Friday, July 2, 2010

On the hesitation to exorcise

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, exorcist of Rome, wrote on the hesitation of priests to exorcise:

"Often priests do not believe in exorcisms, but if the bishop offers them the office of exorcist, they feel as though one thousand demons are upon them and refuse. Many times have I written that Satan is much more enraged when we take souls away from him through confession than when we take away bodies through exorcism. In fact, we cause the devil even greater rage by preaching because faith sprouts from the word of God. Therefore, a priest who has the courage to preach and hear confessions should not be afraid to exorcise."

(G. Amorth, An Exorcist Tells His Story, 67.)

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