The Telegraph wrote:'Emergency' need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic
Exorcists are in urgent demand as a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in Satanism and the occult, experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US said.
Speaking in tongues, levitating and vomiting nails may seem far-fetched to most people, but church experts insist there is a need to recruit more priests as exorcists in order to combat sorcery and black magic.
Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, which is endorsed by the Vatican, described as an “emergency” the lack of priests capable of fighting the forces of evil.
“The lack of exorcists is a real emergency. There is a pastoral emergency as a result of a significant increase in the number of diabolical possessions that exorcist priests are confronting,” he told La Stampa newspaper.
He called for the establishment of a permanent training college or university where Catholic priests would be taught how to counter the malign influence of the Devil. “There doesn’t exist a training institution at university level. We need an interdisciplinary approach in which science collaborates with religion, and psychiatrists work with demonologists and exorcists.”
“We need an interdisciplinary approach in which science collaborates with religion, and psychiatrists work with demonologists and exorcists.”
On the other hand:
Satanic Temple brings after-school club to Portland elementary school
In August, the provisional Portland chapter of the national organization of the Satanic Temple began their efforts to bring their After School Satan Club to Nehalem Elementary School. Around the same time, a Seattle chapter of the temple also attempted to bring the program to a school in Washington.
Now, the Portland chapter succeeded in bringing that program to an elementary school inside city limits.
Finn Rezz, one of two heads of the chapter, said via email that the organization has been approved to begin their program, which focuses "on science and rational thinking," on Oct. 19 at Sacramento Elementary School.