Pope Francis has advised priests who hear the difficulty of the confessions of the parishioners not to hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.
A good confessor must be very demanding, especially when it has to deal with “real spiritual disorders”, the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at the Vatican, a training seminar on the art of hearing believers to tell their sins.
Disorders may have their roots in all sorts of circumstances, including supernatural, he suggested.
In such circumstances, the confessor“, should not hesitate to refer to the exorcists … chosen with a lot of care and caution”.
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This is not the first time that the pope spoke of exorcising the demons of a believer of the person, and it generally refers more often than his predecessors to the devil, characterizing him as a physical presence in this world.
Francis has described the jihadist who stabbed a French priest to death as satanic, as well as the acts of priests who sexually abuse children like to ask to participate in a mass satanic.
Vatican ii, the universities regularly organize training courses for exorcists, despite the practice being frowned upon by some of the church intellectuals.
Francis has also chaired, on Friday during a celebration of the sacrament of penance in the cathedral of Saint-Pierre, in the course of which he confessed himself before hearing the confessions of the faithful.