Rite of Exorcism

The following quotes are from a piece in the National Catholic Register, a mainstream Catholic news site that tilts towards the conservative. People like Ryan T. Anderson and Robert George devote their entire lives to this nonsense. I submit that there are no orthodox Catholic intellectuals just as there are no Hasidic intellectuals and there are no Evangelical Christian intellectuals. One cannot be an intellectually curious critical thinker and, at the same time, be a religious conservative. They are mutually exclusive conditions.

As usual the world’s problems stem from the two prime antagonists:

Looking at the incomplete defense of the faith by the bishops when faced
with the challenge of abortion and homosexual acts, one possible
explanation for this failure is that the Irish Church was just not in a
position to make such a consecration.

It must be the Devil at work:

I’m convinced that before an effective consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary can take place, the Churches in Ireland and Britain need to take seriously the reality of supernatural evil at work in our countries. This is why I consider the news that a Great Exorcism has been conducted for the first time in the world, in Mexico, to be a very significant development for the entire Catholic Church.

The great exorcism explained:

It is reported that on May 20, 2015, the Cardinal Emeritus of Guadalajara, assisted by bishops, priests and an exorcist, conducted a ‘Magno Exorcismo’ or Great Exorcism in the Cathedral of San Luis Potosí. According to Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez, the Great Exorcism “is a prayer asking God to drive away the Enemy, to drive him away from these places. From San Luis, first of all, and then from all of Mexico.”

According to the exorcist, don’t expect immediate results. In other words, “you have to just trust me — this stuff works:”

To the extent there is more witchcraft and Satanism going on in a country, to that extent there will be more extraordinary manifestations of those powers of darkness. To the extent sin increases more and more in a country, to that extent it becomes easier for the demons to tempt people. It would be a big mistake to think that by performing a full-scale exorcism of the country everything would automatically change right away.

It was so successful (by some unknown measure) that we need more:

I propose that the schemes of Satan are so advanced in Britain and Ireland that the most effective act of entrustment of the Church, and our countries, to the power of Our Lord would be our bishops and priests conducting the rite of the Great Exorcism in the cathedrals of every diocese.

What these people really need to do, along with those Hasidim, those evangelicals and their snake handlers is to get off their asses and go feed some hungry people. Teach some people how to read. Lobby government for economic fairness (rather than the right to discriminate). In this country we all subsidize religion. As non-profit organizations they are tax-exempt, contributions are tax-deductible and they don’t even pay local sales and use taxes. We don’t seem to be getting much of a return on our investment.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.