Thursday, March 11, 2010

Catholic Exorcist Claims the Devil is in the Vatican

     Father Gabriele Amorth, a self-proclaimed exorcist of the Roman Catholic church, claims that the devil is in the Vatican.  Big surprise.

     It was only a matter of time before the crazies in the church came forward to make a buck off of the sexual abuse scandals that have been rocking the RCC, and blaming Satan is the easiest way to excuse the church of its wrong doing.  If the devil made mother do it, then mother is still holy, unblemished.  This is classic Vatican II language: mother is not a sinful church, but a church of sinners.

     In all my years of seminary and priesthood, I never once heard of anyone that was an exorcist in the RCC.  There were no classes or mention of exorcism from any of the academics who "formed" me.  Some seminarians gossiped about how every diocese had its own exorcist and that it was (conveniently) very hush hush, for if it was talked about it the light then the devil would win and take over.

    It's all absolute bullshit, and according to Catholic theology, Star Wars style gnosticism is and has been considered a heresy for two thousand years.  There is no Catholic belief in a cosmic struggle between the light and dark sides of the force.   Jesus has already redeemed the world.  The Kingdom of god is already present, but not yet fully realized (another nonsensical paradox).  He will come again at the end of times to usher in the full realization of the Kingdom.  This is what the church professes.  Anyone who believes that the devil could ultimately win, that it's a toss up, doesn't know their Catholic theology.  So if there is a secret society of Vatican appointed exorcists then the church is a gnostic church and needs to come out as such.

     Here's the report on mister self-proclaimed chief exorcist and believer in satan.  His true motives become apparent in the interview.

    The Times UK reports:
    Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican", according to the Holy See's chief exorcist.
    Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".
    He added: "When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia."
     Yes, blame the devil for all the violence and sexual abuse in the Church.  That's much easier than putting the blame on the church and its clerics and holing them accountable for some real change and contrition.

     Still, I can't get this image out of my mind: Pope Ben Projectile vomiting pea soup while he violates himself with a crucifix. Ew.

     Here's the kicker: Amoralith just published a book, Memoirs of an Exorcist.  This publicity tour isn't coming from some holy and righteous cause to battle evil.  It's about selling books and making a buck!  Hypocrite.

     The Times continues:
     Father Amorth, who has just published Memoirs of an Exorcist, a series of interviews with the Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti, said that the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II in 1981 had been the work of the Devil, as had an incident last Christmas when a mentally disturbed woman threw herself at Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Midnight Mass, pulling him to the ground.
     Seriously, the devil made these mentally ill persons do it?  I thought we were past the age of blaming mental illness on demon possession.  Of course, Amorth has no interest in scientific reason.  He has books to sell.
     Father Jos矇 Antonio Fortea Cucurull, a Rome-based exorcist, said that Father Amorth had "gone well beyond the evidence" in claiming that Satan had infiltrated the Vatican corridors.
     "Cardinals might be better or worse, but all have upright intentions and seek the glory of God," he said. Some Vatican officials were more pious than others, "but from there to affirm that some cardinals are members of satanic sects is an unacceptable distance."
     Yes, cardinals' sole purpose in life is to seek the glory of God, especially Cardinals Law, Mahony, and those guys that have been renting seminarians and choir boys in the Vatican.  Of course, no cardinals are interested in climbing the Holy See's ladder.  Up periscope on both counts!
     Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil was "pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me."
     The devil is a "pure spirit"?  Who's the one devil worshiping now?
     He "make fun" of you?  How come if a priest or religious person talks about god, the devil, or the virgin speaking to them, we tolerate it and let it be, but if someone kills someone or does something bizarre and claims god, the devil, etc. made them do it, they get locked up in a maximum security psych ward? 
     It's all the same.  If you believe that supernatural beings interact with the universe and tell people to do good things, then why could they not tell people to do bad things?  At least the ancient Greeks had this one figured out.  Of course, their gods are just myth.
     Let me offer you a moment of satanic possession, Fathers Amoralith and CooCooRoll: you're morons, and yes, I am making fun of you.
     The Devil