AND when you have a haunting you need a accomplished exorcist to deal with the problem – or, in the case of that troublesome Amazon Synod – FOUR!
Conservative Catholics haven’t stopped kwetching ever since Pope Francis, together with Amazonian indigenous leaders, participated in what many have described as a ‘pagan’ tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican Gardens as part of the Amazon synod in October.
It’s now being reported that four exorcists have issued a joint statement asking Catholics worldwide to dedicate December 6 as a day of fasting, prayer and reparation:
For the purpose of driving out any diabolic influence within the Church that has been gained as a result of recent events.
The priests suggest the Rosary and prayers to the Sacred Heart, as well as:
Some form of penance, such as fasting, abstinence and other forms of mortification.
The demon-busters, who have requested anonymity due to the “sensitivity” of their ministries, cited in a particular way the controversy that took place during the Synod, when statues purportedly of Pachamama, a goddess worshiped by indigenous Andeans, were incorporated into various synod events.
They said in a statement:
These events bring home the reality that we are in spiritual warfare, and that warfare is happening with the Church itself.
The lengthy statement begins:
In light of recent events regarding the Pachamama ritual in the Vatican Gardens, the subsequent procession of the idol into St. Peter’s, as well as placing the idols in St. Maria in Traspontina church, we are reminded of the words of St. Paul (1 Corinthians 10:20), ‘Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is anything? Or, that the idol is anything? But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.’
The Psalms (95:5) tell us that ‘all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.’ These events bring home the reality that (Ephesians 6:12) ‘our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.’We are, therefore, encouraging all Catholics who recognize the evil of the events to join us in a day of prayer and penance on December 6th, for the purpose of driving out any diabolic influence within the Church that has been gained as a result of these recent events – along with any other events.
They are calling this baloney an:
Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Ever read of exorcists calling for a day of reparation for child abuse in the Catholic Church? No? Me neither. But back in 2010, in a New York Times op-ed, Maureen Dowd delivered a marvelous line:
This church needs a sexorcist more than an exorcist.
She was commenting on the fact that Father Gabriele Amorth, above, the chief exorcist for the Holy See, said in Rome that The Times’s coverage of Pope Benedict, which cast doubt on his rigour in dealing with paedophile priests, was “prompted by the Devil.”
Amorth, who joined the Choir Invisible aged 91 in 2016 said:
There is no doubt about it, because he is a marvelous Pope and worthy successor to John Paul II. It is clear that the Devil wants to grab hold of him.
Amorth also said that the abuse scandal showed that Satan uses priests to try to destroy the church:
And so we should not be surprised if priests too … fall into temptation. They also live in the world and can fall like men of the world.
Dowd blew off the old fraud by writing:
Actually, falling into temptation is eating cupcakes after you’ve given them up for Lent. Rape and molestation of children is far beyond what most of us think of as succumbing to worldly temptation.