Saturday, November 13, 2010

Exorcism Conference in Baltimore!

Oh, how I love the lede on this recent story from Catholic News Service: "U.S. [Roman Catholic] Bishops are looking for a few good men to become exorcists." How could I not keep reading?

Apparently, there's a national shortage of trained exorcists and so 56 bishops and 66 priests are attending as I write this a Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism. Where? Here in Baltimore (aka, Charm City).

Conference attendees would probably think I'm possessed because right now my eyes are rolling, I'm gnawing on a hangnail, scratching my head, and muttering.*

Why, in the name of all that is holy, are they limiting this training to a few "good men"?

I say they should be recruiting a few good women, especially those whose teenagers have clean rooms and whose husbands always keep the toilet seat down. Exorcism is clearly woman's work.

Lord, have mercy.



*All kidding aside, for a fine social history, I highly recommend American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty by sociologist Michael W. Cuneo

1 comment:

  1. ...how about homiletics? Could the bishops not get them to line up for training there? Somehow I think that is our desperate need!! (Seriously!)

    Still if they can train 'em to exorcise the demon of the teen-socks, I'll open a case!!

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