Exorcism: The Magazine

Exorcisms are so popular in Poland that Roman Catholic priests have created a monthly magazine devoted to “chasing out the devil“:

“The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling,” Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist told reporters in Warsaw at the Monday launch of the Egzorcysta monthly.

“If people can make money out of it, naturally it grows and its spiritual harm grows too,” he said, hastening to add authentic exorcism is absolutely free of charge.

Can’t wait for the articles on “101 Other Things You Can Do With Your Tongue” and “How to Break Up with the Devil.”

(via Joe. My. God.)

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  • MacCrocodile

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  • The Other Weirdo

    I thought that started out so well, but then he lost it. “If people can make money from it, they will.” More or less. Sounds like he’s admitting exorcisms are a scam. Then he says, “authentic exorcism is absolutely free of charge.”

    Thus proving once against my theory that all Christians are the same the world over. During last year’s Harold Camping fiasco, Christians of all stripes were tripping all over themselves to proclaim publicly that HC had the wrong of it, that no man knows the day or the hour.

    The difference between a scam-artist taking your money to exorcise your demons and a priest telling you that authentic exorcisms are always free is one merely of degree, not of kind.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Even if there isn’t an official fee, I’d be pretty sure you can expect the expectation of a donation. ;)

  • http://www.theaunicornist.com Mike D

    “Leading demonologist”? I’d love to know the scientific methodology behind studying demons.

    • http://twitter.com/Newf_Mike Newf_Mike

      It’s called, “pulling it out yer arse”.

    • heisenberg

      Wouldn’t you feel badass with that title though? 

      • Nick Barton

        I want that title

  • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

    I am going to start a magazine about Hammers. 

    i’ll bet in no time there will be plenty of nails to drive into wood.

  • Gi

    Who knew that Anthony Hopkins was a Polish priest? I guess the money in exorcism must be really good.

    • RobMcCune

       I don’t enjoy his more recent exorcisms, a lot of the time he seems to be sleepwalking through his incantations.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2011/02/11/sir-anthony-hopkins-i-couldnt-be-an-atheist/

      We see them, mind you, on television today, many brilliant people who are professional atheists who say they know for a fact that it’s insanity to have a God or to believe in religion. Well, OK, God bless them for feeling that way and I hope they’re happy. But I couldn’t live with that certainty, and I wonder about some of them: why are they protesting so much? How are they so sure of what is out there? And who am I to refute the beliefs of so many great philosophers and martyrs all the way down the years?

      • amycas

         “And who am I to refute the beliefs of so many great philosophers and martyrs all the way down the years?”

        That really got to me when I was still a Christian and started questioning my faith. I would think almost the exact same thing. Then one day it hit me: what if all those philosophers and martyrs were doing the same thing? What if they didn’t really believe, but they tried to force themselves to believe because who were they to question those who came before them? Maybe that’s what drove some of the philosophers; they were merely trying to rationalize a belief they felt shouldn’t be questioned.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Other future articles:
    “How to Get Demonic Vomit Stains Out of  Your Clothes and Furniture”
    “See a Chiropractor After Your Head Spins Around Several Times”
    “Confessions of an Exorcist: ‘I Looked Up Her Nightgown While She Was Floating’”
    “Coming Soon: Drive-through Exorcisms”
    Advertisement: “20-liter bottled holy water delivered to your door every week with convenient dispenser”

  • Richard Treitel

    Could be worse: http://www.lds.net/forums/general-discussion/2154-religionists-give-religion-bad-name.html

  • Mark W

    Also big sellers in Poland are:

    “Men are from Mars, Demons are from Hell”
    “Ten things you must do or see when you are Possessed.”
    “Pea Soup for the Demon Lover’s Soul?”
    “Satan: An Autobiography”
    “The Little Exorcist that Could.”

    • ESC_key

      Hey, i like pea soup! Now, something like cream of celery, that’d be the devil’s own invention right there…

  • Andrew Ridgway

    I’ll repost here what I posted on Joe’s blog:

    Exorcism is a 4th-lvl positive energy Divine spell, which requires at
    least a 7th lvl cleric aligned with a Good or neutral deity, or a 15th
    lvl paladin. It is not castable by druids or evil clerics. The evil
    spirit must make a Will save of DC 10 +
    (caster level / 2) + caster wisdom bonus (thus, a lvl 10 cleric with 16
    wisdom will have a DC of 18), but the target acquires a +2 bonus for
    both saves against a neutral cleric. If the target fails the Will save,
    it will be banished to its home realm for 1d4 days per caster lvl.
    Upon a successful Will save, the target is not banished but takes 1d6
    dmg per 2 casters lvls, max 10, with a Fortitude save (DC 16) for half.
    I don’t know why they would need a whole magazine to explain that, though …

    • amycas

       This is awesome.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      I don’t suppose there’s any chance this 4th-lvl positive energy Divine spell can be cast by a 10th lvl Mexigay with a 17 MATH?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220871538 Alan Eckert

     When life gives you demons, make pea soup.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7XRZYHIF7ELJTK34TWIMIJOJA Ex Patriot

    this is nothing more than a way for the RCC to make more money, There is nothing to exorcise, the demons are as make believe as their so called god and his zombie son . The people who buy into this BS are nothing more than brain dead

  • http://www.theexorcisms.com/ Exorcist

    In this earth negative energy always exists surrounding the people so people have to be aware about such things and this is really helpful to know about Exorcism…  


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