Somewhere, Linda Blair is chuckling to herself in a really creepy way.
According to LGBTQNation, the Vatican has told a group of exorcists that they shouldn’t try to cast out COVID-19 from worshippers.
The order came down during the Course on Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation Conference, which was being held at a Vatican-owned Roman Catholic university. The conference is a gathering of the world’s exorcists (yes, there apparently enough of them to merit a conference), and after the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic, the attendees had a lively discussion regarding the lingering virus.
“Overwhelmingly we were asked to exorcise COVID from people who were sick,” Father Miguel Martin, a Spanish exorcist who is attending the conference, told The Daily Beast. “We were told under no circumstance should we perform the rite on a COVID patient.”
Demand for exorcisms soared after lockdown months of COVID-19 pandemic, priests told https://t.co/4L7HqobjLO
— Catholic Herald (@CatholicHerald) October 27, 2021
Exorcism is defined as “a ritual for removing evil spirits from a person or a place” and requires permission from a bishop to perform. The principles of the Catholic Church state that: “Jesus performed exorcisms and from him, the Church has received the power and office of exorcizing.” The Church currently employs hundreds of priests “trained” in demonic possession, and they take it very seriously. Earlier this year, a Catholic church in Wisconsin parted ways with a priest who conducted exorcisms aimed at rooting out supposed election fraud in the 2020 presidential elections that he believed was responsible for President Joe Biden’s win.
— LGBTQ Nation (@lgbtqnation) October 29, 2021
LGBTQNation reports that Bishop Donald Hying of the Madison, Wisconsin Diocese, did not give permission for any “partisan political activity.” Instead, Hying said that he only gave permission a few months ago to perform exorcisms “for the intention of alleviation from the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic.” The priest who performed the ritual was relocated to another diocese and called himself “a victim of a demonic Catholic Antifa.”
Report that exorcisms have increased due to Covid.
— Steppenwolf (@Lonerfirst) October 26, 2021