Exorcism on the rise.



To the great pleasure of the Catholic church, exorcism is on the rise in Poland.


“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.

Ironically, he attributed the rise in demonic possessions in what remains one of Europe’s most devoutly Catholic nations partly to the switch from atheist communism to free market capitalism in 1989.




Quibbles about “atheist communism” aside, remember the findings of those Australian researchers? One of the strongest predictors of conspiracy and rejection of sound scientific thinking was a strong belief that “the free market” would solve everything. Maybe there is something to that idea…

But more relevantly, the article gets better. What else does “Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist” think about the rise of exorcisms? He doubles down on the crazy:

“Possession comes as a result of committing evil. Stealing, killing and other sins,”……depictions of demonic possession in horror films are largely accurate. “It manifests itself in the form of screams, shouting, anger, rage — threats are common,” Posacki said. Manifestation in the form or levitation is less common, but does occur and we must speak about it — I’ve seen it with my own eyes,”


Apparently “The Exorcist” was a real life documentary, and you can become possessed by demons by committing various crimes….and Posacki needs to learn more about confirmation bias while he gets his eyes checked.

Instead of the Catholic church, call these guys.


There is one small silver lining here.

Priests performing exorcism also work with psychiatrists in order to avoid mistaking mental illness for possession, he said

This. So much this. This isn’t the work of the supernatural. This is the result of a failure to be reasonable, and a lack of qualified mental health professionals.

Seriously Poland. Carl Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World” is only like $12. Read it.


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  • Bradley C.

    I really want to know how one becomes a “leading demonologist” because I would LOVE to put that on my business card!

  • DTR

    Q: What happens if you don’t pay your exorcist?

    A: You get repossessed!

  • John Horstman

    Oh man, I want my professional title to be Head Demonologist!

  • Nate Frein

    The logic of possession makes no sense to me. At all.

    The whole concept of “sin” requires free will. If you’re possessed, you have no free will. So, assuming that hell actually exists and your sins can result in you going to hell, then how does possessing someone help a demon get you to hell? Nothing the demon makes you do can count towards eternal damnation, because you had no free will to do so. If anything, it works against the demon, because it shows the world that demons actually exist, which means God exists and is watching you.

    Ironically, it was my Catholic upbringing (not that I’m trying to say everyone’s Catholic upbringing was like this…I personally think I was very fortunate) that helped teach me rational and skeptical thinking. When I was older, of course, I applied the same rational thinking and skepticism to Catholicism, and walked away from the whole deal. While I was still drinking the Kool Aid, however, the priest who taught my confirmation class basically told us that Jesus never actually cast out demons. He taught us that Jesus was a healer, and a healer only, and that what people described as demonic possession lined up very nicely with epileptic seizures (which Jesus healed).

    I just wish every xian thought that way…

  • Loqi

    My warlock in World of Warcraft is demonology spec. Since I’m an officer in the guild, I can probably call myself a “leading demonologist.” I wonder if Posacki’s qualifications are similar.