This story is just riddled with good stuff, so riddled that I’m having trouble forming a coherent thought.
In the town of Poczernin, Poland, there is a priest named Andrzej Trojanowski wanting to set up an exorcism center. Exorcists say, and I quote, “Typical cases include people who turn away from the church and embrace New Age therapies, alternative religions or the occult. Internet addicts and yoga devotees are also at risk.”
Um…how tradditional are exorcisms? I know they’ve been around a while, but so has Yoga. Watch yourself.
A few lines later, Trojanowski says “conventional medical therapy often neglects spiritual ailments.” What does that make exorcism? Hmm. That would be an alternative therapy. Do we need another exorcism for the exorcised because they turned to exorcism? I see an infinite loop forming.
Another fine point is exorcists say they’re careful not to treat the mentally ill. Um, isn’t being possessed by demons what people used to call mental illness? And how do they know if someone’s mentally ill or possessed by demons? It seems like a very difficult line to walk. Are they acting weird because of schizophrenia, or because Satan is telling them to? Is that the voices or the voice of Satan? How can they ever know?
One example I thought was weird was that of a woman who renewed her wedding vows as part of marriage counselling, *this becomes important*, and then days later, wanted a divorce. They said this had to be a work of Satan, because how could she develop such a strong hatred for her husband so fast? Uh, they were in therapy. The marriage wasn’t working. Maybe she realized that renewing her vows was a mistake and everything came to the surface. The kicker is that happened four years ago, and they’re still trying to help this “afflicted wife.” So that exorcism thing is rreally working for ya, isn’t it?
all this proves is the same old thing. Religion is full of contradictions, and can’t hope to say anything that manages to make sense.