(Rome) The well-known exorcist Gabriele Amorth affirmed recently the importance of exorcism in a lecture evening of Lepanto Foundation in Rome. Father Amorth, an exorcist in the diocese of the Pope since 1986, is a student of Father Candido Amantini, another well-known exorcist, whose beatification process is underway. Father Amorth is also Honorary President of the International Association of Exorcists. The exorcist had choice words for those who deny the existence of the devil, especially the clergy, who do not oppose adequately de-Christianization of society. Because the author of this de-Christianization was the devil himself.
Father Amorth leveled sharp criticism in this context against bishops who appoint no Exorcist and “thereby inflict serious damage to souls.” Satan is trying to raise the people against God. He entices them to deny the truth and rebel against God’s law, “even though the law of God is the best and ideal law for the people.” The “anti-faith statement” of the devil and his followers can be summarized in three points: “Do what thou wilt”, “no one has to decide on you” and “you are your own God.”
The devil “knows us, he circles us and tempts us in our weaknesses: one must therefore know his own weaknesses and avoid the dangers that are offered today in various ways, especially through television and the Internet”. The well-known exorcist warned against spiritualistic practices, each contact with magicians, soothsayers and all who claim to dispose supernatural powers or a “secret knowledge”. The vast majority of them are charlatans, so you should avoid them so as not to “stupidly be hoodwinked and to have been cheated out of one’s own money.” But some have “actually been able to get in touch with negative forces” and it’s never done for the benefit of the people.
It works against this “to have a fundamentally sincere reverence for sacred images and objects,” said Amorth. “Decisive” it is “that in everything and for everyone that the answer to all our questions can only be God, because all things were created through Him and to Him,” warns the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome.