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Thursday, 27 December 2007

Pope to mandate appointment of exorcists?

From another Italian news source, Petrus, comes the speculation that the Holy Father will issue and instruction obliging Diocesan Bishops to appoint exorcists. (Prossima un'istruzione del Papa per aumentare il numero degli esorcisti?) Thanks to Rorate Caeli for the notice of this and for their translation of this section of the article:
...Benedict XVI ... would intend to providentially deal [with the problem of diabolic forces] with an instruction, which could be published in the first months of the next year, which would determine that Diocesan Bishops...all over he world to confer the mandate to perform exorcisms to a stable number of their priests. There have not been official confimations by the Vatican, being just a rumor for the time being.
One commenter asked whether it would take 50 priests to constitute a stable group. surely there is no need to specify numbers - just specify that there must be the same number of exorcists in the diocese as the number that need to ask for the Classical Mass before it will be mandated ;-)

Interestingly, the article continues with the suggestion that the Holy Father will also encourage the recitation of the Prayer to St Michael after Mass. I was very pleased to read this because some time ago, I introduced the Leonine prayers after all weekday Masses in the parish.

Below are the Leonine Prayers for any priest who wants to use them after Mass in their parish. The form was always for the priest to go directly to kneel on the step at the foot of the altar as soon as Mass was finished and lead the people in saying the prayers. (Of course, lay people can say them privately if they are not said publicly.)
Hail Mary (three times)
Hail Holy Queen ...

Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us. (three times)
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