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Exorcism: let's not lose our heads

There has been a big kerfuffle (I think that's the first time I've used that word on this blog) about Pope Francis 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.

Saint 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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  1. Thank you! That's exactly what I was thinking (but you said it far better, and included the prayer.) :-) ~ Rosemary

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  2. Rosemary, I had an interesting conversation yesterday w/ a priest who felt as if this story was getting sensationalized, and we shouldn't talk about it anymore. I think we need to talk about it in an educated way, or otherwise, the only way it will be spoken about is sensationally!

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