When businesses have a dire need for people with a unique skill set, they’ll sometimes offer in-house training and education to their own employees. The Catholic Church is no exception.
The U.S. Catholic Church has been overwhelmed with requests for exorcists of late. That’s a problem because the Church only has five or six trained American exorcists on staff.
How many exorcists does the Church actually need? According to Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, “each diocese should have its own.”
To remedy the situation, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are holding special training workshops to teach clergy members the ins and outs of performing exorcisms.
Fifty-six bishops and 66 priests signed up for a two-day exorcism workshop, which was held in Baltimore.
According to Catholic Church law, only properly trained priests can perform exorcisms — and these priests must first get the permission of their bishops.
Some signs of a possible demonic possession include:
- biting of the skin
- extreme displays of strength, and
- a strong or violent reaction to holy water.
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