February 19, 2005

Hell week at the seminary

The Vatican University is teaching a course in Satanism, demonic possession, and exorcism. Here's my favorite bit:

Thursday's lecturer, Rev. Gabriele Nanni, touched on the pitfalls of driving the devil from someone's body.

Priests must never be proud of their ability, remembering that they are merely conduits of Christ, he said. They must not perform exorcisms on people they suspect have psychological problems. And they should not get carried away and invent mystical gestures.

That's right -- when you're driving demons out of someone's body, the thing you want to be sure not to do is make shit up.

(Via Making Light.)

Posted by Francis at 02:04 PM