An Irish priest has put out an urgent call for backup to help with the growing demand for exorcisms in the country, according to reports.
“It’s only in recent years that the demand [for exorcisms] has risen exponentially,” Father Pat Collins said, adding that anyone who doesn’t see the need for more exorcists is “out of touch with reality.” Collins wrote an open letter to Irish bishops asking them to begin training more priests to deal with exorcisms, and he cited the International Association of Exorcists’ belief that demonic activity has increased substantially in recent years.
Collins has been speaking out about the activities of what he has called “the evil one” for years. He is widely considered Ireland’s most prominent exorcist, and he has also advocated for the church to take a more active role in demon hunting.
"Anyone who doesn’t see the need for more exorcists is out of touch with reality.”
Just let that bounce around in your skull a little.
These are the people we are forced to share the planet with. These are the people whose beliefs we are encouraged to respect.
Thank you, but no thank you.
This kind of superstitious nonsense should be called out and refuted every single time we hear about it.
No, people are not talking to an actual god.
No, there are no guardian angels watching over you.
No, there are no spirits which need to be placated with charms or magic spells.
And no, there are no demons.
Yes, there is mental illness, and yes there are scientifically based strategies for supporting those who suffer with them.
And an exorcism is the very last thing that they need.