On the one hand I can see it probably does do some good to reassure the mentally ill they arent possessed, but really, exorcism?
Prominent Anglican priest and former police chaplain Barry May is forging a reputation as an exorcist by performing the ritual about once a fortnight around Perth.
Father Barry said an increasing number of people were seeking his help, partly because of a growing awareness about his service and partly because “the occult is awakening”.
I hope hes not charging for this spiritual service.
Archbishop Herft said the Church worked with psychologists or counsellors but Father Barry admitted he used his own judgment on whether a person needed spiritual or psychological guidance.
At least it looks like they try and seek psychological help for the people when they think its needed…
It seems not influenced by denomination either, heres a fascinating write up in the Australian about the Vatican’s chief exorcist.
In many cases, he says, they vomit objects such as nails or glass. Father Amorth has a collection weighing 2kg.
“You get used to being vomited over.
“I once performed an exorcism on a woman who managed to hit me in the face with a stream of vomit from the other side of the room – physically impossible.”
Father Amorth has no designated successor, and complains that even now the church hierarchy does not take exorcism – or the devil – seriously enough. But “the Lord has made use of me” and his example has inspired many other priests – as did the 1973 film The Exorcist, which although “exaggerated” was “substantially true”.
Heres a few clips claiming to be exorcism from various denominations, Orthodox, Muslim and others. So it does seem to be a widespread religious belief.
Check under the fold for more “real” exorcism.