Chief Vatican Exorcist Blames “Devil” for Sex Abuse Scandal

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Can we all agree the Roman Catholic Church is forever stuck in the dark ages and is well past the point of all hope?

Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years (who knew they had such a person?) says the demonic possession is responsible for the church’s decades-old sex abuse scandals involving priests and underage children — primarily boys.

Amorth says:

“When one speaks of ‘the smoke of Satan’ [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true, including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia.”

Amorth told the Italian language newspaper La Repubblica that the devil is:

“Pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me.”

Wrong again, Father Gabriele Amorth. The problem of pedophile priests has absolutely nothing to do with “the devil,” or “Satan,” or “El Diablo.” The problem of pedophile priests begins with an ecclesiastical power structure which harbors pedophiles, conceals other sexual behavior patterns among its clerics and uses the strategies of duplicity and counterattacks against the victims.

As long as the Roman Catholic Church refuses to acknowledge human sexuality as a healthy expression of love between two adults, and refuses to allow priests to marry or engage in healthy, adult sexual relationships with a spouse or a partner, I think, and I believe, pedophilia with be part of the culture of the priesthood.

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12 Responses to Chief Vatican Exorcist Blames “Devil” for Sex Abuse Scandal

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    If a priest molested my kid I would put a bullet in his head. No questions asked.

    The Catholic church is an increasingly deranged and sick cult of populated by old perverts and freaks. I hope they just away and the Vatican becomes just another museum destination for tourists to visit.

  2. JollyRoger says:

    Of course it’s a problem of power. We all know that a hell of a lot of clergy (not to mention scoutmasters and camp counselors) enter their lines of work because of the power it gives them over their potential victims.

    Never trust ANYONE in an organized religion.

  3. Seabec says:

    Great analysis. The cult of Catholicism is mired in the Medieval times and this stick-to-it-ness will ultimately be what destroys the Vatican.

    Frankly, if Benedict can’t or won’t police his own, then I would argue they should not be allowed in the U.S. and anywhere near young men and women.

    Shame on Americans who send their children to the dark reaches of this church.

  4. Harry says:

    I feel like I should be prepared to dodge a spew of green split-pea soup after reading this.

  5. Wily Old Scratch, up to his tricks once again, a shame how he has you all fooled!

  6. DMason says:

    I don’t doubt there are good, decent and honorable men who become priests to help the poor, the sick and disabled. These are selfless men who heed a calling. However, it strikes me as peculiar that so many men who meet the definition of “pedophile,” become priests. I think it has everything to do with power.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Well, OK Padre, as long as you’ve got a devil to blame. Keep fucking that chicken.

  8. BuddhalovesPaine says:

    I was just wondering if you saw the report on yahoo about a school somewhere, mississippi I think, that canceled its prom because a lesbian student wanted to bring a female date? I am sorry to say this but that is beyond tragic. It is so tragic that it is actually funny. What is really wild is that the story is being twisted in the area so that the students blame the girl that the prom was canceled as if the scholl authorities had no say in the matter. That fact that the students seemed to buy this train of thought is absolutely hallarious evidence of how well US skhools are teaching students to think these days. That is tragic.

  9. R.J. says:

    The Catholic Church is the devil.

  10. libhomo says:

    Anti Catholic Protestants have been saying that Satan has infiltrated the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. I’m surprised that the Vatican would concede that point, as superstitious as it is.

  11. Big Hank says:

    If memory serves, wasn’t there was a sleazy Cardinal running a male prostitution ring out of the Vatican back in the 80’s?

    This queens at the Vatican are responsible for giving all gay men a bad name. Sheeple read stories like this and say, “Ah huh! These gay men are out of control and need to be jailed or killed.”

    Fuck the Catholic church, the Pope and the Vatican.

  12. Matteo says:

    Make. It. Stop.

    Pope in talks with top German bishop over sex abuse

    Pope Benedict XVI is meeting Germany’s top bishop for talks amid a crisis over sexual abuse of children by priests in his native country.

    Bishop Robert Zollitsch is expected to put before the Pope details of accusations made in some 200 alleged cases of abuse by German priests.

    Europe’s Catholic pedophile scandal now affects institutions in Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany.

    The Pope has called the Irish abuse a “heinous crime” and “grave sin”.

    Among the German cases are alleged abuses at a boys choir in the 1950s and 1960s.

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