friday and saturday, bishops in america will meet at a conference designed to prepare" more priests and bishops to respond to the demand" for... for what? for better pastoral guidance in a changed world? to be more accepting of all kinds of people? to discuss changing their stance on birth control or homosexuality?
oh bitch please, no!
they're meeting to prepare more priests and bishops to respond to the demand for EXORCISMS.
the conference is meant to help catholic clergy members distinguish between people who need psychiatric care and those who actually need an exorcism.
that's right, because the catholic church believes that people can actually be possessed.
bishop thomas j paprocki drops this truth bomb on us: "not everyone thinks they need an exorcism actually needs one."
oh, really? because i thought that people who felt that a demon or devil was physically manifesting itself in their body and minds just needed a cross and some holy water thrown on them.
paprocki goes on to say that exorcism "is only used in those cases where the devil is involved in an extraordinary sort of way in terms of actually being in possession of the person."
so if the devil is involved in a less than extraordinary way you're shit out of luck, because then you're just crazy.