“Are we taking two steps back?”
LA priest says recent exorcism conference sponsored by U.S. bishops ‘another of those trappings we’ve pulled out of the past’
"A prominent priest of the Los Angeles archdiocese has suggested that a recent conference on exorcism held a few days before a meeting of U.S. bishops was unnecessary and represented a step backwards for the Church.
U.S. bishops sponsored a two-day exorcism training conference on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, just days before they begin their fall national meeting in Baltimore on Nov. The Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism was held to teach more priests how to perform the rite, the Catholic News Agency reported, noting that more than 50 bishops and 60 priests were registered for the event.
The training session caught the attention of the New York Times, which published a Nov. 12 story about it under the headline, “For Catholics, Interest in Exorcism Revived.”
Among those interviewed for the story was Fr. Richard Vega, a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and current president of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. The Times reported that when Fr. Vega first learned of the exorcism workshop, “My immediate reaction was to say, why?”
“He said that he had not heard of any requests for exorcisms and that the topic had not come up in the notes of meetings from councils of priests in various dioceses,” the Times story continued. “The conference on exorcism comes at a time, he said, when the church is bringing back traditional practices. The Vatican has authorized the revival of the Latin Mass, and now a revised English translation of the liturgy, said to be closer to a direct translation from the Latin, is to be put in use in American parishes next year.”
“People are talking about, are we taking two steps back?” Fr. Vega told the Times. “My first reaction when I heard about the exorcism conference was, this is another of those trappings we’ve pulled out of the past.”"
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What is Fr. Vega thinking?
Where did he go for seminary training?
Has he never heard of the devil?
We must encourage Fr. Vega to read his Catechism.
"1673 When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism. Jesus performed exorcisms and from him the Church has received the power and office of exorcizing. In a simple form, exorcism is performed at the celebration of Baptism. The solemn exorcism, called "a major exorcism," can be performed only by a priest and with the permission of the bishop. The priest must proceed with prudence, strictly observing the rules established by the Church. Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness, is a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science. Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness."
Catechism of the Catholic Church.