Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
It (almost) never ceases to confound me, the idiocy the Holy Cee will stoop to:
Exorcists now have an extra weapon in their fight against evil – the official backing of the Catholic church. The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported this week that the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy had approved the organisation's statutes and recognised the group under canon law.
More than his predecessors, Pope Francis speaks frequently about the devil, and last year was seen placing his hands on the head of a man supposedly possessed by four demons in what exorcists said was a prayer of liberation from Satan.
The head of the association, the Rev Francesco Bamonte, said the Vatican approval was cause for joy. "Exorcism is a form of charity that benefits those who suffer," he told L'Osservatore.
Charity? No. Personally, I’d like to see every single ‘exorcist’ on earth get tried for crimes against humanity. Because demons don’t exist. Period. Here in the 21st century, we don’t require the aid of a bunch of iron-age-shepherd shamans – and people who proffer a false alternative are worse than liars…mistaking superstitious drivel for actual psychological therapy. So many human minds, suffering because of other people’s ‘spiritual charity’.
And scars like these…scars too, have ripples. Pain has a memetic echo that carries its message across the years somehow, an evolutionary flourish the hindbrain inherits.
And these pointy-headed witch doctors are doing nothing but increasing the risk and pain of those individuals who require actual professional help, not the Voodoo Catholick dance jive, some old geezer spraying the victim with water and chanting some Latin rubbish.
It’s a disgrace. A disgrace to the human race. Somebody should seriously lock these con artists up.