A shortage of Irish exorcists has led to an upsurge of evil

A shortage of Irish exorcists has led to an upsurge of evil January 29, 2018

Father Pat Collins, described as ‘a renowned exorcist’, has accused the Catholic Church of failing to deal adequately with an increase of evil in Ireland.
According to this report, the priest – in an open letter to the church hierarchy – exhorted his country’s bishops to provide more backup in dealing with an “exponential” surge of evil.
He reported seeing a parallel between the increase in evil activity with a growing apostasy within the Church:

There has been increasing evidence of the malicious activity of the Evil One.

He reported being flooded almost daily with desperate people asking for his help in handling what they believe to be demonic possession and other evil activity.
Collins said he was “baffled” the Irish bishops aren’t doing more to designate priests to address the various inquiries, which include people declaring supernatural encounters, being pulled from their beds and also “out-and-out possession”.
A spokesperson for the Irish bishops’ conference confirmed that the Church does require each diocese to have a trained exorcist who knows how to differentiate between demonic possession and mental or physical illness.
The spokesperson also said, however that:

Exorcisms are very rare and this office has not been made aware of any cases of  exorcism in Ireland in recent years.

Collins, a trained psychologist, said it was possible that that he’s being sought out by so many people seeking help because he’s well known as an exorcist. But he said there has definitely been a dramatic increase in people experiencing manifestations of evil.

I can’t judge from my own subjective experience because people see on the Internet that I’m supposed to be an exorcist, so I get an inordinate number of calls from people, and emails. All I can say is I have that reputation, but it’s only in recent years that the demand has risen exponentially.
What I’m finding out desperately is people who in their own minds believe – rightly or wrongly – that they’re afflicted by an evil spirit,” said Father Collins, also a trained psychologist.

Even in cases where demonic possession is not present, he added, people who come to the Church for help are frequently not getting it.

When they turn to the Church, the Church doesn’t know what to do with them and they refer them on either to a psychologist or to somebody that they’ve heard of that is interested in this form of ministry, and they do fall between the cracks and often are not helped.

It often takes several meetings with a trained priest to discern what the individual is experiencing and that it does not involve a demonic spirit and instead either a medical, psychiatric or psychological problem, he said.
Collins said it’s clear in the Bible that exorcism is fundamental to the ministry of Jesus, and that he wondered whether clergy in Church today still believe that there are evil spirits, stating:

I suspect they don’t.

In a documentary last November he said he was”bothered” by the failure of the the Church to train exorcists.
He said the Church was right for admitting its sinfulness in not defending children during the sex abuse scandal and for the measures put in place since.

But it appalls me that we have no safeguarding from the evil spirits. I say that in the sense that we don’t train anybody to deal with these cases … it’s not that they don’t care – but they don’t know enough about it.
The buck has to land on the bishop’s desk. Who have you trained in your diocese? I would say to bishops, ‘Woe to you that neglect the spiritual care of the people.’

Before his death in 2016, world famous exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over 29 years. In 1990, he founded the International Association of Exorcists and was President until he retired, in 2000,
Collins noted that Pope Francis gave formal recognition to the International Association of Exorcists in 2014, which is a group of some 300 exorcists from 30 different countries.
The IAE has reported a significant increase in demonic activity in recent few years, according to a report from Catholic News Agency.
The National Catholic Register reported last March on an alarming increase in reports of demonic activity – with the number of exorcists outpaced by demand.
The Catholic Church draws clear distinction between demonic activity and psychological issues, stating in its Catechism:
It is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.
The rules of the Catholic rite of exorcism were recently updated to also state that an individual who believes they are possessed must rule out mental issues first before seeking an exorcism.

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  • Angela_K

    Good grief, don’t these deluded fools realise how childish and stupid they sound. And as for “evil” he should look among his own ranks for paedophiles.

  • Rob Andrews

    This is why there has to be a COMPLETE separation of church and state. Like General Franco’s Spain, anything other only nurses these old beliefs.
    Ireland and Spain, until the 70s, never had total separation of church and state. Ireland may still not.

  • John the Drunkard

    That’s 6+ exorcisms every single day for 20 years for Amorth?

  • Broga

    “The IAE has reported a significant increase in demonic activity in recent few years, ”
    I haven’t come across any yet but I will keep looking. When I find some I will let you know. Don’t hold your breath.

  • andym

    “This is why there has to be a COMPLETE separation of church and state. Like General Franco’s Spain, anything other only nurses these old beliefs.
    Ireland and Spain, until the 70s, never had total separation of church and state. Ireland may still not.”
    Agreed. It’s news like this that really brings home the necessity of secularism. It’s not just that they happen to promote such garbage. Their claim is that it’s specifically their belief in , and “knowledge” of,such crap that entitle them to a very large say in the lives of the rest of us.

  • Italian Scallion

    The only thing that produces evil is religion, and I mean “ALL” religions. I am all in favor of total and complete separation of church and state. Let the churches deal with their own dumb and stupid issues and let the states deal with their own issues. We don’t need any help from evil religions.

  • L.Long

    ALL religions are evil! And should NOT be given special, automatic treatment. They should be treated exactly for what they are a business that does charity to some small extent. And they must PROVE their charity like all other ones do!! IT will NEVER HAPPEN!

  • Brian Jordan

    people…being pulled from their beds
    Silly fellow – doesn’t he realise they were being abducted by aliens? Which is, after all, far more (but still not at all) likely.

  • Vanity Unfair

    I think I’ll stay outside the various Churches where I only have the Evil One with whom to contend.

  • AgentCormac

    Which century are we living in? When I read reports like this one I do sometimes have to stop and check.

  • Stuart H.

    I’d have thought it was pretty easy to spot evil in Ireland. After all, it usually wears a dog collar.
    Rather than more priests, the obvious answer would be to keep every vulnerable member of society well away from the parasites.

  • RussellW

    “Collins, a trained psychologist”. Unbelievable. ‘Physician, heal thyself”
    Brian Jordan,
    Yes, it’s also interesting how similar the stories of demonic possession are to alien abduction reports.

  • StephenJP

    I’d have thought there would be plenty of volunteers to become exorcists. Apparently you get to lay hands on people and stuff like that. It ought to be a great job for people of a certain bent.
    Seriously, this sort of drivel reinforces the need for separation of church and state, as others have pointed out; but also the need for proper protection and treatment for those suffering from mental afflictions. The latter should never be left to the tender mercies of the churches.

  • Robster

    Gosh! The kettle’s calling the pot black…

  • Maggie

    I just read the headline and started laughing. Now going back to read the article.

  • Laura Roberts

    “a trained psychologist”? It wouldn’t surprise me if the school’s name was omitted because they begged and pleaded with the reporter not to have their name associated with such infantile twaddle.

  • 1859

    They have to distinguish between those who are mentally ill and those who are genuinely possessed. The problem is there is no distinction between those who are possessed and those who are mentally ill. If you believe in virgin births, transubstantiation and all the rest of the church’s mystical garbage, you must be already very delusional; you are, in effect, already possessed yourself. Maybe the priests et al, are just beginning to wake up to how evil the entire edifice of the church is.

  • Philby

    Father Pat Collins, described as ‘a renowned exorcist’ is actually a nutter and a cleric of the worlds biggest and most evil crime syndicate. People like him need to be rounded up and isolated from society in large establishments where they can pray, bugger and exorcise as much as they want when they have done a 12 hour day of menial tasks to earn their keep.

  • Ate Berga

    1859 is correct. The religious loons should not be let loose on the public, especially those who might suffer greatly from mental health issues.