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Satanists, beware.
The Pope is coming after you.
And he looks like he means business:

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I can’t believe this is a real headline: Pope’s exorcist squads will wage war on Satan.

Each bishop is to be told to have in his diocese a number of priests trained to fight demonic possession.
The initiative was revealed by 82-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican “exorcistinchief,” to the online Catholic news service Petrus.
“Thanks be to God, we have a Pope who has decided to fight the Devil head-on,” he said.
“Too many bishops are not taking this seriously and are not delegating their priests in the fight against the Devil. You have to hunt high and low for a properly trained exorcist.

Stop. Now. Please.

Father Paolo Scarafoni, who lectures on the Vatican’s exorcism course, said interest in Satanism and the occult has grown as people lost faith with the church.
He added: “People suffer and think that turning to the Devil can help solve their problems. We are being bombarded by requests for exorcisms.”

Who requests that? Do you request that? I’m mad at you.
At least it can’t get any dumber, right?

The Vatican is particularly concerned that young people are being exposed to the influence of Satanic sects through rock music and the Internet.

*sigh*
I can’t understand why people still listen to the Pope, much less call him infallible.
***Update***: The Vatican denies the expansion… but they still believe in exorcisms and the devil and all that jazz… so it’s not that much better. (Thanks to Rob for pointing this out!)
(Thanks to Grazatt for the link!)

[tags]atheist, atheism, Catholic, religion, demon, Satan[/tags]