"I understand that the
new rite of exorcism has been severely criticized."
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post-Vatican II exorcisms may be worthy of severe criticism. For example,
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Exorcisms - Ancient prayers and practices used in exorcisms - which have been
proven effective - may have been abandoned in the wake of Vatican II. The new
procedures have been criticized by exorcists [e.g. for failing to actually
include an actual exorcism - 'an exorcism is not a prayer to God; exorcism is a
command issued to the Devil in the name of God. The very word exorcism tells you
that - exorcizo, I adjure' (As one priest ('Fr. X') says, 'As with the so-called
'exorcism' in the modern Rite of Baptism, simply placing the sub-heading
Exorcism does not make what follows an exorcism'), by giving the appearance that
the priest does not have special power to cast out the devil, by omitting
important directives in use for hundreds of years, for 'scandalously (refusing)
to bless objects but only persons', etc.], and even Pope Paul VI has said, 'I do
not know why we have shortened exorcisms: I am not sure that it was very
realistic or fitting.' Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist in Rome, has said
'The declarations contained in the new Ritual are very serious and very
damaging. They are the fruit of ignorance and inexperience.' He also comments
that the long awaited ritual 'has turned into a farce. An incredible obstacle
that is likely to prevent us acting against the demon.' He also uses terms such
as 'absurd', 'masterstroke of incompetence', 'absolutely ineffectual', and
refers to 'grave errors' in the ritual, and says that 'We have a clergy and an
episcopate who no longer believe in the devil, in exorcisms, in the
extraordinary evil that the devil can cause, nor in the power that Jesus has
given us to drive out demons.' He complains that exorcists are now 'up against a
wall of rejection and derision' from various high-ranking prelates."
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