This one’s going to be relatively short, too, since Miss Pink took me out to Le Petite Provence for brunch and then see the new Star Trek movie. SPOILER (highlight to read): Chekov kills Dumbledore.
So apparently there’s a problem with the Devil possessing people in Spain. Hardly surprising, since Spain is predominately Catholic and all. But apparently the problem is so bad that they’re starting to recruit new exorcists to tackle the problem. They only have one, and he can’t be the only guy to shout at hovering little girls who barf pea soup all over the place. Gets kind of old.
The Catholic archdiocese in Madrid says it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil.
An archdiocese spokeswoman said Friday that Madrid only has one exorcist priest and that it is considering a plan to train more. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with archdiocese policy.
“The devil exists. That’s a fact,” she told The Associated Press.
Is it a fact that the devil exists, or is it just easier to call something you don’t understand “the devil” in order to stop trying to figure out the real answer? How’s about instead of throwing priests at the problem, we get a team of scientists, a medical doctor, and a psychologist to give the “possessed” individual a once-over to make sure there’s nothing else going on? I have a hunch that one person’s possession is another person’s schizophrenia.
ReligionenLibertad, a Catholic website, blames the growing secularization of Spanish society for what it calls an increase in people asking for help with their demons.
I have another hunch that with the growing secularization and the passage of time, the problem of demonic possession will rapidly take care of itself.