Jimmy Akin has a good post on Exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth who is in the news once again for claiming that Hitler and Stalin were possessed.
The fact is that Fr. Amorth is an individual given to making sweeping statements that are not firmly grounded and that are subject to a credulous mindset that is too ready to see possession (full-blown or not).
How else can one explain his claim–in his book An Exorcist Tells His Story–to have performed thirty THOUSAND exorcisms in a nine year period? That’s nine exorcisms PER DAY for nine years–Sundays included!
If this claim is remotely accurate then the man is a walking exorcism factory.
Especially since each exorcism requires canonical approval his bishop would also have to be one exorcism permitting factory also. Though now his claims are 50,000 served as if he is competing with McDonalds. Dr.Ed Peters had previously reviewed Fr. Amorth’s book and noted:
I begin by noting that Fr. Benedict Groeschel wrote one of the most tepid forewords to a book I have ever seen. “At first I declined,” he noted, and then he continued, “…I have difficulties with Fr. Amorth’s approach. He writes of this intriguing subject in ways quite foreign to the ideas of the English-speaking world…he uses rhetoric foreign to most of us and even theological concepts alien to our way of thinking…” Groeschel’s concerns are justified, and the cultural oddities are many. See, for example, Amorth’s comments on gypsies, mentioned only because “they are everywhere in Europe”, and whom he lumps together with “card readers and scoundrels” (p. 161), or his brief but confused discussion of the stereotypically Italian “evil eye” (p. 132). But bothersome as such details are, the problems are deeper than this.
Now what do you do with an out of control exorcist? If his bishop removed his faculties as an exorcist would this be considered repossession? Or do you hope for a Megan to come along and a bad fall?