With this new Pope, it’s sometimes hard to tell.
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.
Do some of you folks actually believe in this stuff?
Can I politely ask you to, please, join us in the real world?
I suppose we ought to be happy he’s at least not calling for another round of Inquisition good times.
Update: The Vatican is denying the report:
The Vatican is denying reports it plans to install more exorcists around the world so possessed people can get help quickly.
“Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters in Rome Friday.
Please note that they still believe demonic possession is real and that exorcism is something more than saying silly things in a dead language. They are still living in the mental Middle Ages.