UNI OFFERS EXORCISM COURSE
An exorcism course for priests is being offered by Rome’s Roman Catholic university “in response to the popularity of Satanism and the rise in occultism”.
"This seminar was established in response to the popularity of Satanism in music, clothes and objects, but also in response to the rise of occultism, magic and mystic experiences," said the reverend Paolo Scafaroni, rector of the Queen of the Apostles (Regina Apostolorum) Athenaeum in Rome.
Italian police are warning that Satanism and devil worship are on the rise.
Marco Strano, an Italian police expert in Satanism, said: "Satanism is a phenomenon which is growing but it is impossible to quantify. Satanists are performing their rites in secret."
Up to 1,000 sects are believed to be involved in Satanism in Italy, according to a parliamentary group monitoring the issue.
They were accused of murdering three of their friends and were suspected of having pushed two others to suicide.
The class debuts as an Italian court prepares to try eight people believed to
belong to a Satanic sect for their alleged role in three ritual killings. Sect
members belonged to a heavy metal band called "Beasts of Satan."
They were arrested in June near Milan.
The class at the academy - run by the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative
order - drew both Italians and foreigners. Rev. Christopher Barak, who came from
the Lincoln, Neb., area at his bishop's request, senses a renewed concern about
the devil among Roman Catholics.
The course was conceived by the Legionaries of Christ, a powerful, wealthy and conservative order founded in Mexico in 1941 that is described as being close to Pope John Paul II.
Rev. Scafaroni said the aim of the course is to prepare priests and seminarians "to distinguish real cases of diabolic possession from mental problems so they can be referred to exorcists."
About 100 priests attended the opening lecture by the Reverend Gabriele Nanni, 46, the diocesan exorcist from the northern city of Modena.
Rev. Nanni said exorcists seek to drive out demons through prayer rather than the incantations, rites and magic formulas of popular mythology.
He said the fact the British Royal Navy allowed a practicing Satanist in a submarine crew was proof of a wide scale problem.
SOURCE: World News