Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Vatican II Rite Of Exorcism A "Joke" ~ Vatican's Chief Exorcist
This is a MUST READ article

Get ready to be knocked off your chair. In an interview with Italy's 30 Days magazine, The Vatican's chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth slams both the Second Vatican Council and the "Spirit of Vatican II" when it comes to the Rite of Exorcism.

Here's just a taste;

AMORTH: During the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, every commission was assisted by a group of experts who worked alongside the bishops. This custom continued even after the Council every time parts of the Rite were reworked. But not in this case. And if ever there was an area where experts were needed it was this one.

30 Days: Are you saying that the new Rite is useless in the struggle against the Devil?

AMORTH: Yes. Their intention was to arm us with a blunt sword. Some effective prayers were canceled, prayers with 12 centuries of history. New ineffective prayers were written in.

Further in the interview, this bombshell was dropped;

30 Days: Satanism is spreading more and more. The new Rite makes it difficult to perform an exorcism. Exorcists are prohibited from participating in a Papal Audience in Saint Peter’s Square. What exactly is happening here?

AMORTH: The smoke of Satan gets in everywhere, everywhere. Perhaps we were kept out of the Papal audience because they were afraid that all those exorcists might have cast out the legions of demons that have installed themselves in the Vatican.

30 Days: You’re joking, aren’t you?

AMORTH: It might sound like it but I don’t think it is a joke. I have no doubt whatever that the Devil is tempting the upper levels of the Church, above all, just as he tempts every upper level – political and industrial.

Do yourself a favor... read this article. Have your spouse read it, your kids read it, your friends read it. If you're feeling especially cocky, ask your parish priest to read it. You might be... ummmm, surprised at the response you get.

9 Comments:

Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

"I have no doubt whatever that the Devil is tempting the upper levels of the Church"

some Vatican insiders and such I'd imagine. By the very nature of his office though, is the Holy Father immune to such attacks?

11:41 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

1) The devil has always had a special thing for the upper levels of the Church. He doesn't need to lead them to heresy; just to the banality and pettiness that is bureaucracy.

2) I wouldn't be surprised if His Holiness retires Fr. Amorth. An exorcist should not be that prominent.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Former Altar Boy said...

CSM
Great post. An important atory that needs to get out. Bet we don't read that story in our diocesan newspapers.

FD,
No, as we've seen, priests and bishops are not immune from temptation and that includes the Holy Father. If Satan would try to tempt the Son of God, do you think his human Vicar is any exception? The more prominent the Catholic, the more Satan revels in any success. All the more reason, EVERY Catholic should say a pray for the Holy Father every day.

Dave,
True, an exorcist should not be in the limelight but he is still a priest, so may feel obliges to speak out where no one else will.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Former Altar Boy said...

CSM
Great post. An important atory that needs to get out. Bet we don't read that story in our diocesan newspapers.

FD,
No, as we've seen, priests and bishops are not immune from temptation and that includes the Holy Father. If Satan would try to tempt the Son of God, do you think his human Vicar is any exception? The more prominent the Catholic, the more Satan revels in any success. All the more reason, EVERY Catholic should say a pray for the Holy Father every day.

Dave,
True, an exorcist should not be in the limelight but he is still a priest, so may feel obliges to speak out where no one else will.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Dave,
Why should he be retired... for telling the truth? I can think of many more that are much more deserving of retirement than Fr, Amorth (starting with the Cardinal of LA)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

CSM:

I spoke too rashly, upon reflection.

I've heard tell that Fr. Amorth is enjoying his "celebrity exorcist" status a bit too much, but there's nothing really to substantiate that. If that is true, then he might have more to do with the ineffectiveness than the revised rite. If not, then the Holy Father needs to take a closer look at why this isn't working...

9:01 AM  
Blogger Banshee said...

I'm troubled that an exorcist and a priest would think any prayer to God was "ineffective". No prayer is ever wasted, as our current Holy Father has said. God, who is omniscient, hears and answers all prayers as He wishes, and He hears prayers from the heart.

Obviously, it's good that a ritual prayer have a fitting form. But all that the apostles and disciples -- and even non-disciples -- needed to cast out demons was to tell demons they were out of there, and to do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As for members of the hierarchy being tempted by the Devil, I'm thinking Father Amorth may not only have been tempted but also tricked. If this is just a mental problem, I pray for his healing. If it is a spiritual disorder, I pray for his healing also. May God calm him.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

May God calm him from what, exactly? Telling the truth, or making the huggy-touchy crowd nervous with all that devil talk?

11:03 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Also, I'm fairly sure that the founder of the Church approved International Association of Exorcists knows a thing or two about which specific prayers are effective and which ones aren't when it comes to doing battle with satan and his minions.

11:14 PM  

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