U.S. bishops are looking for a few good men to become exorcists.
In response to growing interest in the rite of exorcism and a shortage of trained exorcists nationwide, the bishops sponsored a two-day conference that just concluded. Interest was great, 56 bishops and 66 priests had signed up.
Church representative Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki believes there are only five or six exorcists in the U.S. and they are overwhelmed with requests to perform the rite.
Under canon law—Canon 1172 specifically—only those priests who get permission from their bishops can perform an exorcism after proper training.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that an exorcism occurs when the church, in the person of an exorcist, asks “publicly and authoritatively” in Christ’s name “that a person or object be protected against the power of the evil one and withdrawn from his dominion.”
Just in case you are wondering if you are possessed by the Devil or just a run of the mill rotten person, check for the following clues”
—Speaking in a language the individual does not know.
—Scratching, cutting, biting of the skin.
—Profound display of strength.
—Lack of appetite.
—Aversion to anything holy, such as mentioning the name of Jesus or Mary, or the act of praying.
—Strong or violent reaction to holy water.