Well it looks like all the terrific PR Pope Francis has engineered ever since he took office is about to go right down the crapper.
Exorcists now have an extra weapon in their fight against evil – the official backing of the Catholic church. The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.
The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported this week that the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy had approved the organisation’s statutes and recognised the group under canon law.
More than his predecessors, Pope Francis speaks frequently about the devil, and last year was seen placing his hands on the head of a man supposedly possessed by four demons in what exorcists said was a prayer of liberation from Satan.
The head of the association, the Rev Francesco Bamonte, said the Vatican approval was cause for joy. “Exorcism is a form of charity that benefits those who suffer,” he told L’Osservatore.
Of course it’s only logical that he who claims to represent a Big Invisible Bi-Polar Daddy Who Lives in The Sky should believe in the existence of his opposite — a personal friend of Woody Allen’s.
But it shouldn’t also follow that he approves of Dog and Pony Shows like this –
She forgot “Your Mother Sucks Cocks in Hell!”
Ken Russell had this all pegged back in 1971 — and was of course censored for doing so.
I’ll bet the Pope has a print of the unexpurgated version.
And now, who better to sing us out than Satan Himself!