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    marykk, Orpheus

    Lux et veritas, if you will....

    'Modern' courses in exorcism were begun at Regina University in Rome in 2005.

    Greater prominence to the practice is probably as much driven by actual spontaneous requests from people, which have increased in recent years, as opposed to some Devil-hunt expedition by the church.

    The devil is real and can possess people, but it does not happen as often as many people think, said two Italian exorcists.

    When a person who thinks he or she is possessed approaches a priest looking for help, they said, the priest must know enough about possession to know whether a simple prayer is called for or whether he needs to refer the person to a psychologist or to the diocesan exorcist.

    To prepare priests and future priests to help people in those situations, Rome's Regina Apostolorum university -- run by the Legionaries of Christ -- inaugurated a course on Satanism and exorcism Feb. 17.

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    The priest, a member of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said "several hundred" people approach his team each year thinking they are possessed.

    After counseling, he said, "I do maybe 20 exorcisms each year."

    Father Scarafoni said that, generally, "85 percent to 90 percent of these people are not possessed or even being attacked by the devil. They need someone to listen. They need a prayer. They need a long walk and a glass of water."

    The Regina Apostolorum course, he said, "is designed to give priests the information they need for initial discernment and referral."

    I'm no fan of B-16, and troubled by several things in the church, but exorcism activity is not a concern - let's not be alarmist.

    Go to your window [and http://youtube.com/watch?v=90ELleCQvew]

    by coffeeinamrica on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 05:26:10 AM PST

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