Thursday, November 11, 2010

Only 5 or 6 exorcists in United States, says bishop

There’s a terrible shortage of exorcists in the USA, according to a report from Catholic News Service.

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, told Catholic News Service he knows of perhaps five or six exorcists in the United States. They are overwhelmed with requests to perform the rite, he said.

“There’s this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental U.S.,” Bishop Paprocki said.

“Actually, each diocese should have its own resource (person). It shouldn’t be that this burden should be placed on a priest when his responsibility is for his own diocese,” he said.

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