Exorcists, do we got any in Wisconsin?
The Anchoress(devils are hot article) reminded me of a conversation I had with a diocesan priest. He said our diocese does not have an exorcist. She quotes Tim Muldoon who said:
“. . . it’s hard to avoid the fact that there’s suddenly a fascination with all things demonic. Consider this Discovery Channel series in production, cooperating with the Vatican (though the article does not specify who or what office of the Holy See). Then there are the films The Last Exorcism and, coming this month, Anthony Hopkins in The Rite– the latest in a more-or-less constant fascination with demons dating back to films like The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976) and others. And even the Catholic Church–at least in the United States–convened a conference in November for the sake of educating bishops (56 attended!) and priests on exorcism. Catholic News Service reports that a 2005 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith specified that every bishop is to appoint an exorcist in his diocese.”Amazing that only 56 bishops attended. Some of us love to appear superstitious(okay, maybe out of spite for modern thinkers), some of us avoid it at all costs. But if every bishop is to appoint an exorcist, is there one diocese in our state that does have one appointed? That's not to say we need to know WHO that priest is, just that one exists when needed. Sure, any priest can perform the much disintegrated rite, but he should at least be assisted or in consultation with a trained exorcist. Anybody know?