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Date: 2010-03-13 22:26:20
Subject: Wierd News story

Satan Is in the Vatican, Catholic Exorcist Says

David Knowles  Writer AOL News (March 10) -- 

 (March 10) -- The Rev. Gabriele Amorth, the man who has served as the
Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years, says the signs are there: The devil
has infiltrated St. Peter's.

Specifically, Amorth cites recent sexual abuse and pedophilia scandals as
well as what he deems a cover-up in the shooting deaths of two of the
Vatican's Swiss Guards and one of the guard's wives as proof that the
Catholic Church's most famous site is less than pure.

"When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true
-- including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia," Amorth was
cited as saying by The Times of London. The smoke of Satan references a
phrase coined by Pope Paul VI.
Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist in the diocese of Rome poses in Rome, 2005.
Giulio Napolitano, AFP / Getty Images
Rev. Gabriele Amorth, who served as the Catholic Church's chief exorcist
for 25 years, claims the devil has infiltrated the Vatican.

The Vatican, according to Amorth, was also home to "cardinals who do not
believe in Jesus and bishops who are linked to the demon."

Many of Amorth's claims are made in a new autobiography, titled "Memoirs of
an Exorcist."

Amorth, who is the founder and president of honor of the Association of
Exorcists, became an official exorcist in the Catholic Church in 1986, The
Times reports. But Amorth's diagnosis may not mean that the church is
preparing a Vatican exorcism any time soon.

Saying that Amorth had "gone well beyond the evidence" for Satanic
possession of the Vatican, Rome-based exorcist the Rev. Jos˙ Antonio Fortea
Cucurull told The Times, "Cardinals might be better or worse, but all have
upright intentions and seek the glory of God."

In an interview in 2002, Amorth was asked what defines an exorcism.

"Exorcism is a public prayer of the church done with the authority of the
church," Amorth replied. "Because it is done by a priest name by the
bishop; it is a prayer for the liberation from the demon, from the evil
influence of the demon or of the evil provoked by the demon."

Popular conceptions of the practice are largely based on the 1973 film "The
Exorcist," which Amorth called "exaggerated," but also praised for
presenting an accurate picture of the possessed.

In the past, Amorth has attributed events ranging from fires in Sicily to
the business woes of the airline Alitalia to the workings of Satan.
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