Pope Francis: Don’t Hesitate To Call An Exorcist

Yahoo News reports:

Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist. A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders,” the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers recount their sins.

Disorders could have their roots in all manner of circumstances, including supernatural ones, he suggested. In such circumstances the confessor “must not hesitate to refer to exorcists… chosen with great care and prudence.”

It is not the first time the pope has talked about exorcising demons from a believer’s person, and he generally refers more frequently than his predecessors to the devil, characterising him as a physical presence in this world. Vatican universities also regularly hold training courses for would-be exorcists despite the practice being frowned upon by some Church intellectuals.

  • Soren456

    I have a microwave that needs some attention . . .

    • Hue-Man

      Its attention is focused on you!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I don’t think exorcisms work on Kellyanne Conway.

  • dcurlee

    Best be sending one to the White House …. plenty of demons there that need to be excercised

    • Jeffg166

      The demon of Jezebel is definitely loose in the White House.

      • Stogiebear

        Has she been there since February?

    • Todd20036

      Trump could certainly use some exercise.

    • bmoore4026

      Fuck, send a legion of exorcists, pope.

    • SunsetGay

      I’m pretty sure they already tried it on Kellyanne Conartist and it backfired.

  • zhera

    O/T: The woman version of Interview Interrupted:


  • fuzzybits
  • Ryan Hunter

    Yes and a Witch Doctor and a Voodoo Priest. Such nonsense from the Vatican. They live in the Middle Ages. Sad.

  • There *is* something to exorcism.

    Some studies show that shamans/witch doctors often have better success with psychological disorders than western therapists,

    Demonic possession might not have anything to do with actual demons, and an exorcism might provide some psychological benefit to someone with certain kinds of psychological disorder.

    Even if it is a placebo effect,

    • another_steve

      The placebo effect is a real thing. A real phenomenon.

      Some people swear by acupuncture. Swear that it relieves whatever ails them. This in light of the unanimous opinion of medical experts that acupuncture is nothing but hocus-pocus quackery.

  • edrex

    well I certainly hope the Vatican course on exorcism is more informative than the online course offered through DeVry.

  • another_steve

    My cat has a spiritual disorder.

    Does that count?

    • Statistics Palin

      Is she a Roamin’ Catlick who projectile vomits? Or is she a nice Jewish girl possessed by a dybbuk?

      • another_steve

        I once had a Jewish boyfriend who was possessed by a dybbuk. He was gorgeous — drop-dead gorgeous — but he had an odd fetish. He was a “tickler.” He liked to tickle in bed. And I don’t mean playful occasional tickling. I mean heavy-duty serious tickling.


        You live long enough, you experience everything.

        • MT YVR

          At least twice to be sure.

  • Todd20036

    You’re an idiot Frank. Frank Burns in MASH was a smarter person than you were.

    • Chuck in NYC

      It’s crazy. One week he tells everyone science is to be respected and evolution is real; the next he’s endorsing exorcism. One step forward; one step back.

  • Rex

    I always chose with great care and prudence when selecting an exorcist.
    Not so much when I’m on Grindr.

  • greenmanTN

    Your mother sews socks that smell!


    • madknits

      The bed is on the floor. The bed is on the floor. The bed is on my foot! The bed is on my foot!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      “I’m so glad you could come. Forgive the stain on the rug.”


      • greenmanTN

        Your momma eats kitty litter! šŸ˜‰

  • fuzzybits
    • another_steve
      • The_Wretched

        It’s interesting how many plots would just fall apart if non-monogamy weren’t treated like it’s unthinkable.

        • another_steve

          Rod Serling and the other writers of the classic Twilight Zone episodes were products of mid-20th Century American morality. These were the years when to show a married couple sleeping in the same bed in a TV show was considered to be very very bold.

          LGBT people didn’t exist in the Twilight Zone. Tenderness between members of the same sex was rare. Some Twilight Zone buffs allege that Serling was homophobic in real life. There’s some evidence to support that, though there’s no consensus on the claim.

  • Smokey

    Would it work on Bannon or is that evil invincible?

    • Rex

      You can’t exorcise the devil from the devil.

    • greenmanTN

      My name is Pazuzu but my friends call me Steve.

  • Rex

    You can find an exorcist on Craigslist.
    Right by the listings for Republican Daddies in Oklahoma.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Rex

    There better be a pig nearby for the evil spirits to enter.
    Trump will do.

  • Rex

    My demons are the only interesting thing about me.

    • Treant

      Tell me about it. If I didn’t have the voices in my head, I’d be lonely. And boring.

      • another_steve

        The voices in my head think the voices in your head are crazy.

        • anne marie in philly

          my microwave thinks everyone is crazy!

          • another_steve

            Your microwave has been transmitting malicious electronic signals to my toaster.

            Please ask it to stop doing that.

          • anne marie in philly

            and your blender has been whispering to my stand mixer!

  • zhera

    Sometimes it seems as if the poop has multiple personalities. He talks about demons and exorcism one day and the next day he’s all progressive and shit. It must be hard for the poop lovers to know what to believe.

    I know a catholic who is more conservative than the poop yet she can’t say anything bad about him because that would make her a bad catholic. So she’s anti-immigration and pro-helping everybody at the same time. Seems stressful.

  • Treant

    The power of cash compels you! The power of cash compels you!

    • fuzzybits

      I always liked what Rev. Ike said. He told his congregation to put paper money in the collection plate because the change rattling made him nervous.

  • EweTaw

    Well, pope frankie does come from Argentina. And Argentines are really, really big on subjecting themselves to decades if not life-long one-on-one psychotherapy. Most likely frankie wasn’t approved to receive the usual talk therapy and only had the old “spooks are out to get you” treatment so popular with the catholic church.

  • bkmn
    • Nowhereman

      I hope they take all their shit with them when baby Jeebus comes to raptor them.

    • anne marie in philly


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  • Judas Peckerwood

    For people who already believe in an imaginary sky-wizard, belief in demonic possession isn’t that big of a leap.

  • bkmn

    Fear and ignorance – all you need to get rich.

  • The Church of England set up a network of exorcists in 1974, I believe, even though they are rarely used. I don’t think this is that uncommon in christianity.

    • another_steve

      Judaism has a nuanced understanding of “Satan.” Rather than being the opponent — the foe — of God, Satan is God’s agent. Works for the boy. In traditional Judaism, Satan is the spirit of temptation that constantly tests one’s allegiance to and faith in God.

      Faith doesn’t exist absent the concept of “faithlessness,” and vice versa. This is reflective of a very ancient Daoist principle: “this” defines “that.”

      Light defines darkness. You recognize “light” — acknowledge its existence — only because you recognize and acknowledge darkness.

      Without the one, the other does not exist.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • another_steve

    Projectile vomiting is fun.

  • Sashineb

    And then there’s this idiot’s method:


  • Tomcat

    I would rather cast out the false profits.

    • Craig Howell

      Oh, the profits are real enough. For the Right People.

  • bsinps

    We’ll need a clown car load of exorcist in the white house urgently. Before more damage is done. Please help!!! šŸ˜ˆšŸ˜ˆšŸ˜ˆ šŸ˜šŸ˜šŸ˜

  • Hue-Man

    Why not exorcism given every other insanity religion preaches!

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Republican sells laws that smell.

  • geoffalnutt

    Frankie never fails to disappoint.

    • andrew

      What do you expect. He is an 80 year old man who has spent 60 years of his life as a member of a Catholic Religious Order?

  • Rex

    Oh, Donny Boy, the Popes, the Popes are calling….

    • Treant

      From scam to scam, Oh! The Borgias just went by!

      • Earl

        The rings of Hell, they are overflowing.

        • Adam King

          Get out the knives, the babes must bleed and die!

    • Paula Key

      ruined Danny Boy forever…LOL or maybe the downtrodden masses will rise and it will be – the pikes, the pikes, are calling….

  • david fairfield

    I fucking hate this asshole and his “disordered” bullshit. GO FUCK YOURSELF POPE ASSHOLE!

  • Macbill

    I prefer Black Magic Voodoo, which just mirrors the cultural differences between the New World and the Old.

    • Adam King

      Seems to me the differences are pretty superficial.

  • The_Wretched

    Paid exorcisms is Pope Fluffy Bunny’s solution to declining tithes? Why not break out the sale of indulgences again or special price discounts and sales on annulments?

  • Ben in Oakland

    My husband just asked me about the exorcism video below

    Do people pay for the exorcisms?

    That’s weird.

    • Rex

      I wait for the buy one, get one sales. That way I can get one myself and give one as a gift.

      • Ben in Oakland

        You are a smart shopper, dear.

        Except for….


      • Canadian Observer

        Do they have BOGOs for plenary indulgences too? Asking for a friend.

    • Jon Doh
    • Craig Howell

      Too obvious: If you DON’T pay for your exorcisms, you’ll get repossessed!

      • Ben in Oakland

        Im so brilliant, and yet I didn’t think of the obvious. Maybe it’s too obvious. Yeah, that’s the problem.

  • unsavedheathen

    That’s the great thing about the RCC, you’re always just a skip and a jump away from the thirteenth century.

    • Adam King

      B. C.

  • SunsetGay

    Pope Francis, you know better. You come from the liberal wing of the Vatican. You know that exorcisms, stigmata, and all the Hocus Pocus demon bullshit from the movies is a big fat lie.

    What’s bothersome is that you don’t have the balls to admit it’s bullshit. Instead you are trying to find a middle ground with the fire and brimstone wing of the Vatican.


    • Adam King

      All the hocus-pocus god/jeebus bullshit is bullshit just as much, and he’s all about that. Once you start pretending one imaginary bit of nonsense is real, the floodgates are wide open for the rest of it. And it’s all an elaboration of the repulsive blood-sacrifice magic of a primitive, ignorant bunch of savages.

    • andrew

      “the liberal wing of the Vatican” LOL.

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  • The_Wretched

    In case anyone is wondering, the supernatural is just that; not ‘natural’ as in not existing in reality. Every confirmable explanation for everything is ‘natural’ and always has been. Every testable ‘supernatural’ explanation has been shown to be wrong.

    The safest bets ever are ones based on reality existing as science knows it.

  • Tor

    “Church intellectual.” Oxymoron.

  • greenmanTN
  • Earl

    At best it’s a placebo, Nah, that’s all it is. Spray incense and holy water, what a great way to get rid of evil (smelling) spirits.

  • Stogiebear

    Oh, these wacky Papists!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    People, please please PLEASE stop calling exorcists for trivial problems like a growling coming from your basement, your toddler levitating or blood running down your walls. We are experiencing an exorcist shortage right now and we need to send them all to the White House.


  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci
  • Gustav2

    Oh dear gawd!

  • Jon Doh

    Can an Exorcist get those alter boys their virginity back?

    • Paula Key

      The altar boys were altered for life.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    The Power of Chrysler compels you!”

    • Clive Johnson

      It has, for over 75,000 miles.

    • BobSF_94117

      Not just compels, also propels. That Pope-mobile doesn’t run on air.

  • JCF

    Frank, start w/ 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Mar-a-Lago!

    • Paula Key

      Surround the White House with exorcists.

  • geoffalnutt

    That’s like saying “don’t hesitate to call Billy Bass!” I guarantee Billy will give identical results.

  • CottonBlimp

    Even if the Pope was genuinely a good persom who was really trying to stop child rape and really cared about the poor beyond fleecing them (he isn’t) he is still sentencing the mentally ill and children with stupid parents to horrific abuse just through his own ignorance and superstition.

    The sooner we can push these nutbags out of mainstream society, the better.

  • witch

    Oh, great ! People with real mental illness will not get the medical help they really need

    • Paula Key

      Right. “No insurance? Mental health problems? Mental health problems and carrying a gun? Call your local church, synagogue, mosque, temple for Free exorcisms.

  • Nic Peterson

    Who ya gonna call? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a1a7d226c286dac7ce5b9590ae5ff473495f5e1d3a7026f074bc8df5ed593a1.jpg

    Sorry everyone, this recovering catlick just can’t take this shit seriously.

  • Carl

    Maybe I haven’t been visiting the sites I used to, but I haven’t seen as much strained gushing over Pope Frank from liberal corners.

    For some reason people loved this guy.

  • NancyP

    Oh no. ANOTHER rehash of the ancient “Exorcist” case…which is local lore in my town

  • Carl

    Yes we need one at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in D.C. STAT!

  • Mike

    Your mother sews socks that smell.

  • andrew

    Francis believes that demons exist. Oh my!

    • Mike

      I heard an NPR story a few years ago which discussed Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the fact that among conservative religiosos, belief in demons is widespread and commonly accepted. I remember when no catholic nun, brother or priest teacher of mine ever even said the word demons. When The Exorcist came out, word was the church was embarrassed by it. But nearly fifty years later, it seems that exorcism is now a kind of alternative emergency medicine to keep on the speed dial, and it’s endorsed by the pope.

      Religion poisons everything, and over time it only gets worse.