VATICAN CITY — The Vatican university is offering a course for Roman Catholic priests wishing to brush up their exorcism skills, the BBC reported Thursday.
The history of Satanism and its biblical context, psychology and the law will be part of the course at the prestigious Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum.
There will also be seminars on the spiritual, liturgical and pastoral work involved in being a caster-out of demons.
Milan’s official exorcist for more than 20 years, Father Giulio Savoldi, told the BBC each case of possession is different and therefore requires extensive background training.
"Those studying to become exorcists should also study psychology and know how to distinguish between a mental illness and a possession," he said. "And — finally — they need to be very patient." [Source]
Over the last couple of weeks I have seen this story reported over and over in different outlets. Why exactly though is this a story. This comes under what Mark Shea would call a "Water is wet" or possibly "Dog bites dog" story. This is more of a implied "isn’t that quaint" story as if the Catholic Church still believing what it has always believed is news.
Speaking of Mark Shea does anybody have a suggestion of a saint who is the patron of rapid manuscript writing to ask intercession for?