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What year is it, anyway?

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on August 20, 2008

In the reality based community, when you’ve got a problem, you call an expert with some skills and training to deal with it. In the rest of the world, you call a priest to blame evil spirits and do nothing for a small pile of money. How else to explain asking a wizened old Catholic priest to explain ‘perversions’ and STDs?

Promiscuity, as well as homosexuality and pornography, says 73 year-old Fr. Jeremy        Davies, is a form of sexual perversion and can lead to demonic possession. Offering what may be an explanation for the explosion of homosexuality in recent years, Fr. Davies said, “Among the causes of homosexuality is a contagious demonic factor.”

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  1. Believer said, on August 20, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    First, a clarification: catholic priests do not charge for exorcisms. I’m not sure where you got your information regarding this point. Also, your assertion that in the real world, people who have emotional/mental problems go to an expert that is trained and skilled is correct. I’m assuming you are referring to a medical doctor.

    As for your other point about priests dispensing advice about STDs and perversions, I sense a trace of sarcasm in it. Most priests are not medical doctors but are hardly uneducated fools either. In fact, I find it difficult to find a priest today that does not have a professional or academic degree in a specific discipline, whether it be engineering, psychology or law. Anyway, it has been known for centuries among priests that vices and perversions can certainly be caused by a demonic presence. How do they know this? Well, during an exorcism, a priest, under the authority of Jesus, asks a series of questions to the demon to solicit as much information as possible. The idea is to have as much information as possible to expel the demon. Questions like, “What is your name?” and “Why are you possessing this person?” are usually asked. Sometimes, the demon answers by describing how it successfully possessed the individual. For instance, demons throughout the ages have said that they stoke our lusts, greed, pride, etc. to lead us into behavior that the Bible prohibits. Their aim is to capture as many souls as possible by making us not believe in the Bible, erase all limitations to all sorts of behavior, and ultimately, to not believe in God. Given this knowledge, I believe this is why priests state that perverted behavior is demon-sourced. There is much more wisdom in the halls of the Vatican than you are giving it credit for. From the outside looking in, this stuff does indeed sound like hocus pocus. But in reality, this stuff exists. It is only because we are not priests, or layman closely tied to the Church, that most of us find this stuff unbelievable and medievalistic.


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