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Vatican denies Pope performed exorcism


Posted on Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments


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

The video was recorded during Sunday mass and showed a man reacting to the Pope placing his hands on his head, a scene typical of an exorcism. The footage was shown on a TV channel owned by the Italian bishops' conference along with quotes from exorcists who suggested that it did indeed show Pope Francis performing such a ritual.

In an official statement however, spokesman Federico Lombardi was quick to deny that the Pope had performed an exorcism. "Rather as he frequently does with the sick or suffering who come his way, he simply intended to pray for a suffering person," he said. The director of the TV station, Dino Boffo, later apologized, stating "I apologise for having altered the truth of the facts and for the people who are involved, in particular I apologise to the Holy Father."

"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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Comment icon #12 Posted by NiteMarcher on 22 May, 2013, 19:03
And making "big bucks" while their at it...truth or spin!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Philangeli on 22 May, 2013, 19:32
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! Give me strength.
Comment icon #14 Posted by bigjonalien on 22 May, 2013, 19:34
Its a prerequisite to becoming the Pope!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Philangeli on 22 May, 2013, 19:54
Yes, I imagine the anti-catholic, garbage-consuming under-classes might believe that!
Comment icon #16 Posted by braveone2u on 22 May, 2013, 22:54
Comment icon #17 Posted by braveone2u on 22 May, 2013, 23:01
Comment icon #18 Posted by Zaphod222 on 23 May, 2013, 8:55
Funny to see how many self-appointed experts on exorcism there suddenly are. I would not claim to know what an exorcism "looks like", but if it is nothing more than to touch someones hand and mumble something, I certainly don´t have a problem with it. This brouhaha sounds like a lot of hot air to me. (And no, I am not a Catholic.)
Comment icon #19 Posted by Lex540 on 25 May, 2013, 10:27
O really hw fascinating aren't they allowed to make exorcism t6he world never ceases to amuse me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Jor-el on 25 May, 2013, 10:58
That wasn't an exorcism... it was something else, we call it spiritual liberation. There is in fact a difference, on one hand exorcism expels a demon that abides within a person, on the other spiritual liberation liberates a person from a consistent spiritual attack from the outside of a person, in the form of mental, emotional or spiritual anguish. The Pope simply prayed for the person in question, (something any Christian can do) the visible effect was the person being liberated from a spiritual and ongoing attack.
Comment icon #21 Posted by kurtstallings on 26 May, 2013, 19:17
Jor-el is correct. When I first saw the story, I was baffled. The reporter specifically claimed that "the Pope performed an exorcism." You wouldn't have seen him greet an engaged couple and bless them, wishing them well in their marriage, and write "the Pope performed a wedding." The Rite of Exorcism is fairly intense and extensive. If anything similar happened here, and I don't know one way or the other, it would have been what the evangelicals call spiritual liberation.
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