Priests are LITERALLY phoning it in. What the heck are you talking about, Paul? Explain yourself!
Well, Catholic Priests are tired of getting the green pea soup vomit thrown at them when they show up for ye olde exorcism. The priests have decided it’s time to enter the digital age with ye olde exorcisms. Why show up for the pea soup puke when you can….LITERALLLY phone it in? So they’re phoning it in. They’re using their mobile phones to show for ye olde exorcisms, which is good because, apparently, the demand for exorcisms is on the uptick.
|Priests are carrying out exorcisms by mobile phone|
About 200 aspiring exorcists gathered in Rome on Monday for a week-long course in casting out demons – including by mobile phone if necessary – amid increased demand for the service among Roman Catholics.
Participants, many of them priests, will attend lectures and talks on a range of topics including witchcraft in Africa, how to tell the difference between demonic possession and mental illness, and a step-by-step guide to casting out demons.
Cardinal Ernest Simoni of Albania drew strong interest in the first session by citing the use of mobile phones in exorcisms.
“They call me and we speak and that’s how I do it,” the 89-year-old Simoni told Reuters after his address, explaining how he would read the prayers of exorcism in Latin over the phone just as he would if performing the lengthy rite in person.
Although no official figures are available, Catholic Church officials say the number of demonic possessions is on the rise.
“The number of exorcisms has definitely increased over the years, as the requests to carry out exorcisms has increased,” said Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, an organiser of the “Course on Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation” at the Vatican-approved Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome.
“This course is useful because it prepares the priests who carry out exorcisms to have a complete vision, a multi-disciplined view of the situation,” he added.
Father Benigno Palilla, an exorcist for the diocese of Palermo, told Vatican Radio in February that he had performed about 50 exorcisms in the past two and a half years.