Vatican City (AFP) - 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."
This advice is in stark contrast to the spirit of his actions for the past few years. By all accounts, Pope Francis has shown that he hardly believes in the Devil at all.
But more insane than that, Pope Francis' pick for Tulsa bishop speaks against his own advice. Don't forget, friends, Bishop Konderla, Pope Francis' pick for Eastern Oklahoma's latest bishop decided it was for the best to dissolve an entire order of exorcist priests who were formed to do battle with an increasingly large amount of literal Satanism in Oklahoma.
This exorcist society led by Fr. Ripperger was suppressed, and later they had to remove themselves to Denver. As for us folks left in Oklahoma, we are to fend for ourselves against principalities and powers we have no authority to deal with.
"Call an exorcist," indeed. What an insult to us Oklahomans.