Feeds

Top exorcist says Satan at work in Vatican

When did they bring in the equal opps policy?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Catholic Church's top exorcist has warned that Satan is alive and well and causing a whole load of problems at the Holy See.

Father Gabriele Amorth, who according to The Times is president of honour of the Association of Exorcists, said the Vatican's current problems - including recurrent child abuse allegations and a brewing gay prostitution scandal - can be largely attributed to Lucifer's visitation at the Vatican.

According to The Times, Amorth blames "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".

"When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia," he said.

Amorth is probably better qualified than most when it comes to dealing with Satan and the lesser demons. He has apparently dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession*. He was instrumental in ensuring that the traditional exorcism ritual was retained, despite the Vatican's minting of a new "improved" ritual, which Amorth condemned as a "blunt sword".

At the same time, Amorth is clearly worldly enough to use the dark arts of PR. His comments follow the launch of a book - Father Amorth. Memoirs of an Exorcist. My life fighting against Satan - based on interviews with the priest by Italian journalist Marco Tosatti.

According to the Catholic News Agency, in the book Amorth is asked if he had told the Pope about the Satanic forces at work within the Holy See.

"Of course," replied Father Amorth. "But he does what he can. It's a horrifying thing."

But there is a slight problem, in that being German, the Pope has not much of a background in demonology, with Amorth explaining "there practically aren't any exorcists [there]".

The Association of Exorcists apparently has 200 members, all priests. However, inevitably, there is an American organisation that allows anyone to become an exorcist. It says exorcists must show the qualities of "commitment, compassion, love, determination, and perseverance" and pay the annual dues of $5, or $10 if they live outside the US. ®

Correction

We previously said Fr Amorth performed 70,000 exorcisms, rather than simply dealing with that number of cases. That would of course mean an incredibly busy schedule.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted as site supremo coughs up
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors
'It's ecological' says spokesman, now how would you like your Bambi done?
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so
Website letting consumers claim $10 cash back crashes after stampede
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.