the devil and double-talk

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I found a link on the Doubtful News website that caught my attention: “Decline of religious belief means we need more exorcists, say Catholics.” Stories about exorcism often make me gleeful, but this one had a gem that made it a stand-out. It includes a quote from Giuseppe Ferrari, a member of Catholic research group that advocates training more priests in the ways of exorcism.

“We live in a disenchanted society, a secularised world that thought it was being emancipated, but where religion is being thrown out, the window is being opened to superstition and irrationality,” said Mr Ferrari.

In case you missed that, thanks to the spread of superstition and irrationality, we need to train people in the casting out of demons! Casting out demons is not superstitious or irrational, it’s a job. Much like being a police officer or pastry chef, it just requires some training. To Mr. Ferrari, life is much like the movie Ghostbusters, in which nasty invisible spirits flit around like a plague of flies.

I’m ready to join the rational exorcist squad. I volunteer, if they’ll fly me to Italy for training.

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5 thoughts on “the devil and double-talk

  1. dangblog

    I went to the website, eager to become an exorcist, and discovered that it costs $2,500. On the site I also found a book of demon-proofing prayers (“Once you read this book, you’ll want to get as many copies as possible.”) for $15. You can also take a Demon Test® but when you click on the link that says “Start test …” you go to a PayPal page that asks for $10. Lots of other stuff for sale, like your own metal “Cross of Deliverance.”

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