performing an exorcism or not.
First, any priest can perform an exorcism. In fact, every priest DOES perform an exorcism whenever he baptizes someone. It is part of the baptism rite. (Did you know that? If you're Catholic, you should.)
Every diocese has an exorcist. It is not someone who is called upon frequently, nor is the Rite of Exorcism done lightly or "on the fly." I highly recommend The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. It is a dispassionate look at the work of an exorcist, and does a terrific job of explaining the rite.
Take it easy, folks. While Satan is at work, God is almighty.
Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against
the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly
pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of
God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander throughout
the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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