To meet the mounting demand for exorcists, the diocese of Milan has doubled the number of qualified priests from six to 12 and has set up a telephone helpline to locate the nearest one available.
In an interview with the diocese weekly IncrociNews, auxiliary bishop Mons. Angelo Mascheroni, in charge of the College of Exorcists, said that the demand for their services has doubled in recent times.
“I always ask first whether enquirers have consulted ‘magicians’,” said Mons. Mascheroni, referring to the many so-called “experts” offering their services in newspaper and television advertising, “who might have tricked them out of money.” He adds: “I also ask whether they have consulted [medical] specialists, because it’s often a case of mental, psychic or psychiatric phenomena. And one also has to beware of relatives, who are often ready to say ‘It’s the Devil’s fault!’”
And if an enquirer admits to not having been to confession for 10 years, Mons. Mascherone tells them ,”First go to confession, and everything will look better.”
Distressed enquirers needing help can call 02 855 6457 to be put in touch with the nearest qualified exorcist, or can find the names, addreses and areas of activity on the IncrociNews website.
Photo. Mons. Mascheroni