Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pope Guides Priests to Refer People to Exorcists; When People Suffer from Spiritual Disturbances

Pope Francis says priests should refer people to an exorcist if they suffer from "genuine spiritual disturbances," the Newsmax website reports today (March 19, 2017).

In an address to a group of priests at a Vatican workshop on confession on March 17, the pope said good confessors are "more useful than ever" and "even necessary in our times."

The pontiff said confessors are called to venture to the "peripheries of evil and sin" -- and people coming to confess their sins may be in desperate situations.

"They could also have spiritual disturbances, whose nature should be submitted to careful discernment, taking into account all the existential, ecclesial, natural, and supernatural circumstances," Francis said.

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