seems. The Catholic Church still employs full time exorcists. Really. I know the Catholics believe a LOT of superst.itious bullsh.it, but for some reason, exorcists strike me as among the funniest.

    I expect it will not surprise you to learn that Satan and his cast of malevolent sidekicks are only ever capable of possessing the mentally ill. The well-adjusted seem strangely immune to their diabolical layovers. Perhaps this is for the same reason that amputees the World over seem to be universally incapable of attracting a miracle cure from God.

    It would be interesting to ask an exorcist who’s “minding the store” while Satan is busy possessing a victim of schizophrenia here on Earth. I guess he has a crew of helpers who tempt virgins and torment the souls in hell while the boss is travelling on business.

    Catholics, ya gotta luv em.....

    May 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • George

      Very funny, and apt, Colin.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • My Name is Legion

      The Great Satan. You think it is easy to keep Hades up and running. The lessor demons and imps formed a god damned union and want right and benefits. Should be enough that I let them out of the eternal flames for a break from time to time. I had Bill Deacon by the balls for some time when he was committing all his crimes, but he prayed me away, hard to put up with that crap for long. I am waiting for him to backslide.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Obvious troll. While it's true I had myself in quite a fix before the grace of God delivered me, in hell there are no benefits, no rights and no breaks. It's just one, long, relentless, grinding away of your soul until everything there ever was that ever meant anything at all is obliterated, and then it just keeps on going....

      May 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • My Name is Legion

      I am waiting Bill join us and you are correct for the likes of you a special eternity of misery, I am waiting.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  18. million-dollar question

    “The Holy Father had no intention to perform any exorcism,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi,

    but is he an EXORCIST?

    May 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It's not as scandalous as you think. He is the pope so he has the ability to perform the rite of exorcism. Where do I collect your offer?

      May 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Colin

      Tango+Cash. That's something I have never understood. Grown men believing in devils, demons, ghosts, angels, saints, gods etc. I don't know how some of these people function day to day......

      May 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • The Demon Deacon

      Bill Deacon has been show to be a liar and a shill for the Catholic institute of organized crime against children.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      You watch too much TV Tango. The most common form of exorcism is Baptism. An exorcism is also a component of the sacrament of anointing of the sick. It seems you are a victim of the disinformation campaign around some of the Catholic Church's sacraments, rites and beliefs. That's understandable. There's really not much hope of understanding the sacraments unless one partakes of them. As to modern man, he's really not much different from ancient man from what I can tell. His fear is caused by ignorance.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • The Demon Deacon

      Bill drinks "holy water" daily from a cistern.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • JMEF

      BD Where do I collect your offer? It is all about the cash flow, jesus be damned.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • sam

      Bill, it doesn't really matter what form it takes – the idea is to chase off evil spirits. Do you believe there are evil spirits?

      May 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • JMEF

      BD Anybody that relies on the catechism to control his/her life is truly ignorant. Blind obedience to a 2000 year old scam is just plain stupid Bill. Take a bow.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Sure sam and you do too unless you are clueless to life around you. Haven't you experienced a spirit of elation or delusion? Ever met someone with a spirit of hostility or contempt? My grandmother had a sweet and nurturing spirit about her. You, like tango have fallen into the trap of thinking a spirit is like something drawn from a gothic painting. It is disappointing to me that atheists, for all their intelligence, persist in trying to argue about their perception of Catholic beliefs rather than engage the reality of the faith. The only explanation plausible is that reduction to the absurd is a defense mechanism which inhibits an honest discovery of the truths hidden behind the images. Perhaps that is what contributes to the smugness and infantile derision. Just my theory though.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • George

      Bill Deacon, you are being deceptive by conflating emotions and religious "spirits". You are a treacherous con man and a liar, and you've been caught in the act yet again.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Ken

      A Catholic like Bill being deceptive shouldn't surprise anyone. They have to deceive themselves to believe, so it kind of goes with the territory, crazy rites and all.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • My Name is Legion

      The Great Satan knows what you have done Bill crimes against humanity and children in particular. Murderers are all mine join the party in hell, I am waiting.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      George, there's no intentional conflation I assure you. I admit that the borders between emotion, psychology, mental illness, spirit and physiology are blurry and hard to discern. That is why, as the Vatican spokesman pointed out that medical treatment is called for is such cases. But let me ask you this, why the impulse to brand me a liar or worse rather than any inclination to explore the places were those lines blur? Or are you content that mankind and his present state of scientific understanding of the human condition is sufficient?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • George

      Bill deacon, you have a future selling used cars, for sure. You slimebag. You were caught in the act of deception and you know it, and now you are vainly trying to cover up. You lying bastard! What an ass hole.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • sam

      Mmm...no, I don't think a bad attitude or emotion or hostility is the same thing as an evil spirit. An exorcism is not to banish just hostility. That's what therapy and anti depressants are for. Are you saying it's all just pomp and circumstance, a ritual, and nothing happens except an attitude adjustment? There's no such thing as possession, or demons? No satan?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Derek

      Just like his Catholic church leadership: commit the crime, cover it up with slippery tricks. All CYA, all the time, and it feeds on itself.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      sam, I'll keep trying with you. I think George is possessed by a spirit of hatred but maybe he just needs a drink. I believe, and I have experienced that there is a force that cannot be seen but whose effects are visible that exist outside of human control which is malevolent towards all mankind. It is seductive, deceptive, cunning, powerful and baffling. It roams throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. It whispers into men's ears all manner of prideful, arrogant justification. It creates disharmony and chaos, death and destruction, mistrust and malfeasance. It's first lie is that it does not exist. The second is that you are not it's victim, the other guy is. I believe that modern man with all his understanding of motive and psyche and all the power of his government and pharmaceuticals cannot contain, nor dissuade this beast. I believe that only the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ will triumph over this serpent.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah, that's all you had to say the first time, so...not sure what the point was of just kind of wobbling around on it. Evil spirits.

      Now I'm going to have to exorcise your superstitious bad vibes:

      Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus, omnis satanica potestas, omnis incursio infernalis adversarii, omnis legio, omnis congregatio et secta diabolica

      Ergo, draco maledicte et omnis legio diabolica, adjuramus te,
      cessa decipere humanas creaturas, eisque æternæ perditionìs venenum propinare
      Vade, satana, inventor et magister omnis fallaciæ, hostis humanæ salutis,
      Humiliare sub potenti manu Dei, contremisce et effuge, invocato a nobis sancto et terribili Nomini
      quem inferi tremunt
      Ab insidiis diaboli, libera nos, Domine.

      Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus, omnis satanica potestas, omnis incursio infernalis adversarii, omnis legio, omnis congregatio et secta diabolica

      Ergo, draco maledicte et omnis legio diabolica, adjuramus te ... cessa decipere humanas creaturas, eisque æternæ perditionìs venenum propinare

      Ut Ecclesiam tuam secura tibi facias libertate servire, te rogamus, audi nos.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • My Name is Legion

      I am waiting. Nice that you remember when you were mine, you don't really think that a wretch like you can be forgiven, you will join me. I am waiting.

      May 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      wow, I've never seen you put that much effort into a post before. Impressive

      May 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • sam

      LOL

      May 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  19. sam

    “It is just too short,” Paprocki said. Most exorcisms, Paprocki said, take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and involve reciting prayers, reading scriptures and using sacramental objects such as crucifixes and holy water.

    – Unless you're Sam and Dean Winchester. Maybe the pope could take lessons.

    May 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Ken

      ROFL

      May 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  20. Science

    The Horn-y red guy aye ...............what a joke !

    May 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
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