Thursday, August 31, 2006


Italian Catholic exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth has declared Hitler and Stalin were possessed by Satan:
"The devil can possess not only individuals but also entire groups and populations. For example, I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed by the devil," he said.

"If one thinks of what was committed by people like Stalin or Hitler, certainly they were possessed by the devil. This is seen in their actions, in their behavior and in the horrors they committed," he said.

"Therefore, society also needs to be defended against the devil," he said.

Well, he and I are sort of on the same page. Anyone certainly can fall under the influence of Satan. Satan is a schemer, a liar, a murderer, a lion seeking whom he may devour. He is real and he is active. And you and I are on his target list. Does that mean they--or we--are possessed in the same way as the Gerasene demoniac was? Well, let's just say that someone who is a professional exorcist might have a reason to promote that idea.

In the same interview, Amorth throws Harry Potter in the same, um, cauldron:
"Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of the darkness, the devil," says Father Gabriele Amorth, the Pope's "caster-out of demons".

Well, at the risk of being accused of being lured by Satan's tools, I have to admit I like the Harry Potter books.

Uh oh.

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