The Daily Mail says that the Pope will wage war on Satan in 2008, with an army of exorcists.
The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.
Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult.
They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of “Godlessness.”
Each bishop is to be told to have in his diocese a number of priests trained to fight demonic possession.
The initiative was revealed by 82-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican “exorcistinchief,” to the online Catholic news service Petrus.
“Thanks be to God, we have a Pope who has decided to fight the Devil head-on,” he said.
The Vatican has denied a report that Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) plans a new emphasis on exorcisms.
In an interview with Italy’s Petrus web site, which concentrates on Vatican affairs, Father Gabriele Amorth, the official exorcist of the Rome diocese, said that the Holy Father would soon undertake a new campaign to combat demonic possession. “Thank God,” said the Italian priest, “we have a Pope who has decided to confront the devil head-on.”
…But Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, flatly denied the Petrus report. The papal spokesman said: “Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession.”
Still I’m kind of hoping it’s true, and that Ratzenberger will go off on a “satanic panic” and leave gay folks and our families alone.
Homosexual marriages are part of “a new ideology of evil” that is insidiously threatening society, Pope John Paul says in a new book published Tuesday.
…In one section about the role of lawmakers, the Pope takes another swipe at gay marriages when he refers to “pressures” on the European Parliament to allow them.
“It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man,” he writes
Well, if the Pope did issue the order, but is just too embarrassed to admit it publicly, he might enlist the services of Ellel Ministries’ Jill Sothern, apparently an expert on the possession by “the spirit of homosexuality.” [Via Ex-Gay Watch.]
…When we engage in ungodly sex, we are enjoining our spirit to the demonic spirit behind it, and this destroys our lives.
“Ungodly sex allows our spirit to be penetrated by the demonic power behind the ungodly act. In fact, homosexuality is self-destructive behaviour.”
…”So this spirit of homosexuality has an appetite for homosexual acts, and is using your body for its own appetite. When a homosexual person confesses and repents the sin, we can tell the spirit to leave and the homosexual desire will also go,” said Southern, who has ministered into the lives of homosexuals in her country, many of whom have turned over a new leaf.