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March 15, 2010
What we need is a good old fashioned exorcism on Capitol Hill
Deadlines have come and gone. Bribes and threats have chipped away at any holdouts. Following rules and procedures has gone by the wayside. Reconciliation and the tenuous Slaughter amendment still threaten. Up or down vote-either for the Senate bill to be amended later or a clean vote-the last punch.
The Pelosi posse continues to charge toward victory while a majority of Americans are flabbergasted as to how this behemoth called health care reform ever got so out of control.
We've tried everything from town halls to face to faces with our congressman, phone calls, commercials, monetary donations, begging, pleading with powers that be, to slow down the process, and consider what the passing of this legislation will do to bankrupt our economy-to no avail.
There appears to be only one avenue left, albeit extreme: exorcism.
Just the other day, the mainstream press splashed the headlines that demons, and Satan himself live inside the Vatican. If buildings which house the highest percentage per capita of holy people in the world play host to the devil and his minions, and they need their own full time exorcist, then the halls of the U.S. Congress surely have witnessed their own demons as well.
The story came from an article in La Repubblica last week about the 84 year old Vatican exorcist, Rev. Gabriele Amorth. Father Amorth recently published The Memoirs of an Exorcist, a book of interviews with Marco Tosatti, the Vatican journalist. The priest's candor about the 70,000 exorcisms he has performed should dispel any doubts that non-believers may have regarding the existence of the devil.
Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil was "pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable.
From the timesonline.co.uk:
And the Vatican? "Legions of demons have lodged there. The majority of those in the Vatican do good work. But Pope Paul VI talked about the ‘smoke of Satan' infiltrating the Vatican as long ago as 1972. Satan sets out to damage the leadership of the Church - and of politics, industry and sport, for that matter."
At least Fr. Amorth thinks a majority of people in the Vatican do good work. Unfortunately, Capitol Hill cannot claim the same advantage. Shall we get in touch with the Roman exorcist, and set up a session, say Friday of this week?
Remember what St. Paul wrote:
"Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect." (Eph 6:12-13)
If anyone else has suggestions as to how to stop this juggernaut in its tracks, please enlighten us.