18 febbraio 2008

P. Gabriele Amorth e le squadre di esorcismi anti-gay_4

Mi scuso, ma penso potete leggervela anche in inglese !

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=A3RQPLNNRJ0ODQFIQMGCFFWAVCBQUIV0? xml=/news/2007/12/29/ wexor129. xml

Telegraph.co. UK
Published on Monday, 31 December 2007

"Vatican to create more exorcists to tackle 'evil' "
... By Nick Pisa-----

ROME, Italy -- The Roman Catholic Church has vowed to "fight the
Devil head-on" by training hundreds of priests as exorcists.

Father Gabriele Amorth, 82, the Vatican's Exorcist in Chief,
announced the initiative amid the Church's concerns about growing
worldwide interest in Satanism and the occult.

According to plans being considered, each bishop would have a group
of priests in his diocese who were specially trained in exorcism and
on hand to take action against "extreme Godlessness" .

Fr Amorth said: "Thanks be to God that we have a Pope who has decided
to fight the Devil head-on.

"Now bishops are to be obliged to have a number of established
exorcists for their diocese. Too many bishops are not taking this
seriously and are not delegating their priests in the fight against
the Devil. You have to hunt high and low for a proper, trained

He went on: "Thankfully Pope Benedict XVI believes in the existence
and danger of evil, from the time he was in charge of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the oldest Vatican
department, deals with promoting and safeguarding Roman Catholic

It was headed by the Pope when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, from 1982
until his election as Pope in 2005.

Fr Amorth said that during his time at the department the Pope warned
humanity of the risks it faces from the Devil.

He added: "I remember a meeting we exorcists had with the Holy Father
last year, in which he implored us to follow our mission as

Fr Paolo Scarafoni, another exorcism expert who lectures at the
Vatican, said interest in Satanism and the occult had grown as people
lost their faith in the Church.

He added: "People suffer and think that the Devil can help solve
their problems."

The Vatican is concerned that young people are being exposed to the
influence of Satanism through the media, rock music and the Internet.

Under Canon Law 1172 all priests can perform exorcisms. But in
reality only a select few are ever called on to do so.

The rite of exorcism involves a series of gestures and prayers to
invoke the power of God and stop the "demon" influencing its victim.

Fr Amorth added that Pope Benedict XVI wanted to reinstate use of the
prayer said to St Michael the Archangel, believed to be the prime
protector against evil.

He said: "The prayer is useful not only for priests but for lay
people. For example: if a lay person knows someone who is possessed
and there is no exorcist available, they can intervene by saying this
prayer, commanding the demon to leave that person.

The prayer to St Michael the Archangel was sidelined in the 1960s by
Pope John XXIII during the Second Vatican Council. It was
traditionally recited at the end of Mass.

A Roman Catholic bishop has caused fury in Spain by claiming that
some teenagers "want to be abused".

Bishop Bernardo Alvarez of Tenerife told a newspaper: "There are 13-
year-olds who are are in agreement and even want it; even, if you
don't watch out, provoking you."

A spokesman for the 58-year-old bishop said he had never intended to
justify "the abhorrent phenomenon of the sexual abuse of minors."

Last year the Pope stated that rebuilding trust in the clergy was an
urgent task.

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