Demands for exorcisms in the Catholic Church are on the rise amid a resurgence of interest in occult practice in the United States.
According to the December edition of the The Atlantic, priests are fielding more requests for exorcisms.
Among the general public, a growing number of Americans believe that demonic possession is real, according to recent data from YouGov and Gallup polling on the subject. Gallup surveys indicate that from 1990 to 2007, the portion of Americans who believed as such grew from 55 to 70 percent.
Father Vincent Lampert, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, told the Atlantic that he has received 1,700 phone or email requests for exorcisms this year, by far the most he’s ever received in a single year.
Likewise, Father Gary Thomas, who is a Rome-trained exorcist, received “at least a dozen requests a week.”
“Several other priests reported that without support from church staff and volunteers, their exorcism ministries would quickly swallow up their entire weekly schedules,” the Atlantic reported.
The Roman Catholic Church has been training new exorcists in a few cities in the U.S. and other countries. While no official statistics exist, there were only 15 officially trained exorcists in 2011, according to Thomas, who now says there are over 100 today.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter