Thursday, March 11, 2010

Yes, the Vatican Has a Chief Exorcist

Details may be found here.

Quotes from the Chief Exorcist:

"When the possessed dribble and slobber, and need cleaning up, I do that too. Seeing people vomit doesn't bother me."

He also condemned the Harry Potter books, saying they were dangerous because they dabbled in the occult and failed to draw a clear distinction between "the Satanic art" of black magic and benevolent white magic.

And just for the record, there is indeed an Association of Exorcists.

9 comments:

The Constitutional Crusader said...

The man's idiotic comments about Harry Potter aside, I see nothing wrong with this. Of course there are exorcists among the priests in the catholic church. Demonic possession, while extremely rare, is still a reality. Look up Emily Rose for an example.

Mehal said...

I looked up Emily Rose. It's a movie. The woman who it is based off died of malnutrition and dehydration during the exorcism period.

I don't understand what I was supposed to learn here.

pablo said...

Crusader,

"Demonic Possession" a reality? No wonder you had no idea that "Trickle Down" economics don't work: you're apparently from Medieval times.

The Constitutional Crusader said...

Wow. Great rebuttal there, Pablo. Telling me I'm from Medieval times because I believe something you apparently don't is just the sort of eloquent speaking that makes people like me just salivate to convert to liberalism. NOT!

And Mehal, I am well aware that the Emily Rose story was made into a movie. Yet the movie itself was based on factual events. I apologize as I directed you to the wrong name. Here are the facts: http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/emilyrose.php.

And, just one final thought from this right wing capitalist pig: If trickle down doesn't work, then why did we experience eight straight years of growth under Ronald Reagan, followed by four more under Bush the Elder, who up until the end upheld the Reagan policies?

Joseph said...

CC, my GOD do you need to learn some history. You really do.

1. Reagan had to undo most of his tax cuts because of exploding deficits. The 1986 tax act was the biggest tax INCREASE in history. Bush I had to raise taxes for similar reasons.

2. Economic growth and median income were STRONGER under Clinton than they were under Reagan. Clinton raised taxes while Republicans were unanimously predicting disaster. The "disaster" was some of the greatest economic growth in U.S. history.

3. The 8 years under Bush the Lesser saw a DECLINE in median income for the first time since the Great Depression, while Bush DOUBLED the national debt and concentrated wealth in the hands of the upper 1% to a greater degree since any time since 1929.

For crying out loud, stop listening to Fox "News" and Limbaugh and start educating yourself.

pablo said...

Crusader,

Just because you believe in something I don't does not make you from Medieval times, but in this specific case, it does. While many subjects are worthy of rigorous debate, "demonic possession" is not one of them. Quite frankly, I'm embarrassed for any educated person in this day and age who believes in such a thing.

I give this topic the same response as I would someone telling me that disease is brought about by tiny demons with pitchforks stabbing people. I do not feel at all hesitant in labeling it for what it is: Medieval.

I do, however, feel reassured by your observation that demonic possession is extremely rare. From what I've read, in much earlier times it was much more prevalent. That's progress.

The Constitutional Crusader said...

Also, you cite no sources. How do I know you're not snowing me on the info about Reagan?

The Constitutional Crusader said...

I have been educating myself, thank you. I don't know why you insist on believing that I'm an idiot simply because I believe differently than you do (that IS the implication in your statement.)

Do you want to know why we experienced growth under Clinton? It wasn't because he increased taxes. It was because of the Gingrich Revolution in 1994, when the Republican Congress sent bill after bill to his desk that, because of this sweeping change in power the president had no choice but to sign or risk losing his second term.

Gingrich's plan for welfare reform put people back to work, as did another jobs bill President Clinton signed (the name of which escapes me.) Oh, and how does implying that I'm uneducated help to further your argument at all?

The Constitutional Crusader said...

Pablo, I still believe that demonic possession is a reality. I am well aware that not EVERY case is demonic possession, but some are.