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#1    Saru

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

Claims that TV images show Pope Francis performing an exorcism have been denied by the Vatican.

BBC News said:

The Vatican has denied claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism, after TV images showed a man apparently reacting to him putting his hands on his head.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:37 AM

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The footage shows a young man,
who is in a wheelchair, opening his
mouth and either screaming or
breathing deeply as the Pope puts
his hands on his head and prays
The man then convulses and slumps
in his chair.
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POPE BECOMES TV EVANGELIST! shocker.
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film at eleven.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:27 AM

The station quoted exorcists as saying there was "no doubt" the Pope had either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.
Its director later apologised for "having altered the truth".
The Pope's spokesman said he "did not intend to perform any exorcism"

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He did not intend, but seems as if he nay have!
But what about the prayer bit, So the pope did not pray for the man?
I feel a film coming on!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:29 AM

Isn't an exorcism a pretty long ritual? I'd say this does not qualify as one. A blessing, yes, but a full on exorcism? Not in my opinion.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:29 PM

Its early now and when I wake up maybe I will change my mind but I don't see the big deal if he did.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:51 PM

View PostHilander, on 22 May 2013 - 12:29 PM, said:

Its early now and when I wake up maybe I will change my mind but I don't see the big deal if he did.
I do see a problem if one views handicapped people as being possessed by demons or the devil, and not taking them how they are.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:14 PM

If I may ask, why is it a bad thing that the pope would be performing an exorcism? Does it have something to do with the Pope's status?


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

View PostSkeptic Chicken, on 22 May 2013 - 06:14 PM, said:

If I may ask, why is it a bad thing that the pope would be performing an exorcism? Does it have something to do with the Pope's status?
It is a very medieval way of thinking. Do you believe in demonic possession?


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:44 PM

The whole church is based on  medieval ways of thinking.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:51 PM

It's funny how the media always looks to sensationalize anything & everything they can get their hands on.  I would not call touching someone's head an exorcism, but more of a comforting act or blessing for the person.  Many tourist who venture to Vatican city are hoping to just get a glimpse of this man, so, how fortunate that this man had a personal encounter with the Pope.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

View PostNiteMarcher, on 22 May 2013 - 06:51 PM, said:

It's funny how the media always looks to sensationalize anything & everything they can get their hands on.

Sensationalizing the story can mean the difference between someone buying your newspaper or buying your competitor's...

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:54 PM

View PostFLOMBIE, on 22 May 2013 - 11:29 AM, said:

Isn't an exorcism a pretty long ritual? I'd say this does not qualify as one. A blessing, yes, but a full on exorcism? Not in my opinion.
Not if you're the Pope! :yes:

Maybe the Pope's hands were cold.

Edited by paperdyer, 22 May 2013 - 06:56 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:03 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 22 May 2013 - 06:53 PM, said:

Sensationalizing the story can mean the difference between someone buying your newspaper or buying your competitor's...

And making "big bucks" while their at it...truth or spin!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:32 PM

View PostNiteMarcher, on 22 May 2013 - 06:51 PM, said:

It's funny how the media always looks to sensationalize anything & everything they can get their hands on.  I would not call touching someone's head an exorcism, but more of a comforting act or blessing for the person.  Many tourist who venture to Vatican city are hoping to just get a glimpse of this man, so, how fortunate that this man had a personal encounter with the Pope.
Exactly.

If others bothered to read the link in the OP, without jumping to conclusions, the explanation was:

The Pope's spokesman said he "did not intend to perform any exorcism".
"Rather as he frequently does with the sick or suffering who come his way, he simply intended to pray for a suffering person,"

How about a thread entitled, "Pope denies claim that he molested a disabled child". Shock, horror!

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Edited by Philangeli, 22 May 2013 - 07:40 PM.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:34 PM

Its a prerequisite to becoming the Pope!





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