There is a story that sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican”, according to the Holy See’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth.
Father Amorth apparently became an exorcist in 1986, and has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession.
That’s a lot of demons.
Since the Times Online in London, where the story came from, was too lazy to consider what was being claimed, let us help them out.
70,000 cases over 25 years is 2800 per year. Working 365 days a year, that is 7.7 cases per day, every day, for 25 years.
Of course, ‘dealt with’ does not necessarily mean a full-bore investigation and exorcism – although Father Amorth is an exorcist and not an investigator.
Either the math is wildly wrong, as in 70,000 is too high a figure – or maybe the Vatican needs more exorcists as it appears to be a losing battle.
According to the article, anything bad that happens is the work of the Devil.
But more importantly – WHERE ARE THE EXORCISMS OF THE PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS? Surely if this is the work of the Devil, a top priority would have been exorcising the Devil out of priests.